On June 20, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan launched the competition, “Rebuild by Design.” The competition, to be overseen by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, aims to achieve a “better understanding of the region’s strengths and vulnerabilities” while solving problems many communities suffered during Superstorm Sandy. For instance, coastal communities depend economically on tourism but remain vulnerable to potential storm surges. Projects that help communities with “decisions about long-term rebuilding” will be deemed as strong proposals. Surviving a series of rounds, competitors will be awarded monetary funding to develop proposals and plans with specific implementation plans. The ultimate winner will “work closely with state and/or local government entities to implement their winning designs and key projects.” HUD has allocated Community Development Block Grants to implement the winning projects.
Competitors are urged to craft proposals that increase resiliency. As a result, HUD hopes to strengthen the ties within governments and agencies and impassion competitors to submit outstanding innovation and designs. Applicants must be prepared to provide “professional expertise in at least three of the following fields: infrastructure engineering, landscape design, urban design, architecture, land-use planning, industrial design, community engagement, and communications design.” The deadline to submit a qualified application is July 20. For more detailed information about the competition, visit HUD’s website.