ON TO PHASE 3 IN REBUILD BY DESIGN COMPETITION

Project Update, 20.11.2013

The team of MIT+ZUS+URBANISTEN, lead by Alexander D’Hooghe (ORG) and Kristian Koreman (ZUS) has entered phase 3 in the Rebuild by Design Process – the design and research project that was developed to address the vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed throughout the US East Coast about one year ago.

After the selection of 10 international teams (phase 1) and 3 months of intensive on-site analysis, research and discussions with stakeholders and inhabitants, each of the teams identified 3 to 5 key design opportunities (phase 2). One opportunity for each team is now selected for phase 3, to be refined into an implementable ànd fundable design solution. All proposals can be found on this website: http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/teams/mit-zus-urbanisten/. The proposal ‘NEW MEADOWLANDS: Productive City + Regional Park’ was chosen by the jury.

Our team focused on the metro area of New York-New Jersey. Five districts of resiliency at the edges of the flood zones in the area were chosen to be developed. For each resiliency district a different layered approach combines emergency infrastructure, evacuation capacity, ecological protection/absorption landscape infrastructure, as well as a development mix of light manufacturing/warehousing with residential. Our team has been working in an intense interdisciplinary process that while focused on getting results in terms of design opportunities, has engaged a comprehensive data analysis, as well as engaged a breadth of stakeholders in order to understand local priorities and agendas. The team believes that the resiliency agenda cannot be realized in separation from other urban planning, ecology and development agendas, but rather is achieved through them.

After phase 3 of the competition, an expert jury will evaluate the proposals, and the winning design solutions might be able to be effectively built.

For MIT, Professors Sarah Williams, James Wescoat, Alan Berger contributed to the study in addition to above mentioned team leaders. For ZUS+Urbanisten, Florian Boer, Dirk van Peijpe and Elma van Boxel contributed.

More text on:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/a-year-after-sandy-design-teams-p…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vicki-cobb/sandys-first-anniversary-_b_417…
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/science/natural-allies-for-the-next-sa…
http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/designs-address-climate-change-in-san…
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131026-hurricane-sandy-a…
http://nextcity.org/infrastructure/entry/ideas-for-a-more-hurricane-resi…

and on the website of Rebuild by Design: www.rebuildbydesign.org