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HUD Seeks ‘World-Class’ Design Expertise for Sandy Recovery

By Cooper Martin, Director, Resilient Communities

AIA members have a unique opportunity to participate in the long-term recovery of the neighborhoods, cities, and states that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced “REBUILD BY DESIGN”, a multi-stage design competition to address the buildings and infrastructure along the Northeast Coast of the US.

HUD is seeking to partner with 5-10 teams with world-class expertise in infrastructure engineering, landscape design, urban design, architecture, land use planning, industrial design, communication, and other fields. These teams will work with local communities, citizen groups, and private stakeholders to develop holistic design solutions. Funds from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program will be leveraged to finance and build the projects.

“We enthusiastically encourage AIA members and the entire architectural profession to participate in this design competition, said AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA. “It is a unique opportunity to be considered to play a significant role in the design and implementation of this massive, decades-long redevelopment and planning effort

“This collaboration of design professionals, community and political leaders has the potential to not only address the livability, reconstruction and resiliency of the region devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but to act as a model for how we must treat the future sustainable development of coastal areas prone to the ever increasing incidents of natural disasters,” Jacob said.

For more information and to respond to the initial RFQ, visit the REBUILD BY DESIGN page or contact Cooper Martin, Director of Resilient Communities at AIA National.

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