Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

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This morning on 89.3 KPCC Take Two ( Horn, a recent architecture graduate of New York Institute of Technology, discussed the evolution of his thesis project into a open design competition.  What began as a project which looked at revitalizing Brooklyn’s historic waterways was turned upside-down with Superstorm Sandy’s destruction.  The question became how to design aesthetically pleasing, functional and RESILIENT structures and spaces for the Newtown Creek community in Brooklyn New York…  But what about the rest of the communities along the coast?

Daniel along with some fellow students (see the team profile here formed Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI) and designed the Comprehensive Coastal Communities or 3C Competition.  The competition is reaching out to the design community for concepts and ideas on how architects must respond to the changing requirements that extreme weather and climate change demand.  As residents of these northeast Atlantic Coastal communities rebuild they must choose between constructing their homes on pile foundations to raise them above the new flood plains or build them traditionally at the current elevation (and suffer insurance consequences).  Entrants must both design a conceptual RESILIENT prototype house AND look at the community as a whole; designing neighborhood block plans that incorporate the prototype and explore issues of landscaping, zoning, the streetscape and neighborhood identity.

What will these new Coastal Communities look like?

Photo by Mike Gambina; Image from The CT Mirror (



Syracuse New York and the S.Alt City Mural: Revitalizing the Post Industrial City through Art.

Syracuse New York and the S.Alt City Mural: Revitalizing the Post Industrial City through Art.

This interactive mural honors the city’s past while taking advantage of today’s technology.  The pixelated image of a salt barge on one of the city’s former canals is composed of a series of QR codes linked to other art organizations in the city; such as, the Everson Museum, Erie Canal Museum, Artrage, Lightwork, etc.  

The mural by Cheng + Snyder is a part of the Connective Corridor, a larger urban project attempting to re-link Syracuse University with downtown through the use of signage, park space, pedestrian friendly infrastructure and interactive installations.  The project capitalizes on pockets of vacant space left behind by former industry.

I am very happy to see a few former students listed as members of the project team and can’t wait to check it out on my next visit!

Explore this and other installation projects here:



Still a kid at heart… :: GoldiBlox and the Spinning Machine :: GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine

On my way into work the other morning I was listening to Take Two on 89.3 KPPC and I heard a story about a young female engineer, Debbie Sterling, that is introducing young girls to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math through the use of a girl named Goldie.

Sterling researched and observed the differences in how young boys and girls played and designed GoldieBlox to appeal to the future generation of female engineers by combining both verbal and spatial elements in the toy.  You read and learn along side Goldie the engineer as she builds a machine to make her ballerina spin.  Sterling is working to produce a series of GoldieBlox books with interchangeable parts to allow the girl’s imagination to create, design and build more complex machines.

Am I too old to buy this for myself??!!?  Shhhhh, no one will ever know…

Find more information on Debbie Sterling and GoldieBlox at the links below: