MoMA Challenges Designers to Rebuild Far Rockaway Sustainably After Hurricane Sandy

by , 03/04/13

Thousands of New Yorkers are still rebuilding after the devastating wrath of Hurricane Sandy – and as restoration of the hard-hit Far Rockaway continues, the Museum of Modern Art is seeking to collaborate with artists, architects and designers to rebirth the battered neighborhood with a unique mission. The new initiative is calling on ideas for alternative housing models, the creation of social spaces, new uses of public space, boardwalk restoration, protection of the shoreline, and more for the Rockaways.

“The biggest question is: How do you build a sustainable, protected, eco-friendly coastline that’s not going to be swept away?” said MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach to Architizer News. In a series of live presentations, twenty-five proposals will be selected and publicly presented to the press, social media channels and onsite at the VW Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach during the month of April.

The lectures will be organized by MoMA PS1 and will include a jury of notable curators Barry Bergdoll, Klaus Biesenbach, Peter Eleey, Pedro Gadanho, Niklas Maak, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and a collection of other influential architects, urban planners, and designers who will select the twenty five proposals from the open call.

According to Architizer News, Biesenbach hopes to attract ideas at all scales, from individual gardens to infrastructure improvements that challenge how designers and planners can think about rebuilding and creating sustainable infrastructures with energy, transportation and solar power. Submissions are required in the format of a short video no longer than three minutes and must be submitted by March 15, 2013 via the Rockaway Call for Ideas PS1 website.

Via Archinect News