The Necklace


The demolition of an entire block in Union Beach, NJ after Superstorm Sandy presented a unique opportunity to explore resilient design strategies as they relate to the devastation of natural disasters and to consider the broader implications of building in shoreline areas during an era of rapid climate change. Located in the marshlands off Raritan Bay, our site sits just 4’ above sea level surrounded on three sides by marshlands. Given the most conservative estimates of sea level rise, over the next 25-50 years, our site will experience annual flooding and see waters rise as high as 4’ above grade during average storm surges. Therefore, our scheme gives back the northern half of the block to wetlands recovery and treats the southern strip along Prospect Avenue as ‘bay-front’ housing. By increasing density, from detached single family homes to attached two-family townhouse-style homes, we have replaced all the demolished dwellings on the block.

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About the Center


The New Jersey Institute of Technology has established a Center to inform and implement a resilient Post-Sandy recovery in New Jersey. Through applied research, field testing, and community outreach, we provide residents, business owners, design professionals, and government officials with actionable 21st Century ready-to-build designs and expertise for disaster recovery in areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.

We can assist communities in post-hurricane recovery efforts. The question in many towns is not whether to rebuild, but how to rebuild. With NJIT’s extensive institutional knowledge and a significant cadre of current and future architects and engineers seeking opportunities to apply resilient solutions, our Center will help New Jersey prepare for the next natural disaster. Learning from Post-Katrina efforts at Tulane University, which created long-term benefits for the communities along the Gulf Coast, NJIT is providing leadership on architectural design and resilient solutions, potentially creating new markets and opportunities for enhanced economic development in New Jersey, and ideas to be exported throughout the country and around the world.


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