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Grimshaw makes shortlist of Hurricane Sandy rebuild contest

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London-headquartered Grimshaw has made a strong international shortlist in a competition to increase protection of the US coastal communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy

The practice, whose New York office was temporarily closed by the powerful storm when it struck in October 2012, has made it to the second stage of the Rebuild by Design contest.

Working in a team including local firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners, Grimshaw joins consortia featuring Dutch giant OMA and Danish stars BIG on the 10-strong shortlist.

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 government-funded Rebuild By Design competition called for proposals to increase resilience in the affected region. Cash has been set aside by the US Department of Housing and Development to incentivise implementation of resilience schemes selected.

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

US housing secretary Shaun Donovan, who sits on the competition jury, said: ‘The 10 teams we selected stood out because of the talent they bring to the table, their pioneering ideas and their commitment to innovating with a purpose and competing not just to design but to build something.’

The full shortlist

  • 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
  • PennDesign/OLIN with PennPraxis, Buro Happold, HR&A Advisors, and E-Design Dynamics
  • 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
  • Office of Metropolitan Architecture with Royal Haskoning DHV; Balmori Associaties; R/GA; and HR&A Advisors
  • HR&A Advisors with Cooper, Robertson, & Partners; Grimshaw; Langan Engineering; W Architecture; Hargreaves Associates; Alamo Architects; Urban Green Council; Ironstate Development; Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; New City America
  • 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
  • MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism and the Dutch Delta Collective by ZUS; with De Urbanisten; Deltares; 75B; and Volker Infra Design
  • Sasaki Associates with Rutgers University and ARUP
  • Bjarke Ingels Group with One Architecture; Starr Whitehouse; James Lima Planning & Development; Green Shield Ecology; Buro Happold; AEA Consulting; and Project Projects
  • Unabridged Architecture with Mississippi State University; Waggoner and Ball Architects; Gulf Coast Community Design; and the Center for Urban Pedagogy
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