Four out of nearly 120 designers that submitted ideas to the "For a Resilient Rockaway" (FAR ROC) design competition have been selected to further develop their proposals. The challenge called for a sustainable, mixed-use, mixed-income community slated for an 80+ acre site in Queens called Arverne East. Ennead Architects, Lateral Office, Seeding Office and White Arkitekter took the top spots and will continue to refine their proposals using lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy to envision a new waterfront development that can withstand future storms.
Each of the four finalists will receive $30,000 to take their initial design briefs to the next level. As part of the FAR ROC competition, they will receive a guided tour of the Arverne East site in the Rockaways and participate in a community engagement workshop that was funded by the Surdna Foundation. Whereas Phase I of the project was open to anyone who had good ideas about building in flood-prone areas, Phase II requires designers to further finesse their ideas with the aid of at least one licensed architect and one licensed engineer.
“Hurricane Sandy did not back us away from the waterfront and its development, but the intensity of the storm and the terrible damage we all saw the day after reminded us that intelligent shorefront design is essential to our future,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua.
Wambua added that the water development strategies, which came in from 20 different countries, have great potential to help guide waterfront development, protect property and – most importantly – save lives.
FAR ROC is jointly sponsored by HPD, the team of L+M Development Partners, the Bluestone Group, and Triangle Equities, along with Enterprise Community Partners and the Committee on the Environment of the AIANY, and the next proposals are due by October 7, 2013. The winning team will be announced on October 24, 2013, and will receive an additional $30,000.