North Beach, MD
Addressing Sea Level Rise in a Coastal Town
The city of North Beach, MD was in need of new zoning laws as they transition to sustainable measures within their city.
As a team, we decided to complete the streets, fix the city grid, and concentrate retail along Chesapeake Avenue. We created green space within the public realm, something the city was desperately lacking.
We designed the central plaza to be floodable but still usable during this frequent flooding. Houses along the coast are no longer rebuilt, allowing the natural coastline to re-emerge and allowing a natural barrier between the bay and the city.
Top: Boardwalk looking towards lighthouse Bottom Left: Road along boardwalk Bottom Right: Residential street