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Opportunity to join HUD’s Rebuild by Design public conversation workshops: Sept 12- Oct 28


Rebuild by Design is a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative approaches to enhancing resiliency in Hurricane Sandy–affected communities. The competition is looking to learn from direct experience, local perspective, and citizen insights as communities across the region begin to rebuild and renew.

Ten international teams of designers and resiliency professionals are now embarking on an eight-month research and design process that will generate innovative planning and design approaches to the region’s post-Sandy challenges. Join us at a series of public meetings held throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, where neighbors and community leaders will play a crucial role in helping shape competition priorities and outcomes.

At each regional meeting below, we invite you to share your experiences and ideas for your community with the participating teams. Your on-the-ground perspective will help Rebuild by Design develop appropriate solutions that respond to local and regional needs.

The first round of public meetings is as follows:

Thursday, September 12 — RSVP
6:00 p.m.
74 Trinity Place, 2nd Floor
New York, NY – map

Wednesday, September 18 — RSVP
7:00 p.m.
Berkeley Hotel, Kingsley Ballroom
Asbury Park, NJ – map

Thursday, September 26 — RSVP
7:00 p.m.
Staten Island, location TBD
(Updated location information will be sent to those who RSVP)

Saturday, October 5 — RSVP
10:00 a.m.
Bridgeport Holiday Inn, Main Ballroom
1070 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT – map

Save the Date:
Monday, October 28

Design Research Presentations: The ten teams will present their research and multiple design opportunities to the public and the jury. 

About Rebuild by Design

Last August, the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced the selection of ten multidisciplinary design teams to participate in Rebuild by Design, a unique competition that responds to Hurricane Sandy by asking the world’s most talented design professionals to envision solutions that increase resilience across the Sandy-affected region.

These teams, who will now proceed to the competition’s research and design development stages, were selected from more than 140 applicants representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture, and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide.

Your personal experiences related to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on your neighborhood and the events that followed will serve as essential underpinning for the teams’ research and design. The competition’s goal is to conceive and execute resilient recovery projects in our region that are both fundable and achievable with the purpose of rethinking how we build our cities and towns.

A three-month research and analysis process is underway to identify key design opportunities in the region. At the end of the competition next spring, the resulting proposals will be evaluated by an expert jury, and winning design solutions may be able to be implemented with disaster recovery grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as other sources of public and private-sector funding.

To learn more about Rebuild by Design, please visit