One Architecture is a global leader in resilience infrastructure, through flagship projects in New York and other cities, as well as through its consultancy for, a.o., 100 Resilient Cities and the Asian Development Bank. One Architecture founder Matthijs Bouw is the Rockefeller Urban Resilience Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Resilience is the ability to deal with shocks and stresses, and to transform itself within critical thresholds. ONE understands resilience as the primary lens through which complex systems can be enhanced and transformed. ONE views resilience as a focal point around which our office re-imagines local economies, urban systems and infrastructure.
Scheduled to begin construction in late 2019, this 2 and a half mile section of New York City’s waterfront will be the first phase of the ‘Big U‘ to be implemented. In collaboration with Arcadis and Bjarke Ingels Group, ONE has co-led Urban Design and Community Engagement efforts as part of a large multi-disciplinary team that is developing the design for the first section of coastal protection and community infrastructure upgrades along Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side.
LMCR, the second compartment of the ‘Big U’ to move forward, is a feasibility, planning, and design study to understand the best strategies for implementing flood protection for Lower Manhattan. Representing an incredibly diverse physical, social, and political cross section of the city, this project poses many challenges and opportunities in synthesizing broader urban agendas in the implementation of flood protection. For NYC’s Economic Development Corporation, One Architecture is currently working on feasibility studies and concept design.
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated a large swath of the Philippine archipelago. Among the hardest hit was the city of Tacloban, home to more than a quarter million people. In the following two years, an engineering team deployed by the Dutch government’s Disaster Risk Reduction facility developed a masterplan for a protective coastal greenbelt through the region, utilizing both “hard” infrastructure improvements as well as “soft” ecological rehabilitation. In 2016, One Architecture was awarded a Global Resilience Partnership Seed Grant to facilitate the first series of pilot projects identified by the masterplan. The pilot sites will be monitored throughout 2017-18, not only for ecological success, but also to assess economic impact and social/governance factors in individual project design, implementation, and maintenance. The on-the-ground feedback will be used to iteratively improve the original (emergency) masterplan, as the team works with the local government to develop a resilient, and implementable, long-term strategy for the city.
Climate Ready Boston is Mayor Walsh’s ongoing initiative to help Boston plan for the future impacts of climate change. The City released a comprehensive report in December 2016 that assessed how Boston will be impacted by more flooding and extreme weather. Now the City is taking action to plan and implement priority initiatives, and ONE has been contracted to work on Climate Ready East Boston and Charlestown. East Boston and Charlestown are among the neighborhoods that are most vulnerable to coastal flooding from sea level rise and coastal storms. The City received a grant from the Massachusetts Off ice of Coastal Zone Management to begin developing coastal resilience strategies for vulnerable areas in East Boston and north Charlestown. ONE’s goal over the coming months is to work with community residents, businesses, and our partners in the region to envision long term solutions, anchored by tangible projects that can be implemented over the nearer term. These efforts will be guided by the principles, strategies, and initiatives proposed in the Climate Ready report.
Under the title ‘Dialogos del Agua’, One Architecture developed, with Arcadis, an integral water management strategy for three watersheds in Panama. Commissioned by the Panama municipality after severe and repeated flooding, the strategy called for an integral approach that involved government, the local community, as well as private developers.
In a series of workshops, the drainage systems, the newly proposed retention areas and the rivers were re-designed as a series of parks with enough capacity to manage stormwater (even in times of coastal flooding), while providing benefits to the community. In addition to a set of spatial proposals, the strategy involved advice on the institutional framework, a handbook for water sensitive urbanism, as well the creation of a community task force to help keeping the drains clean.
in collaboration with: Arcadis
The industrial area Albertkanaal is a business area that stretches from the center of Antwerp to Wijnegem. The area is the subject of a durable transition. With a team of specialists (POSAD, One Architecture, Arcadis and 3E) a concept study on the themes of energy and water is elaborated and will contribute to a sustainable future for the area. This study is approached in a holistic way: results are developed by developing business cases together with stakeholders, so that they are widely supported.
One Architecture has been responsible for the spatial design on the theme of water. Within this theme two business cases are elaborated:
The first case is investigating the possibilities of a greywater network, where water from a nearby sewage treatment plant will be reused within a (cluster of) companies for different processes, eg. cleaning of process equipment, process water, water treatment, steam generation, cooling and the sanitary. The study also examined whether rainwater that is collected from roofs can be reused within the company itself.
The second case examines possible measures for climate-adaptive space, to address problems such as risks of flooding and heat-stress which this area is dealing with. By zoning the area into smaller sections, it was possible to simulate possible rainwater-flooding risks, showing which areas and which of the stakeholders are at risk. A set of measures for climate-adaptation are proposed in the study. The business case focuses on one of the measures: a watersquare near the dock, which besides having water detaining capacity also serves as a recreational playground for the residential neighborhood.
In 2008, housing corporation Rentree’s ambitious plans for the transformation of the Deventer Rivierenwijk came to a slow stop. 300 houses were already demolished in the process, leaving a neighborhood torn to pieces.
ONE’s subsequent Urban Framework describes new spatial starting points, conditions and directives. It indicates how the actors’ various spatial interventions, e.g. the reconstruction of the Amstellaan, 500 new houses, local facilities, neighborhood connections, and landscape structure, will combine into a coherent result. All obstacles obstructing the restart have been solved with the designs of the plan’s components.
An important feature in the design and how the neighborhood will function in the future was integrating and widening the Amstellaan, a main traffic artery. In the past, developers and engineers had imagined many options, all equally unfeasible and undesirable, all based on a pure technical infrastructural logic. One Architecture changed roles: by making the engineers work with the designers, One Architecture created a new design. Suddenly, the design was within budget and received the full support of the area’s residents. Now, this design has been developed, tendered and is under construction, with an estimated delivery late 2014.
Further optimizations of the plan’s components are the result of this joint planning process. Project Amstellaan will result in a “tree bank”, making full-grown trees available cheaply for new construction. The green buffer space enables flexibility and room for optimization of Rentree’s housing program.
Dwarka is a new sub-city planned under the burden of providing growing population in 1990. It is strategically located close to the airport in South West Delhi and is planned for a population of one million-plus (primarily middle-class) inhabitants. From observations at the site and discussions with experts it is vident that development does not come off the ground, in part due to speculation, in part due to severe water shortages. Sizeable areas still stand vacant, and apartment buildings are only partly occupied. This is remarkable, given the fact that many areas much further from the center, the airport and the business-hub of Gurgaon are developing rapidly.
Water is key to a future development of Dwarka. As an essential building-block of any future vision or scenario for Dwarka, the water issue needs to be addressed first.
The aim is to develop strategies, projects and tools for addressing the (urgent) water. It is a parallel process where there are no fixed set of solutions but the idea is to test out to make Dwarka a more self-sustainable sub-city with alternate scenarios and by asking fundamental questions, spreading awareness for the urgency of the issue and at the same time demonstrating with appropriate action plans/concrete projects.
A site in size of 900m x 900m is identified around the station of Delhi metro for further study and strategy testing. Several proposals are put forward to solve current problems and bridge the gap between water consumption and supply. The designs aims to close water loop by increasing water-holding capacity, recharging groundwater, treating wastewater locally, implementing water design into landscape and architecture designs. The new road system aims for slow traffic and giving the space back to pedestrian. Meanwhile, roads are narrowed down in order to save more space for water management. Stormwater management system will be implemented into green structure for ecological and landscape value. The testsite will be a demonstration for other cases in the sub-city or in other areas of Delhi or India.