Resiliency partners: the Rebuild by Design winners

HUD secretary Shaun Donovan (AB ’87, MArch ’95, MPA ’95) has announced 6 winning design proposals in the Rebuild by Design competition to increase climate resiliency in NY and NJ coastal communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. One of the winning teams is led by Interboro, founded by Dan D’Oca (design critic in urban planning and design and MUP ‘02), Tobias Armborst, (MAUD ’02) and Georgeen Theodore (MAUD ’02), and includes Reese Fayde (LF ‘79) of RFA Investors. Their plan for “Living with the Bay” offers a regional resiliency plan for Long Island’s South Shore, which includes recovering the sediment system, deploying protective marshes and dikes, managing storm water and expanding housing options in high and dry areas near public transportation. 

Rem Koolhaas (professor in practice of architecture and urban design) and the team led by OMA will have a chance to oversee “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge” in Hoboken, NJ. The comprehensive strategy of infrastructure, landscape interventions, policy recommendations and guidelines is designed to increase coastal defense, slow runoff, store rainwater and support drainage.

Kate Orff (MLA ’97) and the team at SCAPE/Landscape Architecture, which includes Pippa Brashear (MLA/MUP ’07), Gena Wirth (MLA/MUP ’09), and Lauren Elachi (MLA ’13), will manage “Living Breakwaters” for the South Shore of Staten Island. The project aims to reduce risk, revive ecologies, and connect educators to the Staten Island shoreline to inspire a new generation of harbor stewards and a more resilient region over time.

Rebuild by Design is a collaboration among government, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations and has been administered in partnership with the Regional Plan Association–where Rob Lane (LF ’09) codirected the effort–and the Municipal Art Society, NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and Van Alen Institute. The winning teams will receive shares of approximately $920 million HUD is allocating to NYS, NJ, and NYC to change the culture and prepare and protect the region in anticipation of future climate events.

Learn more about the Rebuild by Design initiative and the finalist proposals.

Rendering courtesy of Interboro