On June 20, 2013, the Rebuild by Design (RBD) design competition for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy was launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. The competition asked multi-disciplinary teams of architects, planners, designers, engineers and academics to work with the Sandy Region to develop innovative solutions to the challenges of post-disaster rebuilding. Now, five years later, the designers involved in the original design competition were asked to look back and answer:
What has been the impact of participating in the Hurricane Sandy Design Competition on your professional practice?
The findings are derived from 30 interviews conducted by McGill University’s School of Urban Planning with 33 Design Team members of Rebuild by Design’s Hurricane Sandy Design Competition. Members of all ten teams were interviewed, and the designers span a range of disciplines including architecture and urban design, water management and engineering, and urban planning.
Results from the interviews fall into five main themes:
- Building a Community of Resilience Practitioners
- Intensifying and Expanding Professional Networks
- Collaborating with Ccommunities
- Mobilizing Knowledge
- Learning Lessons for the Future