It was found that the neighborhood’s Base Flood Elevation, or BFE, is 7 feet. According to FEMA requirements, new housing units need to be elevated 2 feet higher than the BFE, which is equal to 9 feet for the study area. Topographic analysis and storm surge estimates were performed at 500m digital modeling to give spatial mapping of Coney Island Peninsula (above left) as well as regional analysis (above right). Color mapping shows flood zones of 0-3 feet, 3-6 feet, 7-10 feet and greater than 10 feet, with the Wave UP housing typology site susceptible to flooding at 7 feet of storm surge.
Wave Up defines itself as an eco-sustainable project for the reconstruction of place and maintaining the streetscape of the blocks. The facade is a classical single unit with the flood damaged ground floor eliminated while being replaced by a Do It Yourself (DIY) floating rig.
With the loss of the ground floor, the volume of the home will be recovered in the addition of a prefabricated top floor. The top floor is set 14 feet back to provide a balcony and it protect the existence streetscape. When viewed from the ground level, the setback of the top floor will give the appearance that the classical facade is preserved.
The angled roof tops add architectural elements to the top floor, inspired by geometric representations of wave forms, and provide the optimum position of the photovaltaic panels for maximum solar provisioning. The reuse of materials, the selection of natural elements adjusted to the micro climate, and the moderate expense of recovery are all elements of an eco
-lifestyle that Wave UP promotes through it’s design.
The average weight of a large SUV is around 6,000lb. It takes only 1 cubic foot of Styrofoam brand buoyancy billets to float 55lb. By using 6 pieces (6’10” x 20” x 4’) of Styrofoam, the above illustrated floating deck is capable of lifting 22,000lb. The calculated material cost is below $800.
It is a very simple structure, capable of saving a valued vehicle in the wake of a storm. In a combination of the mechanical prefabricated unit detailed above, the floating car lift will be a low-tech design powered by the buoyancy of the storm surge floodwater. A series of DIY workshops to retrofit homes with the plug in and floating lift are proposed. These workshops will engage the community to rebuild while keeping strong neighborhood tradition and would act as a programming component for the contemporary wetland.
were also selected based upon their ability to benefit one another in their ecological roles. For example, both Partridge Pea and False Indigo Bush are nitrogen-fixing plants, which provide beneficial nutrients to neighboring plants. Additionally, the use of native plants will reduce the need for supplemental water and fertilizers while providing habitat for native fauna. Also included are several native plants known to attract butterflies and the beach plum, which provides delicious edible fruit.
The last unique element of our proposal for sustainability and the community connectivity is the “Happy Meter.” A Happy Meter is a playful visual display on the facade of a house indicating the household's electricity consumption. The faces on the meter indicate if a particular home is using below, at, or above the average state electric consumption compared to a similar size house. Making energy usage visible may encourage a reduction in consumption by up to 15%. Most importantly, the Happy Meter can unite the neighborhood towards reducing electric usage in light of climate change.