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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: Rebuild by Design/New York University Institute of Public Knowledge
Hurricane Sandy crippled the American Northeast through extensive flooding and storm surge, claiming over 150 lives, damaging/destroying 650,000 homes and cutting power and heat to 8.5 million people. Infrastructural failures prevented thousands from getting to work, causing approximately $65.7 billion in damages and economic loss; moreover, it revealed the true physical and social vulnerabilities that coastal cities face from extreme weather exacerbated by climate change.
In response, Rebuild by Design was created—an international design competition supported by private philanthropy, partner organizations, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that would address the structural and social vulnerabilities Sandy exposed.
The process was unlike any previous design competition. Designers, engineers, architects, academics, and climate experts from different teams worked alongside local organizations, government agencies, and community stakeholders, building nuanced interventions to address the region’s social, infrastructural, economic, and ecological challenges.
Rebuild by Design is hosted at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK). IPK served as a lead partner for the competition and continues to lead Rebuild into the next phase. This collaboration is ensuring that coalitions are being maintained and built in the Sandy impacted region and globally through both a research and design driven approach.