3C – Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition An International Open Ideas Competition in Response to Hurricane Sandy

Sponsor: Operation Resilient Long Island

Type: open, international

Languages: English

Eligibility: Architects, students, engineers, interdisciplinary groups, the public

Fee: None


25 March 2013 – June 30, 2013

Registration deadline – 30 June 2013
Project submission deadline – 25 July 2013


First prize: Publication and Show
Second prize: Publication and Show
Third prize: Publication and Show
Peoples Choice: Publication and Show


James Garrison is an architect and educator whose work expands the boundaries of sustainability, he also teaches at the Parsons School of Architecture

Kate Orff is a registered landscape architect and the founder of SCAPE

Brian Pues is an architect local to Long Beach, NY. He is also an EMT and firefighter and was one of the many first responders after Sandy hit Long Beach, NY.

Laura Smiros is a partner at Smiros & Smiros Architects

June Williamson, a widely published urban designer and architect, is associate professor at The City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture


Design Challenge:

The 3C competition intends to catalyze the discussion of rezoning towns that are vulnerable to coastal storms. The post-Sandy rebuilding process has already begun, yet there are no strategies on how rebuilding communities can accommodate transforming coastal housing typologies. ORLI is establishing channels through the Office of Emergency Management in order for ideas from the 3C competition to help local municipalities preserve the value of their neighborhoods.

ORLI is a student-led grassroots committee of architecture, interior design, and construction management students some of which were directly affected by the storm. The committee exists as a collaborative response to Super-storm Sandy, founded to explore and develop methods to aid local communities by finding long-term resilient design solutions.

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