Best Practice: Visualize The Design

The Living Breakwaters Project has employed a variety of interactive design exercises to help the public understand the potential impacts of their project’s design process on the south shore of New York City’s Staten Island. The project team utilized both tangible visualizations, physical cut-outs of the breakwaters and shorelines, as well as an interactive online tool to assist community participants in considering each potential design’s footprint, distance from the shoreline, visual impact and potential construction hurdles.

 

Example: Staten Island

The Living Breakwaters Project has employed a variety of interactive design exercises to help the public understand the potential impacts of their project’s design process on the south shore of New York City’s Staten Island. The project team utilized both tangible visualizations, physical cut-outs of the breakwaters and shorelines, as well as an interactive online tool to assist community participants in considering each potential design’s footprint, distance from the shoreline, visual impact and potential construction hurdles.

 

Example: Staten Island

The team worked with the virtual reality company, Iris, to create a 3D rendering of a living breakwater. Community residents were able to put on a headset linked to concept designs and virtually dive off the Tottenville shoreline to explore the proposed offshore breakwaters.

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