Rethink Resilience

Rebuild by Design is pioneering new ways to design, fund, and implement a resilient future. Launched by HUD in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Rebuild by Design marshals the world’s greatest talents to answer a region’s greatest needs, while placing civic leaders and communities at the heart of the design process. Its method maximizes inter-agency communication and cross-sector communication, and delivers innovative, implementable, large-scale infrastructural solutions that embody a people’s unique vision of their own resilient future.

Hurricane Sandy

Rebuild by Design has generated ten groundbreaking design interventions for the Sandy-affected region through an unprecedented kind of design competition. Seven of these projects are now underway via $930 million dollars in Federal funding. Rebuild by Design is currently keeping community coalitions connected to the process, exploring needed policy changes, and researching local and global resiliency practices. Meanwhile, the effective Rebuild by Design process and innovative designs are helping other cities rethink resilience before disaster strikes. Read More »

Former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shake hands at an announcement on the New Jersey Rebuild by Design projects.

Latest News

Public Comment Period Begins for Rebuild by Design Projects

Voicing your support will be critical to advancing the projects and securing your community’s vision for resiliency. Read More »


December 13, 2014 - May 3, 2015

“Sink or Swim” Photo Exhibit in Los Angeles Highlights Rebuild by Design Concepts

Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles will feature the winning Rebuild by Design concepts in “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change,” an exhibit exploring the human story of resilience, from adaptation for survival to ambitious infrastructure planning, in some of the richest and poorest of the world’s coastal communities.

Winning Proposals


New York, New York

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

Interboro Team
Long Island, New York

New Meadowlands: Productive City + Regional Park

The Meadowlands, New Jersey

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

Hoboken, New Jersey

Hunts Point Lifelines

Bronx, New York


SCAPE / Landscape Architecture
Staten Island, New York