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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. ■
FAR ROC Rocks!
(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.
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.
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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
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The City More Beautiful
Affordable Housing in 2013: Communities, Not Containers
The Future of Prefab
From Ports to Parks: New York’s Waterfront Wager
East River Magic
Shoring Up for the Future
FAR ROC Rocks!
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Oculus - Fall 2013