dws-nyc-rebuild-waterfront-design-770px-1Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced the selection of ten Design Teams to proceed to Stage Two of Rebuild by Design, a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities. 

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, who also chairs the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, launched the competition on June 20, 2013 in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation.

Two teams are led by Dutch architect companies in cooperation with an American partner.

In total 15 Dutch companies participate in five teams: TU Delft, Rebel Group, Deltares, Bosch Slabbers, H+N+S, Palmbout, West8, Arcadis, OMA, Royal HaskoningDHV, ZUS, De Urbanisten, 75B, Volker Infra Design, and One Architecture.

dws-nyc-rebuild-map-evacuation-zones-350px-1New York City storm evacuation map

Teams from 15 different countries
Over 140 potential teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide.

"The ten teams we selected stood out because of the talent they bring to the table, their pioneering ideas and their commitment to innovating with a purpose and competing not just to design but to build something," said Secretary Donovan. "The projects that come out of this competition will save lives and protect communities in this region and - as the Task Force will emphasize in the Rebuilding Strategy to be released in the coming weeks - serve as models as we prepare communities across the country for the impacts of a changing climate.”

“As cities around the world face increasing shocks and stresses, it is more critical than ever that we find ways to integrate resilient design into our urban future,” said Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rebuild by Design competition is an innovative model, bringing together some of the greatest minds around the world to improve how our cities manage, cope with and bounce back stronger from disasters. I am confident that the ten extraordinary teams chosen will create innovative and replicable projects that will strengthen our cities and help them thrive in the face of climate change.”

dws-nyc-rebuild-flood-proof-city-banks-350pxThe designs will include not only measures to make the city itself more flood resilent, such as its banks .. dws-nyc-bebuild-beach-restoration-350px... but also the New Jersey shore.

Next stages: analysis, design, implementation
The ten selected Design Teams will begin a three-month research and analysis process, resulting in a detailed report cataloguing the Design Teams’ research reports and synthesizing their findings into one resource kit for local communities throughout the region.

Each Design Team will then work on one site-specific design proposal. Finally, in March 2014, the Rebuild by Design jury will evaluate the implement ability of the designs.

The ten selected teams are:

• Interboro Partners with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Infrastructure Planning Program; TU Delft; Project Projects; RFA Investments; IMG Rebel; Center for Urban Pedagogy; David Rusk; Apex; Deltares; Bosch Slabbers; H+N+S; and Palmbout Urban Landscapes.

• PennDesign/OLIN with PennPraxis, Buro Happold, HR&A Advisors, and E-Design Dynamics

• WXY architecture + urban design / West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture with ARCADIS Engineering and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University; Maxine Griffith; Parsons the New School for Design; Duke University; BJH Advisors; and Mary Edna Fraser.

• Office of Metropolitan Architecture with Royal Haskoning DHV; Balmori Associaties; R/GA; and HR&A Advisors.

• HR&A Advisors with Cooper, Robertson, & Partners; Grimshaw; Langan Engineering; W Architecture; Hargreaves Associates; Alamo Architects; Urban Green Council; Ironstate Development; Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; New City America.

• SCAPE with Parsons Brinckerhoff; SeARC Ecological Consulting; Ocean and Coastal Consultants; The New York Harbor School; Phil Orton/Stevens Institute; Paul Greenberg; LOT-EK; and MTWTF.

• MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism and the Dutch Delta Collective - ZUS; with De Urabisten; Delatres; 75B; and Volker Infra Design.

• Sasaki Associates with Rutgers University and ARUP.

• Bjarke Ingels Group with One Architecture; Starr Whitehouse; James Lima Planning & Development; Green Shield Ecology; Buro Happold; AEA Consulting; and Project Projects.

• Unabridged Architecture with Mississippi State University; Waggoner and Ball Architects; Gulf Coast Community Design; and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

A short presentation of the selected teams is published on the website of the Rebuild by Design.

This news item is based on press releases published on the websites of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development  (HUD) and the Netherlands Embassy, Washington.

New generation of urban and landscape planning
On 9 and 10 September, the US-Dutch Henry Hudson 400 Foundation organizes the H2O9 Forum water conference in New York. The forum will address the adaption to climate change for delta regions in the decades to come.

The programme also includes shirt sleeve sessions on new generation of urban and landscape planning, new methods to protect vital infrastructure, innovative water technology, building climate resilient communities, the benefits of an integrated approach for coastal adaption in New York and New Jersey.

Also read on this website:
- US-Dutch Post-Sandy recovery Roundtable 2: Experts discuss rebuilding of Rockaway's waterfront (31 July 2013)
- Delta cities share experiences on flood control and heat waves at C40-workshop in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (10 June 2013)
- Netherlands, US intensify cooperation on water management, climate resilience and flood preparedness (5 March 2013)
- First post-Sandy conference in New York on a long-term flood risk reduction strategy involved Dutch experts (2 January 2013)
- Flood experts discuss need for storm surge barriers for coastal cities in aftermath of superstorm Sandy (2 November 2012)

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