For the past several months, urban planners have been participating in a federal competition called “Rebuild by Design.” The post-Hurricane Sandy initiative challenges 10 teams to come up with innovative solutions to make communities vulnerable to flood waters more resilient. The Manhattan team has been focused on the Lower East Side. On April 3, the teams will unveil their proposals. The winners will be announced by the Secretary of HUD later in the spring. The New York event will be held at 250 Vesey Street, 27th floor, from 5-8 p.m. Here’s more from today’s email blast:
Last August, the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced the selection of ten multidisciplinary design teams to participate in Rebuild by Design, a unique competition that responds to Hurricane Sandy by asking the world’s most talented design professionals to envision solutions that increase resilience across the Sandy-affected region. These teams were selected from more than 140 applicants representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture, and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. Teams spent months working with local governments and stakeholders to refine their proposals. They will unveil their final work at this event. At the end of the competition this Spring, the resulting proposals will be evaluated by an expert jury, and winning design solutions may be able to be implemented with disaster recovery grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as other sources of public and private-sector funding.