The finalists of the 2013 ONE Prize, a competition exploring the social, economic, and ecological possibilities of urban transformation, have just been announced. The 2013 competition focused on severe climate dynamism, calling for innovative and thoughtful design proposals and urban interventions that intend to alleviate storm impact and answer the question: "How can cities adapt to the future challenges of extreme weather?"
The competition, now in its fourth year, has considered other issues such as unemployment and the struggling U.S. economy (2012), waterborne transportation (2011), and creating productive green space in cities (2010).
This year's theme was inspired by Superstorm Sandy, which brought to light the potentially cataclysmic effects of disasters spurred by climate change and the necessity of 'stormproofing.' But it is up to architects, engineers, urban planners and ecologists to design these new cities, and the conversation needs to start from the ground up.
The competition is international and open to anyone, including (but not limited to) architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students. It is open to both teams and individuals, proposals both real and speculative, and can be on a single site or multiple locations. Winning designs would repurpose spaces and reinvigorate infrastructure in order to serve and protect the community.
Team 015: Slide, A Resilient Strategy for Stabilizing Mudslides in Los Angeles
Team 025: Hybrid Edge
Team 043: Peripheral Multiplicity, A Storm-Resilient, Recreational Strategy for the Raritan Bay
Team 046: A Working Waterfront for NY Harbor, Using Shipping Infrastructure as Coastal Defense
Team 059: Working Tidal, Armature for Growth
Team 062: Kogami, Komunitas Siaga Tsunami (Tsunami Alert Community)
Team 064: [Contained] NYC
Team 074: Pregnating Barrier Island
Team 075: Jamaica Bay, Elemental Adaptation
Team 086: Canamphibia
Team 090: Living with Flux
Team 094: Barrier Staten Island
Team 095: The Delta Blues
Team 129: plas-tic Relief, Adaptable Stormproofing
Team 136: Dynamic Capacities, Re-envisioning Dam Infrastructure for Water Management Strategy in Tokyo Metropolitan Region
Team 140: Synthetic Mudscapes, Human Interventions in Deltaic Land Building
Team 141: ESP//Estuary Services Pipeline
Team 143: Feed Your Delta!
Team 162: Origami Zip, Portable Disaster Relief Shelter
Team 168: Operation Cumulus, Stormproofing New York City by Avoiding Hurricane Landfill Instead of Protective Measures in Relation to High Winds and Storm Surge