The US department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the winners of their Rebuild By Design competition yesterday. Out of the 10 finalists, 6 proposals were chosen. The “New Meadowlands” project by Alexander D’Hooghe’s Team (CAU+ZUS+De Urbanisten) was selected as one of the projects that are going to be implemented in the next coming years.
From left to right on the photo: Kobi Ruthenberg (CAU), Kristian Koreman (ZUS), Secretary Shaun Donovan (HUD), Governor of NJ Chris Christie, Elma van Boxel (ZUS) & Alexander D’Hooghe (CAU, ORG)
“These winning proposals are truly transformative and serve as blueprints for how we can safeguard the region and make it more environmentally and economically resilient,” Donovan said. “I believe they will be models throughout this country of the way we can rebuild smarter and stronger after devastating storms.”
The New Meadowlands project articulates an integrated vision for protecting, connecting, and growing this critical asset to both New Jersey and the metropolitan area of New York. The first phase of their proposal focuses on Little Ferry, Moonachie, Carlstadt, and Teterboro. By integrating transportation, ecology, and development, the project transforms the Meadowlands basin to address a wide spectrum of risks, while providing civic amenities, and creating opportunities for new redevelopment.
“We are going to move as quickly as possible, now that we have chosen the winners, to make sure that these projects are a reality in people’s lives,” said Donovan, who added that the process would be transparent.”