A competition sponsored by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking storm-resilient designs to protect the areas of the United States hit hard by Superstorm Sandy has shortlisted ten teams. Winnowed down from an initial field of 140 entrants from 15 countries, the finalists are:
-Interboro Partners with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Infrastructure Planning Program; TU Delft; Project Projects; RFA Investments; IMG Rebel; Center for Urban Pedagogy; David Rusk; Apex; Deltares; Bosch Slabbers; H+N+S; and Palmbout Urban Landscapes.
- PennDesign/OLIN with PennPraxis, Buro Happold, HR&A Advisors, and E-Design Dynamics
- WXY architecture + urban design / West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture with ARCADIS Engineering and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University; Maxine Griffith; Parsons the New School for Design; Duke University; BJH Advisors; and Mary Edna Fraser.
- Office of Metropolitan Architecture with Royal Haskoning DHV; Balmori Associates; R/GA; and HR&A Advisors.
- HR&A Advisors with Cooper, Robertson, & Partners; Grimshaw; Langan Engineering; W Architecture; Hargreaves Associates; Alamo Architects; Urban Green Council; Ironstate Development; Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; New City America.
- SCAPE with Parsons Brinckerhoff; SeARC Ecological Consulting; Ocean and Coastal Consultants; The New York Harbor School; Phil Orton/Stevens Institute; Paul Greenberg; LOT-EK; and MTWTF.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Urbanism and the Dutch Delta Collaborative with ZUS; De Urbanisten; Deltares; 75B; and Volker Infra Design.
- Sasaki Associates with Rutgers University and ARUP.
- Bjarke Ingels Group with One Architecture; Starr Whitehouse; James Lima Planning & Development; Green Shield Ecology; Buro Happold; AEA Consulting; and Project Projects.
- unabridged Architecture, Waggonner + Ball Architects, and Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Mississippi State University.
Speaking on the record about the selection process, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said, "The ten teams we selected stood out because of the talent they bring to the table, their pioneering ideas and their commitment to innovating with a purpose and competing not just to design but to build something. The projects that come out of this competition will save lives and protect the communities in this region.
HUD's Rebuild by Design competition is one of several high-profile competitions seeking aspirations solutions to storm protection along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.
The shortlisted teams will next proceed to Stage II of the four-stage competition, an intense two-month collaborative research process led by New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge. Winning designs will be announced early 2014.