Seventeen months after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City's coastlines, the Rebuild by Design Competition has unveiled ten shortlisted solutions for restoring and protecting communities affected by the superstorm. The interdisciplinary teams participating in the challenge, which consist of acclaimed design firms such as OMA and West 8, presented their designs after several months of research and public outreach. An expert jury is expected to announce the winners of the competition and an allocation of funds by the end of this month.
Announced last summer, the Rebuild by Design competition is an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The competition invited architects, landscape architects, and urban planners to re-imagine a more resilient post-Sandy future. Each team was given $200,000 and asked to create designs solutions for different regions of the afflicted Eastern seaboard, from Connecticut down to the Jersey Shore.
The ten final proposals explore design as infrastructure and introduce multi-functional plans with a mix of economic, social, and ecological benefits. Bjarke Ingels Group, for instance, proposed the ‘Big U,’ a 10-mile ribbon that wraps around lower Manhattan and doubles as public space. The designs of the WXY Architecture and West 8 team, on the other hand, offer a more ecological approach with barrier islands that protect the Jersey shoreline and provide a wildlife habitat. The winners of the competition will receive federal funding to implement their designs.
Via NY Mag
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