The DryLine

Rebuild by design

To protect Manhattan against future superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy, award-winning architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) developed a vision with and for the people of New York City. This Squint/Opera film documents the results of the studio’s year-long design process generated during the Rebuild by Design competition, an initiative of the President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

The film uses interview footage with NYC residents overlayed with motion graphics to illustrate their fears about future storms, as well as ideas on how they could be prevented. To illustrate ways in which the city could become more resilient, CG animation is combined with live footage to visualise these changes, creating a hybrid New York as imagined by the interviewees. We finish with an aerial view of Manhattan, the proposed 'Dry Line' added with motion graphics, giving a sense of the project as a whole. 


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