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US government opens post-Hurricane Sandy design contest

A design contest has been launched to better protect the US coastal communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy last year

The US government-funded Rebuild By Design competition calls for proposals to increase resilience in the affected region.

Sandy caused about 200 deaths and more than $50 billion of damage as it hit coastal communities including New York, Rhode Island and Maryland in October 2012.

The US Department of Housing and Development has set aside cash to incentivise implementation of resilience schemes selected by the competition.

Such proposals may range from houses to large-scale multi-functional infrastructure, according to competition organiser the Hurricane Sandy Task Force.

The contest is split into four categories: coastal communities; high-density urban environments; ecological and waterbody networks; and the unidentified and unexpected.

London School of Economics professor of urban studies Ricky Burdett will sit on the competition jury, as will US housing secretary Shaun Donovan.

Interested architects have until Friday 19 July to register for the competition. This is the first of four stages, with winning schemes to be developed from March 2014.

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