The finalist proposals for the Rebuild by Design competition were compiled into a recently published book. Sasaki's proposal, Resilience + The Beach, was one of ten proposals selected as finalists in the competition. An initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, the competition was sponsored primarily by The Rockefeller Foundation. It brought together several multi-disciplinary teams to envision strategies for increasing coastal resiliency in response to the extensive damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern Seaboard in 2012. With an emphasis on public-private partnerships, the results of the competition explore many approaches to establishing a higher level of resiliency as communities rebuild while also strengthening the social and economic connections along the coast.
Sasaki, along with Rutgers and Arup, focused their proposal on increasing the resiliency of the New Jersey shore through developing solutions for the region's coastal landform typologies. Along with improving the ecology and infrastructure in the area, projections for future development and tourist trends factored majorly into the proposed design—ensuring that the coastal community will continue to thrive both ecologically and economically over time.
Click here to view a PDF of the book, and here to learn more about Sasaki's proposal.
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...