HUD selects finalists for post-Sandy competition

TRD New York /
Aug.August 10, 2013 10:00 AM

In its competition to help rebuild areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy and to protect them from future storms, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has narrowed the finalists down to 10 architectural teams, Crain’s reported.

The finalists in the competition, called “Rebuild by Design,” included local firms WXY Architecture + Urban Design, Interboro Partners and HR&A Advisors, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his former protégé Bjarke Ingels, Philadelphia-based Laurie Olin, Brooklyn-based SCAPE and Sasaki Associates of Boston.

Each of the architectural teams is partnered with a major design school, proving the exercise is a teachable moment. Within the competition, design teams are being asked to focus on the most affected and most vulnerable areas of the Sandy-affected region within Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

Rebuild by Design’s goals are to develop systems that help affected areas increase their resilience to hurricanes and other destructive storms as well as to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding.

“The projects that come out of this competition will save lives and protect communities in this region,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

When the Rebuild by Design competition was first announced in June, HUD received more than 140 proposals from 15 countries. [Crain’s] – James Comtois

Related Articles


These are the tallest towers underway
in NYC

Architecture’s final frontier: Here’s what houses on Mars might look like

“Rich people are going to get richer anyway”: HUD Secretary Ben Carson dismisses concerns that Opportunity Zones will only benefit rich people

448 East 143rd Street in the Bronx (Credit: Google Maps)

Private developer’s NYCHA project in Mott Haven lands $79M in financing

Rendering of 5 Fox Run Lane in Greenwich

Top Greenwich architect denies accusations of recycled renderings

Plans for NYC’s storm-surge barrier raise environmental concerns

Comptroller Scott Stringer (Credit: Getty Images)

City slow to spend $15B in Superstorm Sandy aid: Stringer

Public housing is excluded from the city’s clean-energy plan