Van Alen Institute Presents Rebuild by Design: A Competition for Resilient Post-Sandy Design & Planning

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Calling all multidisciplinary teams with world-class expertise in infrastructure engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, land use planning, industrial design, communication, and other fields. We encourage you to take part in this internationally important opportunity to advance resilience by design! Thanks to Van Alen Institute, an independent nonprofit architectural organization, for sharing this press release with us:

As our region retools in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, designers have a crucial role to play in envisioning coastal cities and communities that can creatively respond to ever-more daunting environmental and infrastructural challenges. To that end, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force has launched a major opportunity: Rebuild by Design, a multi-stage, regional design initiative to promote resilience, public health, and prosperity through innovative planning and design. 

Van Alen Institute is collaborating with HUD and the Rebuild by Design effort together with New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge, the Municipal Art Society, and the Regional Plan Association.

Recently announced by Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Rebuild by Design seeks projects that ignite innovation, ranging in scope and scale from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits across the region—from New York and New Jersey to Connecticut, Maryland, and Rhode Island.

Responses to the Rebuild by Design RFQ are due Friday, July 19, 2013. To learn more, download the competition brief and visit HUD’s list of frequently asked questions

Competition Process:

Participants are asked to submit to the Request for Qualifications in one of four focus areas: coastal communities, high-density urban environments, ecological networks, and a fourth category that will include other innovative questions and proposals.

Five to 10 teams will be selected to proceed to Stage Two, participating in an intense, collaborative research and analysis stage where they will interact with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive understanding of the region, its interdependencies, key players, and areas that warrant integrated design thinking and solutions.

Each team’s work in Stage Two, supported by $100,000, will result in the identification of three to five key design opportunities with the potential to make maximum impact. Through this highly collaborative design process, teams will focus on key projects for improving the region’s resilience. Teams will receive an additional $100,000 to further develop their proposals in Stage Three—to be implemented in part through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.

Rebuild by Design is supported by lead funding partner The Rockefeller Foundation, and advised by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photos: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – NE Region

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