July 10, 2013
by Eliza McLellan
(left) Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and (far right) Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation

On 06.20.13, Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, unveiled the “REBUILD BY DESIGN” multi-stage competition at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, spoke about the Foundation’s investment in the competition, and the importance of taking an interdisciplinary, interagency, multi-governmental, and “glocal” approach. She used the term to highlight the importance of collaboration between local and the global—indispensable in a time when changing climate patterns do not acknowledge political divisions.

The competition will focus on four areas: coastal communities, high-density urban environments, ecological networks, and a category that will include all other innovative questions and proposals that lie outside the previous three categories. Five to 10 applicants who are selected to enter the second stage will receive $100,000 to further their efforts.

REBUILD BY DESIGN has four stages:

Stage 1: Call for concept proposals and selection of 5-10 teams
June 2013 – July 2013. Responses must be sent to rebuildbydesign@hud.gov no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, 07.19.13.
Attract and form 5-10 teams with world-class expertise in infrastructure engineering, landscape design, urban design, architecture, land use planning, industrial design, communication, and other fields.

Stage 2: Analysis of the region through collaborative process
August 2013 – October 2013
The teams will interact with a wide-range of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive understanding of the region, its interdependencies, key players, and areas that warrant integrated design thinking and solutions.

Stage 3: Development of design solutions and selection of key projects
November 2013 – February 2014
Teams will submit their designs in the beginning of February. A jury will select the winners.

Stage 4: Implementation of winning designs and projects
Will commence March 2014
Winning design solutions, having been developed in close collaboration with government agencies and stakeholders, will be implemented using public and private funds.

For more information, please see HUD’s press release. The brief and application can be found here.


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