Rebuild Strategy for Hoboken / OMA

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Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA's Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA’s comprehensive strategy to rebuild the New Jersey city of Hoboken, after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, has been selected as one of ten initiatives moving forward in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition. The proposal, Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge, focuses on establishing resiliency through the integration of key infrastructural elements that not only protects coastal neighborhoods, but also the entire city of Hoboken.

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Current Risk. Image Courtesy of OMA
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Proposed Solution. Image Courtesy of OMA

As OMA’s describes, “Hoboken is susceptible to both flash flood and storm surge. Our project capitalizes on a combination of political, ecological, and economic factors to create a comprehensive flood strategy – resist, delay, store, discharge – that both defends the entire city, and enables commercial, civic, and recreational amenities to take shape.

“Our comprehensive strategy deploys both hard infrastructure and soft landscape for coastal defense (resist); recommends policies to enable the urban fabric to slow down water (delay); a green circuit to trap water (store) and water pumps to support drainage (discharge).”

  • Architects

  • Partner In Charge

    Shohei Shigematsu
  • Project Manager

    Daniel Pittman
  • Design Team

    Isaiah Miller, Stephen Clipp, Cyrus Penarroyo, Matthew Davis, Filippo Nanni, Maria Saavedra
  • Client

    US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
  • Water Management, Engineering

    Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Landscape, Land-use Planning

    Balmori Associates
  • Economic Consultant

  • Graphics

  • Location

    Hurricane Sandy-Affected Regions along the Atlantic Coast
  • Status

    Research Phase Completed Oct 2013; Phase II
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OMA

A sneak peak of the other 9, shortlisted proposals can be found here.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Rebuild Strategy for Hoboken / OMA" 19 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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