Sweden-based White Arkitekter has won an international competition for the regeneration of seafront areas hit by Hurricane Sandy
The team made up of White Arkitekter, Arup and Gensler saw off competition from 110 other entrants including London-based collective Seeding Office, New York’s Ennead Architects, and Toronto-based Lateral Office.
The winning scheme, entitled ‘Small Means and Great Ends’, proposes a series of interconnected small-scale interventions that form a resilient network designed for extreme environmental conditions.
The two-phase FAR ROC contest asked entrants to come up with ideas for the redevelopment of the waterfront of New York’s Arverne East which was particularly hard-hit by the storm, which occurred one year ago today (24 October).
Sander Schuur, project architect at White Arkitekter, said: ‘Arverne East is a place with a strong identity. Thousands of residents of Arverne East lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy. But the disaster also led to a stronger sense of community in the area. The essence of White’s proposal is to channel the residents’ involvement and provide them with new tools to act and react in the community’s interest. With our Scandinavian approach, we believe we can strengthen and enrich the community and provide the opportunity for the community to realize their dreams.’
Both the winning and shortlisted schemes will be on display in a public exhibition at the AIA New York Center for Architecture until the end of November 2013.
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UK studio makes Hurricane Sandy regen contest shortlist
A London-based collective of architects and designers is among the finalists in the competition to mastermind the regeneration of seafront areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Seeding Office’s scheme was chosen, along with three other concepts, from more than 110 design proposals in the FAR ROC contest for the ‘resilient development’ of Arverne East in New York state.
The practice’s vision for the 32ha plot on the Rockaway Peninsula was shortlisted against concepts by New York’s Ennead Architects, Toronto-based Lateral Office and Sweden’s White Arkitekter.
Describing its scheme, Seeding Office said: ‘Our proposal combines two different factors: the function of a barrier with the pleasure of a sea view. We played with different heights and curving to create a modular solution that works as a landmark allowing a constant access to the beach, without losing its properties of protection in case of flood.’
The finalists will each receive $30,000. The winner will be announced on 24 October, the anniversary of the hurricane.