Architecture Students Launch Post-Sandy Design Competition

Written by Daniel Horn on 31 May 2013

Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI), a student-led grassroots committee comprised of architecture, interior design and construction management students from New York Institute of Technology, announces the launch of a global design ideas competition entitled 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities. Registration for the competition opened on March 25, 2013 and is open to the public. Professionals and students from around the world are invited to participate.

After Super-storm Sandy, thousands of homeowners in Long Island and the tri-state area face a critical point in determining their future. The competition seeks creative and innovative designs for comprehensive coastal communities along Long Island, New Jersey, NYC and Southern New England. Existing homes must now comply with new FEMA regulations. Homes that are deemed 50% or more damaged must be either demolished and reconstructed, or raised above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). These codes ensure life safety to citizens living in flood plains, however nobody has considered the implications that these new codes present to the overall aesthetic of the community. ORLI asks these questions: What will happen to an entire community once some homes are raised and some remain on the ground? Can a comparable community be envisioned or will the unique aesthetic these communities have be lost forever?

By focusing the competition at the regional scale, we can impact local municipalities along the vulnerable Atlantic Coast. The Comprehensive Coastal Communities competition envisions new towns where proper planning and implementation will render these places resilient for generations to come. The students feel that by focusing on community planning they can make an impact on local town codes. The competition will ask competitors to select a specific community and design a housing typology and incorporate it into a neighborhood block plan. The streetscape including landscape, façade cohesion and zoning are all considerations for neighborhood block proposals. 

“There is little awareness among residents.” said Michael Koutsoubis, a 4th year architecture student at NYIT and ORLI Committee Member. “When these three different typologies of homes are combined together, it will affect the aesthetics and the planning of the community. Some houses will inevitably be raised above the other ones.”

Architecture students involved in the competition

The jury for the Comprehensive Coastal Communities competition is comprised of a team of professionals in various fields, including sustainability, build-ability, and resilient design. Included on the jury for the 3C competition is Kate Orff from SCAPE studio in NYC, June Williamson, professor and urban designer at CCNY, James Garrison from Garrison Architects in NYC, Laura Smiros, an architect from Long Island and Brian Pues, an architect local to Long Beach, Long Island.

There is no fee to enter. Registration deadline is June 30, 2013. Submissions are due July 25, 2013. Upon the announcement of winners and honorable mentions, ORLI plans to create a publication of all work to be then distributed to local municipalities throughout the region. A symposium and traveling exhibition of 32 finalists is also planned which will showcase the winners and will discuss the future implications of storms and overall climate change related to architecture. The symposium will be organized by ORLI and collaborators and will be held at NYIT’s Auditorium on Broadway in New York City on October 10, 2013.

Comprehensive Coastal Communities is supported by the American Institute of Architecture Students NYIT Chapters and Waves for Water. ORLI has also established a student Advisory Group of students from around the country to participate in the planning process. 

For more information about the competition or to register, please visit Weekly updates including photos, videos and blog updates can be seen on our website.

Categories: Architecture, Design