Over 150 teams submitted proposals to make the NY / NJ region more resilient, ten finalists were selected and the winning six designs were announced yesterday by HUD Secretary Sean Donovan. This finishes a year an a half long process where HUD promised to create areas where the rebuilding was not business as usual.
Congrats to all the winners, there are some terrific, very forward-thinking designs in there. We have to admit we are a little disappointed that nothing along the Jersey Shore was selected. Story on NJ.com by Erin O’Neill of the Star Ledger
We have mentioned the Rebuild by Design competition here before, and most people saw news about one of the wildest projects in the mix, the additional barrier islands in front of NY and NJ. But here is a good synopsis of each project, NY Times by Russell Shorto on April 11, 2014.
Rebuild by Design is a federally supported design competition to make the coasts more resilient. An Associated Press story by Wayne Parry highlights one proposal here.
But don’t just focus in on this one design, there are many proposals, all vying to move off the design table and become a reality, viewable here. Attend the ceremonies announcing the winning designs listed here.
Rebuild by Design will be holding an event in Asbury Park to bring the City together around the idea of resiliency. The event will prepare the City for real planning that will make Asbury Park better able to handle the next big storm.
Come join us on March 22nd for a parade that will bring Asbury together, from West to East and highlight examples of resiliency, ending with a party at Langosta Lounge, 12 Noon to 4PM.
Raritan Bayshore – September 20, 2013 – Asbury Park Press Article by Ken Serrano
Henk Ovink knows something about how to keep the ocean at bay.
Hailing from the Netherlands, which started flood planning some 800 years ago, he served as the second in charge of a department in the Dutch government that deals with planning and water.
Now on loan to the U.S. government, Ovink arrived on the Bayshore Thursday with teams of engineers, architects, planners and scientists to learn how the locals live and to come up with better ideas to combat hurricanes and flooding.
“You’re facing something we’ve been facing for ages,” he said.
Ovink is heading Rebuild by Design, a federally funded program that has 10 transnational teams working on ways to shore up areas at risk from extreme weather. Watch the video above to learn more about the program. Full article here.