Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI) has just announced the winners of its 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities ideas competition. Entrants were asked to design solutions that were not just resilient but also contextually sensitive and pragmatic to the devastating aftermath of Super-storm Sandy as well as all future natural disasters. Over 60 submissions were received from 20 different countries and 32 finalists were engaged in a public education strategy through a public voting campaign. A jury panel of eight leading professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning and disaster mitigation met in mid-September to review the top finalists and selected 3 winners.
The 2013 winners of the 3C Competition are:
First Place: Adaptive Urban Habitats / Mixed Paper
The first place project comes from a group of recent graduates from Northeastern University. Their design is entitled "Adaptive Urban Habitats" and was envisioned for Red Hook, Brooklyn. It is a standardized kit of parts produced by local manufacturing facilities that can be deployed to infill vertically above existing neighborhoods. It would increase buildable space and density, protecting future developments from rising sea levels.
Second Place: Flexing with the Tide / Movers & Shakers
Second place was awarded to "Flexing with the Tide", devised by a team of Pratt graduate students. Their project was designed for Canarsie and looks at a phasing diagram that calls for a managed retreat from the coastline. Pre-fabricated modules would attach to existing homes allowing for an easy transition to more resilient housing designs with minimal modifications to existing structures.
Third Place: Hard-Core / Dany Durand-Courchesne, Marc-Antoine Dufault, Olivier Lord
Third place is entitled "Hard-Core" and looks at creating housing above destroyed boardwalk sections in Rockaway, Queens. A unique urban beach aesthetic is created and the repetition of the building typology could be imagined as a new way to develop the coastline, linking more and more inhabitants together with a new shared ground plane.