Working Together to Build a More Resilient Region

Since June 2013, ten interdisciplinary design teams have been working with a diverse range of stakeholders throughout the Sandy-affected region to develop innovative solutions to rebuild. On June 2nd, Secretary Shaun Donovan of HUD announced the winning proposals. Read More about the final designs.

Winning Proposals


SCAPE / Landscape Architecture
Staten Island, New York

Hunts Point Lifelines

Bronx, New York

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken

Hoboken, New Jersey

New Meadowlands: Productive City + Regional Park

The Meadowlands, New Jersey

Living with the Bay: A Comprehensive Regional Resiliency Plan for Nassau County’s South Shore

Interboro Team
Long Island, New York


New York, New York

Who We Are

Founded as a response to Superstorm Sandy’s devastation in the region, Rebuild by Design is dedicated to create innovative community- and policy-based solutions to protect U.S. cities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events and future uncertainties. Initiated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Rebuild by Design’s aim has been to connect the world’s most talented researchers and designers with the Sandy-affected area’s active businesses, policymakers and local groups to better understand how to redevelop their communities in environmentally- and economically-healthier ways and to be better prepared.

The competition, which was named one of CNN’s 10 Best Ideas of 2013, included a year of thoughtful engagement and will culminate in the announcement of winners, who formed local coalitions to develop fundable, implementable solutions that will inform new policies on every level. Rebuild by Design and its partners have demonstrated that by working together in this regional design process, we can set ambitious, realistic, more resilient standards of development and infrastructure  that respond to communities’ needs within a new, changing world.

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The Rockefeller Foundation has released the Rebuild by Design evaluation.

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