N.Y. City Looking For Post-Hurricane Housing Designs
With the odds growing that New York City, with a population of more than eight million and 578 miles of waterfront, could be hit by a destructive hurricane, the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is sponsoring a design competition to enhance the city’s ability to provide provisional housing for people who lose their homes.
The "What If New York City..." competition is receiving financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation and is being held in consultation with Architecture for Humanity-New York.
The contest, according to Joseph Bruno, OEM commissioner “is a call for innovation and an opportunity for designers and policy-makers to collaborate on one of the biggest challenges facing densely settled urban areas: how do we keep people safely and comfortably housed while reconstruction proceeds?”
A jury of experts in the fields of architecture, design, urbanism and government will chose 10 entrants who will be awarded $10,000 each and technical support to develop their proposals into workable solutions.
“This design competition will rely on a fictional but realistic New York City neighborhood devastated by a hypothetical Category 3 hurricane,” said Bruno. “How will residents resume their lives? How can they be provided safe, comfortable living space? How can this housing be quickly deployed and adapted to different site conditions? How can it be reused in subsequent emergencies, be environmentally sustainable and cost-effective?”
The deadline for registering for the competition is Nov. 23. Submissions are due by Dec. 14 and the winners will be announced on Jan. 15.
The project development period for the winners will end on May 15, when the designs will be released along with an exhibition, catalog of solutions and report of the competition’s Technical Advisory Committee.
To visit the competition Web site for further information, click here.