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Join Rebuild by Design at Community Meetings


Rebuild by Design will be hosting public meetings in four communities around the region during its Stage II Research and Analysis phase. Rebuild by Design, an initiative of President Obama’s Hurricane San­dy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, aims to identify the unique structural and environmental vulnerabilities Hurricane Sandy exposed in com­munities throughout the region, and to develop fundable solutions to protect residents against future climate-related events.

Ten international design teams were chosen in Stage I of the process and throughout Stage II’s Research and Analysis phase will be gathering information about Sandy’s impacts and the recovery processes underway, in order to develop resilient design solutions.  The public meetings will provide an initial opportunity for Sandy-impacted residents and community leaders to share their experiences from Sandy and their priorities for rebuilding with Design Team members.

The first initial meeting was held in lower Manhattan with over 100 community leaders and residents joining the conversation with Design Teams.  Additional public workshops will be held in New Jersey, Staten Island, and Connecticut.  Join us for an upcoming meeting to share your thoughts and ideas about how to improve the resilience of the region:

There will be many additional opportunities for community engagement in the Rebuild by Design process throughout Stage II and Stage III, including online by visiting and through social media. There will also be a public forum to view the design opportunities on October 28th.

In Stage III—led by the Municipal Art Society, Regional Plan Association, and Van Alen Institute—Design Teams will engage directly with communities where their projects will be implemented in order to develop schematic design solutions with community and sectoral stakeholders.  In April, completed proposals will be judged by a jury in order to determine their eligibility to be implemented with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant –Disaster Recovery Funding and other sources of public and private-sector funding.