Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

Image from http://www.ready.gov/floods

This morning on 89.3 KPCC Take Two (http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2013/06/25/32424/competition-seeks-ideas-for-extreme-weather-resist/Daniel 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 http://www.3ccompetition.org/meet-the-team.html) 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 (http://www.ctmirror.org/story/coastal-communities-adapt-change-razing-and-raising)

-hlj

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