After months of research and community engagement across the Sandy-affected region, the Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup team was one of 10 Rebuild by Design teams that unveiled their final proposals Thursday at events at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Members of each of the teams along with hundreds of tri-state residents and government representatives gathered to view the proposals heard from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin.
The goal of the Sasaki team's proposal is to protect communities as well as the role of the beach as a cultural icon and economic driver for the Jersey Shore. The Sasaki team has two approaches to resiliency:
1) A regional program for the shore, building on the strategic strengths of each community and developing collaborations spanning from Barnegat Bay to Raritan Bay; and 2) Local design projects in three shore communities that will serve as replicable pilot solutions.
The Sasaki team's solutions will work in coordination and build off each other to create a new type of resiliency—one that not only protects the beach, but also enhances social capital and connectivity.
Rebuild by Design award winners will be announced later this spring. The HUD Secretary, at his discretion, will consider making allocations from CDBG-DR to state and/or local government to help implement winning proposals. The teams are also exploring the possibility of other federal and non-federal funding sources.
Launched in the summer of 2013, the Rebuild by Design competition has produced regional, cross-disciplinary collaboration between state and local governments, international design teams, educational institutions, and the public. The competition is one of the initiatives of President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, in partnership with the Municipal Art Society, NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge, Regional Plan Association, and Van Alen Institute.
The design team finalists involved in Thursday's events were chosen from nearly 150 international submissions. Each of the 10 teams has worked closely with local and regional stakeholders to develop locally-responsive projects and design approaches to improve the resiliency of waterfront communities. The resulting design innovations include growing breakwaters, the development of absorptive shorelines, off-shore islands, and regional tidal parks. Several proposals incorporate coastal development with both ecological and financial resiliency and retrofitting plans aimed at protecting not only exposed environment but also businesses and communities vulnerable to extreme weather.
"Understanding what really is at stake and what happened during hurricane Sandy informs a path forward that can reconnect the social, the economy and the ecology," said Henk Ovink, Principal of Rebuild by Design, and Senior Advisor to Secretary Donovan. "Design can bridge these gaps and marry science and politics, the real world with imagination. Rebuild by Design is not about making a plan, but about changing a culture."
"We've been proud to work as a part of Rebuild by Design, which is reshaping how a design competition can work—we think for the better," says Sasaki principal Jason Hellendrung. "And the Jersey Shore has been an inspiring place to work. There's many of complex systems at play, but ultimately our design is about protecting and improving the Jersey Shore's unique cultural history and sense of place."
Details on the Sasaki team proposal can be found here.
And the other 9 final proposals can be found here.
An initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Rebuild by Design is a competition that asks some of the world's most talented design professionals to envision solutions that increase resilience...