The WXY + West 8 team has been selected as one of ten teams to be shortlisted for the Rebuild by Design competition, which is centered around building resiliency around US coasts to withstand severe weather events like Hurricane Sandy. The competition is sponsored by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and will unfold in several phases, ending with the actual implementation of selected solutions using Federal Disaster Recovery Funds. The WXY + West 8 team will seek to address the enormous challenges presented by climate change and increasingly common extreme weather events.


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WXY is a community planning, urban design and architecture firm. And West 8 is an international office for urban design and landscape architecture. Together, they teamed up to tackle the enormous design problems presented by climate change and extreme weather events. The team is composed of a group of urbanists, economists, and scientists, along with their Dutch counterparts in landscape architecture, regional planning and coastal engineering.

WXY + West 8 will focus on the competition category “Ecological and Waterbody Networks” and will work regionally. Their solutions will take inspiration from the Dutch, who have integrated protective infrastructure into public spaces like parks, bicycle corridors, bridges, canals and floodplains. These pieces of infrastructure, in the Dutch landscape, serve as constant reminders of the need to be vigilant against impending natural disasters.

The selection of 10 teams kicks off the second phase of the Rebuild by Design competition. “The projects that come out of this competition will save lives and protect communities in this region and serve as a model as we prepare communities across the country for the impact of a changing climate,” says HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who is also chair of the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

The teams have until February 2014 to submit their schematic proposals for site-specific design solutions. Then in March of 2014, winning teams will be invited to further develop design proposals of on-the-ground implementation with use of Federal Disaster Recovery Funds.

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