The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has launched a design competition to help rebuild the region affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The REBUILD BY DESIGN competition seeks to generate design proposals that create regional solutions, contribute to a better understanding of the area’s strengths and vulnerabilities, and connect to local organizations and governments. Design teams will be asked to concentrate on one of four focus areas: coastal communities, high-density urban environments, ecological and water body networks, and the unidentified and unexpected.
“The competition process will deliver a better understanding of regional interdependencies and foster regional coordination and resilience across the United States,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy do not respect state or local borders, and we too must know no boundaries—both literally and figuratively—as we think about our plans for the future.”
Submissions are expected to range in scale from large infrastructure to small flood protection measures and residential resiliency projects. The competition will help identify and build projects through funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, The Rockefeller Foundation, and other public and private sources. HUD and The Rockefeller Foundation have also teamed up for recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
The competition has issued a Request for Qualifications, which must be submitted by Friday, July 19. Five to 10 design teams will be selected to receive $100,000 for a three-month analysis and collaboration phase, followed by an additional $100,000 to design site-specific proposals. The winning designs will be implemented in the spring of 2014.