Blue City Blue Blocks Garden
Fourteen percent of New Yorkers—1.3 million people—live within or adjacent to the 100-year floodplain (Rebuild by Design, 2018). Protecting people, structures, and property as sea level continues to rise in the years ahead will be one of the great engineering challenges of the 21st century and beyond.
“Blue City Blue Blocks Gardens” offer a community-driven solution to help plan the city for resiliency and circularity through innovative design, experiential education, and green economy training. The project harnesses the combined strengths and skills of Pratt faculty and students, the RETI Center, South Brooklyn Community High School, and PS 676 to design the second iteration of Blue City floating gardens—full-scale, semi-submersible structures mimicking an integrated ecological system—that will not only improve air and water quality but also increase habitat for waterfowl and marine life at the GBX Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn. As an extension to RETI’s resilience-focused curriculum for schools, the project will provide students with hands-on learning about clear water, marine habitat formation, and plant training to promote civic ecology practices and advance environmental resilience.