REBUILD BY DESIGN: Hurricane Sandy Regional Planning and Design Competition


Registration deadline: 20 July 2013

Submission deadline(s): TBD


Sponsors: Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, NEA

Type: RfQ, open, international, 4-stage

Eligibility: Teams including architects, landscape architects, engineers, etc.

Fee: none

Awards: Shortlisted teams selected to proceed to Stage Two as Design Teams will receive $100,000 USD for all their efforts in Stage Two.

Jury members confirmed to date include:

• Hon. Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

and Chair, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

• Dr. Howard Frumkin, Dean, School of Public Health. Professor, Env. and Occ.

Health Sciences. University of Washington

• Dr. Susan Cutter, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Director, Hazards and

Vulnerability Research Institute, University of South Carolina

• Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics

and Political Science (LSE), Head of the Department of Sociology and Director

of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Program

• Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The

Brookings Institution

 • Dr. Dirk Sijmons, Professor of Landscape Architecture TU-Delft NL, curator 6th

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2014 ‘Urban by Nature’

  • Mark Tercek, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy
  • Representative from the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Representative from the Urban Land Institute
  • Representative from the American Institute of Architects


The goal of the competition is two-fold: to promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region, and to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding dedicated to this effort. The competition also represents a policy innovation as U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) will set aside Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding specifically to incentivize implementation of winning projects and proposals. Design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale — from large-scale urban and multi-functional green infrastructure, to small-scale distributed flood protection measures and resilient residential structures.

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