HUD launches Rebuild by Design competition to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently launched REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage regional design competition. The goal of the competition is to attract world-class talent, promote innovation and develop projects that will actually be built. Once the best ideas are identified, HUD will incentivize their implementation using funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program as well as other public and private funds. Examples of design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale – from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits.

The Rockefeller Foundation is the lead funding partner for REBUILD BY DESIGN and will provide support for the analysis and design process. HUD and The Rockefeller Foundation have coordinated closely following several catastrophic events including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and especially Sandy. The Rockefeller Foundation’s support of the REBUILD BY DESIGN competition builds upon their strong commitment to promoting urban resilience through a $100 million investment, which includes their recent announcement of the ‘100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.’

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) serves as a special partner, providing critical expertise and guidance to shape and launch REBUILD BY DESIGN. NEA’s experience investing in and facilitating place-based work through the Our Town and Mayor’s Institute on City Design initiatives, as well as NEA’s history with supporting and facilitating design competitions, will help ensure the success of REBUILD BY DESIGN.

REBUILD BY DESIGN will center on four focus areas: coastal communities, high-density urban environments, ecological networks and a fourth category that will include other innovative questions and proposals.

The competition will have a region-wide focus to help provide solutions to problems that are larger or more complex than individual towns have the capacity to solve themselves. The regional focus will also help provide a better understanding of the many interconnected systems (infrastructure, ecological, climate, economic and others) in the Sandy-affected region. Design teams will start with regional analyses to understand major vulnerabilities and then, through the collaborative design process begin to focus on local implementation and key projects for improving the region’s resilience.

REBUILD BY DESIGN will have four stages:

Stage 1: Call for concept proposals and selection of 5-10 teams
June 2013 – July 2013
Attract and form 5-10 teams with world-class expertise in infrastructure engineering, landscape design, urban design, architecture, land use planning, industrial design, communication, and other fields.

Stage 2: Analysis of the region through collaborative process
August 2013 – October 2013
The teams 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.

Stage 3: Development of design solutions and selection of key projects
November 2013 – February 2014
Teams will submit their designs in the beginning of February. A jury will select the winners.

Stage 4: Implementation of winning designs and projects
Will commence March 2014
Winning design solutions, having been developed in close collaboration with government and stakeholders, will be implemented using public and private funds.

See HUD for more information

 

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IS NOT INVOLVED WITH THE ORGANISATION OF THIS DESIGN COMPETITION. PLEASE CONTACT THE ORGANISERS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND ENQUIRIES.

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