In an attempt to determine how best to design and build on the City’s waterfront areas exposed to future storms, a competition was announced by the City, together with a team of developers, in April 2013 to cultivate design development ideas for an 80 acre site in the Rockaways. In response, 117 design teams from around the globe submitted credentials and design ideas. On July 18th, four semi-finalist teams were announced including Ennead Architects (formerly Poshek Partners) of New York, Lateral Office of Toronto, Seeding Office of London, and White Arkitekler of London.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received on Friday, July 19, 2013 responses to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Rebuild By Design, a multi-phase regional design competition seeking to promote development of resilience concepts for the Superstorm Sandy affected regions. The RFQ seeks proposals from world class teams with expertise in infrastructure engineering, landscape design, urban design, architecture, land use planning, industrial design, communication and other fields. HUD is itself partnering on the program with The Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).