OMA and BIG to revitalise communities affected by Sandy

OMA and BIG to revitalise communities affected by Sandy

Architecture practices OMA and BIG are two of the ten collaborative design teams chosen to revitalise parts of the United States that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The competition, entitled Rebuild by Design, was launched in June by the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Shaun Donovan, requesting architects, landscape architects, engineers and urban designers to create proposals that will revive communities affected by the east coast hurricane of October 2012.

OMA and BIG were selected alongside New York studio WXY Architecture, landscape architects West 8 and a design team from the University of Pennsylvania.

The team will spend the next three months studying the region whilst building relationships with local stakeholders.

Designs are set to focus on areas including coastal communities; high-density urban environments; ecological and waterbody networks as well as the unknown and the unexpected.

Donovan said: “The projects that come out this competition will save lives and protect communities in this region and… serve as models as we prepare communities across the country for the impacts of a changing climate.”

Funded partly by community grants, implementations of the designs will begin in March 2014.

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