Oculus - Fall 2013 - (Page 42)

feature A competition elicits inventive ways to make vulnerable coastal areas more resilient BY J A S O N W H E E L E R n response to the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy, the FAR ROC design competition was organized to solicit innovative ideas for resilient development in coastal communities that are increasingly vulnerable to severe weather and rising oceans. The competition focused specifically on the redevelopment of Arverne East, an 80-acre urban renewal area on the Rockaway Peninsula. Out of 117 submissions from more than 20 countries, four teams – Ennead Architects, Lateral Office, Seeding Office, and White Arkitekter – were selected, each receiving $30,000 to further develop their design solutions. The winner will be recognized at the AIA New York Annual Heritage Ball on October 24, and select proposals will be on view at the Center for Architecture through November. FAR ROC is jointly sponsored by L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, Triangle Equities, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Enterprise Community Partners, and AIA New York. ■ ©Ennead Architects FAR ROC Rocks! ©Lateral Office I (top to bottom) New York-based Ennead Architects’ proposal weaves together wetlands and sand dunes with the strategic elevation of built structures that are interconnected with a linear system of boardwalks. Focusing on basins, boardwalks, and bungalows, Toronto-based Lateral Office integrates ecological diversity, environmental resiliency, and urban diversity. ©Seeding Office Jason Wheeler is a Rose Architectural Fellow at the New York office of Enterprise Community Partners, and is project manager for the FAR ROC design competition as part of Enterprise’s Sandy response efforts. London-based Seeding Office incorporates a new boardwalk that arcs through the site, linking the train station at Beach 44th Street – and thereby the greater New York community – with the beach. 42 Oculus Fall 2013 ©White Arkitekter The plan offered by White Arkitekter of Stockholm features increased setbacks from the ocean and an integrated system of green and built spaces for on-site water management and safe coexistence of structures and flood waters. Politics = Architecture

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2013

Letter from the President
A Word from the Editor
Op-Ed
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The City More Beautiful
Affordable Housing in 2013: Communities, Not Containers
Riverfront Redesigned
The Future of Prefab
From Ports to Parks: New York’s Waterfront Wager
East River Magic
Shoring Up for the Future
FAR ROC Rocks!
Yard Work
In Print
132-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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