Four Designs for Resilient Neighborhoods After Sandy
After Hurricane Sandy tore through the Rockaways in Queens, New York, nonprofits, developers, and the City of New York joined to launch a competition for a designing neighborhoods that can better stand up to rising sea levels and future storms. The FAR ROC competition asked for a new design for a part of Far Rockaway that was slated for development several years ago; the original designs were never built because of the financial crisis, so now there's an opportunity to put together a more resilient choice.
Here are the four finalists, all aiming not only for resilience in storms, but economic feasibility, sustainability, and replicability in other cities facing similar challenges.
A design from Toronto-based Lateral Office calls for boardwalks, water corridors that can channel away stormwater, and a bungalow community built on stilts at higher ground.