In 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) selected the City of Bridgeport and a multidisciplinary design team led by New Orleans-based Waggonner and Ball to prepare an integrated resilience framework for Bridgeport for the federal Rebuild by Design Competition. The resulting HUD grant award of $10,000,000, received by the State of Connecticut in 2015, will be used to develop a plan for reducing flood risk and improving resilience for the South End and Black Rock Harbor areas, and to build a pilot project in the South End that serves as a catalyst for full implementation of broader flood protection and resilience strategies.

Community Resources


Design Conditions Report

Download the Bridgeport Atlas to read about Bridgeport’s history, ecosystems, development and neighborhoods.


Broadsheet Issue 01

Read the Design Conditions broadsheet to learn about existing conditions in Bridgeport and the South End.


Broadsheet Issue 02

The Adaptation at the Water’s Edge Broadsheet contains information about resilience and adaptive measures in the face of climate change.


Broadsheet Issue 03

Resilient Bridgeport Community Events

The Resilient Bridgeport design team hosts workshops and public events in the South End and at 7 Middle Street in downtown Bridgeport. Sign up above for updates and to learn more about coastal resilience and planning efforts. Documents and resources from past events are catalogued below by event date.

  1. March 24, 2016 Open House

  2. The focus of the Open House was to share research and design work underway, and to outline the project process and timeline and how those relate to the other waterfront planning efforts taking place in Bridgeport today. Also discussed was how upcoming community engagement could be most meaningful to Bridgeport residents.

  3. June 10, 2016 Climate Change & Culture Community Events

  4. Bridgeport residents, regional historic preservation officials and experts, local scientists and designers, and design team members gathered in downtown Bridgeport for “Culture & Climate.” The afternoon began with lunchtime lectures by representatives of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Participants then worked in two groups to tackle critical issues such as sea level rise projections, dry egress, different strategies for addressing chronic flooding and storm surge in the low-lying areas of Bridgeport, and selection criteria for design strategies and the pilot project. Participants then departed on foot for key sites in the South End. One group visited the University of Bridgeport, Seaside Park, Seaside Village and Marina Village. The other group made stops at the Cottage District, Freeman Houses, Park Avenue and railroad intersection, and Marina Village. At these locations, community members shared stories about the South End and from their personal histories, and even opened up their homes and gardens to tour participants.

  5. July 21, 2016 What is Resilient Bridgeport? at Marina Village

  6. The design team joined Marina Village residents, PT Barnum Housing residents, and other members of the public for an introduction to the Resilient Bridgeport project and process. The design team invited attendees to participate in the July 23 event at the University of Bridgeport.

  7. July 23, 2016 Unveiling of Draft Project Alternatives at University of Bridgeport

  8. Stakeholders, community members, the design team, Connecticut DOH, HUD, and Rebuild by Design representatives came together at the University of Bridgeport for a three part workshop that began with a presentation by the design team of the components of the resilience strategy and of project alternatives, breakout groups working with topographical models, pins, and string to deepen their understanding of project alternatives and design principles, and ending with workshop participants presenting their insights and ideas for project possibilities to each other.

  9. September 20, 2016, Project Alternatives Workshop

  10. The Design Team hosted an event at the Design Center to collect input on the pilot project alternatives from residents and stakeholders. This event circulated community members through stations to gain insight on specific components of the project.

  11. December 13, 2016, Public Hearing

  12. The Resilient Bridgeport design team hosted an Open Studio and Public Hearing on December 10th. The Open Studio was held at the design center at 7 Middle Street from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m on Tuesday, December 13th. The Open House started at 5 p.m. at the Eleanor Apartments Multi-Purpose Room, 695 Park Avenue. This was followed by the DOH hosted Public Hearing at 7 p.m.

  13. April 12, 2017, Pilot Project Development Workshops

  14. The Resilient Bridgeport design team hosted two public workshops on April 12th. The Park Planning Workshop geared towards children was held at the Marina Village Community Room from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017. The Pilot Project Development Workshop started at 6 p.m. at the Eleanor Apartments Multi-Purpose Room, 695 Park Avenue.

  15. October 10, 2017 Resilient Strategies Exhibit

  16. The Rebuild By Design Resilient Strategies Open House and meetings were hosted on October 10th, 2017 at 7 Middle Street in Bridgeport, CT to publicly preview the advances to the Bridgeport’s Design Strategies Report.  This event was an opportunity to comment on the Resilient Bridgeport Strategies final draft.  Design team members were available to answer questions from 9 am – 7 pm. There were three area specific meetings: Black Rock Harbor and Cedar Creek at 10 am, Downtown and the East Side at 12 pm, and South End at 6 pm.

  17. October 11, 2017 Groundwater Lecture

  18. The design team hosted a lecture on hydrology and groundwater from Roelof Stuurman of Deltares at the Resilient Bridgeport Design Center at 7 Middle Street in Bridgeport. Roelof Stuurman is specialist in integral management of environment, water, and soil. His research explores hydrogeological systems analysis on a regional and local scale in support of spatial, environmental and water policy planning. Roelof  discussed groundwater issues and precedent cities in the context of Bridgeport.

National Disaster Resilience Competition

  1. NDRC

  2. The Resilient Bridgeport design team hosts workshops and public events in the South End and at 7 Middle Street in downtown Bridgeport. Sign up above for updates and to learn more about coastal resilience and planning efforts. Documents and resources from past events are catalogued below by event date.