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Rebuild by Design Final Proposals Released

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After months of research and community engagement across the Sandy-affected East Coast, 10 Rebuild by Design teams unveiled their final proposals Thursday at events at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. Members of the teams, along with hundreds of tri-state residents and government representatives, gathered on April 3 to view the proposals. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin addressed a public gathering of the design teams and residents of the region tonight at the World Financial Center.

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Rebuild by Design teams have focused their efforts on proposals that will improve the resiliency of coastal communities affected by Hurricane Sandy that are still vulnerable to the unpredictable impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. HUD is expected to announce the winners of Rebuild By Design and an allocation of funds at the end of the month.

Launched in the summer of 2013, the Rebuild by Design competition has produced regional, cross-disciplinary collaboration between state and local governments, international design teams, educational institutions, and the public. The competition is one of the initiatives of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. It has taken place in partnership with the Municipal Art Society, NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, Regional Plan Association, and Van Alen Institute.

Lead funding for Rebuild by Design has come from the Rockefeller Foundation, with support from the JPB Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Hearst Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the New Jersey Recovery Fund.

The final 10 design teams were chosen from nearly 150 international submissions. Each of the 10 teams, all of which have landscape architects as members, has worked closely with local and regional stakeholders to develop locally-responsive projects and design approaches to improve the resiliency of waterfront communities. The resulting design innovations include growing breakwaters, the development of absorptive shorelines, off-shore islands, and regional tidal parks. Several proposals incorporate coastal development with both ecological and financial resiliency and retrofitting plans aimed at protecting not only exposed environment but also businesses and communities vulnerable to extreme weather.

Details on each of the 10 final proposals can be found here.

Photos of the designs can be found here.

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