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UK firms named in Sandy design competition

Major European and UK consultants are among the teams selected this week to work up resilience plans for US cities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, established by US President Barack Obama last December, has picked 10 teams out of the 140 from 15 countries that submitted proposals to the Rebuild by Design competition.

Prominent UK and European consultants including Arup, Buro Happold, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Arcadis Engineering, Royal Haskoning and Volker InfraDesign are among the shortlisted firms who will now proceed to the second stage of the competition.

The teams will now spend three months on research and analysis, working alongside New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. The institute will then prodce a report based on the outcomes.

“The projects that come out of this competition will save lives and protect communities in this region and — as the Task Force will emphasise in the Rebuilding Strategy to be released in the coming weeks — serve as models as we prepare communities across the country for the impacts of a changing climate,” said US housing and urban development secretary Shaun Donovan.

Superstorm Sandy hit the US on 29 October last year. In January US politicians approved $51bn (£32bn) in aid for those affected by Sandy. However, additional support is being given to this competition from the private sector.

The design teams have been asked to focus on the most-affected and most-vulnerable areas of the Sandy-affected region within the states of Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

The competition has been organised into four themes: coastal communities focusing on small- to mid-sized areas withhigh coastal vulnerability; high-density urban environments that are economically significant; ecological and water body networks focusing on areas that are regionally significant, and a catch-all category.

A third stage begins in November. Teams will have a further three months to develop site-specific designs with winners selected to implement their designs in March 2014.

The 10 teams in full

Team BIG is led by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group and includes One Architecture (water & urban planning), Starr Whitehouse (landscape architecture), James Lima Planning & Development (finance & economics), Green Shield Ecology (ecology), Buro Happold (engineering & sustainability), AEA Consulting (arts & cultural planning), and Project Projects (graphic design).
HR&A Advisors with Cooper, Robertson, & Partners; Grimshaw; Langan Engineering; W Architecture; Hargreaves Associates; Alamo Architects; Urban Green Council; Ironstate Development; New City America.
Interboro Partners
Interboro Partners with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Infrastructure Planning Program; TU Delft; Project Projects; RFA Investments; IMG Rebel; Center for Urban Pedagogy; David Rusk; Apex; Deltares; Bosch Slabbers; H+N+S; and Palmbout Urban Landscapes.
MIT/CAU + Dutch Delta Collective
MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism and the Dutch Delta Collective by ZUS with De Urbanisten; Deltares; 75B; and Volker Infra Design
Office of Metropolitan Architecture with Royal Haskoning DHV; Balmori Associaties; R/GA; and HR&A Advisors.
PennDesign/OLIN with PennPraxis, Buro Happold, HR&A Advisors, and E-Design Dynamics
Sasaki Associates with Rutgers University and Arup
SCAPE with Parsons Brinckerhoff; SeARC Ecological Consulting; Ocean and Coastal Consultants; The New York Harbor School; Phil Orton/Stevens Institute; Paul Greenberg; LOT-EK; and MTWTF.
unabridged Architecture with Mississippi State University; Waggoner and Ball Architects; Gulf Coast Community Design; and the Center for Urban Pedagogy
WXY/West 8
WXY architecture + urban design / West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture with Arcadis Engineering and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University; Maxine Griffith; Parsons the New School for Design; Duke University; BJH Advisors; and Mary Edna Fraser.

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