After Hurricane Sandy - Rebuild by Design

Resilient Planning Through Collaborative Design
An exhibition and symposium commissioned by ANCB in collaboration with: The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Washington DC; Rebuild by Design, New York; Schindler, Ebikon; The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin; Zumtobel, Dornbirn.

6 December 2014 - 22 January 2015

Friday, 5 December 2014, 6:30 pm

Speaking at the opening:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Kees van Laarhoven, Counsellor for Infrastructure and Environment, Embassy of the Netherlands Berlin
Henk Ovink, Principal, Rebuild by Design and Senior Advisor of the former US Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force


On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition we cordially invite you to the ANCB Symposium:

Resilient Planning Through Collaborative Design

Time: December 6, 2014, 10:00 am
Location: ANCB, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin


Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Loek ten Hagen, Cultural Attaché, Dutch Embassy Berlin
Henk Ovink, Principal, Rebuild by Design and Senior Advisor of the former US Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Washington DC

Keynote Address:
Klaus Jacob, Special Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York
Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, New York

Rebuild by Design Projects Presentation:
Amy Chester, Managing Director, Rebuild by Design, New York

Panel 1: Strategies of Resilience – Players and Processes
Matthijs Bouw, Principal, One Architecture, Amsterdam
Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey
Damaris Reyes, Executive Director, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), New York
Amy Chester, Managing Director, Rebuild by Design, New York
Marco Kusumawijaya, Director, Rujak Center for Urban Studies, Jakarta
Moderator: Henk Ovink, Principal, Rebuild by Design and Senior Advisor of the former US Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Washington DC

Panel 2: Strategies of Resilience – Tools and Implementation

Daniel Kerber, Founder, morethanshelters, Berlin
Georgeen Theodore, Partner, Interboro, New York
Helmut Meyer, Managing Director, Transsolar, Stuttgart/Paris
Christoph Stroschein, Managing Director, German Association for System Innovation (GESI), Berlin
Moderator: Henk Ovink, Principal, Rebuild by Design and Senior Advisor of the former US Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Washington DC


Aedes Cooperation Partners


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Natural disasters and their devastating aftermath are increasingly becoming a reality for many communities around the world. The exhibition and accompanying symposium will focus on a new approach to disaster management and preparedness that results in stronger, more resilient communities through a process pioneered by the Rebuild by Design initiative.

In October 2012, millions of people across the Northeast Coast of the United States felt the force of Hurricane Sandy. The storm covered an area more than one thousand miles in diameter and became the second most expensive natural disaster in the country’s history. The storm’s damage exposed the true physical and social costs that communities suffer in the wake of natural disasters around the world.

Rather than simply reconstruct what had existed before the storm, or rely on conventional strategies of disaster management, the scale of the devastation led to an increasing awareness that a new approach to rebuilding had to be considered, one which would increase the resilience of affected communities in preparation for a changing world.

Rebuild by Design
As a response, in the spring of 2013 President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, led by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), initiated Rebuild by Design—a competition that would promote resilience through innovative planning and design. Rebuild by Design led ten international, interdisciplinary teams, chosen from 148 who applied, through months of intensive research and collaboration with neighborhood stakeholders throughout the Sandy-affected region. The teams have worked together in a year-long process, learning how best to help communities redevelop for long term resiliency.

In June 2014, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced six of the projects as winning proposals and allocated US $930M of Federal Disaster Recovery funds for local and State governments to implement the first stages of the designs.

This exhibition shows the research that went into the competition and the final results from the winning teams, as well as other innovative solutions developed during the competition to improve local and regional resilience. Winning designs include:

•    A ten-mile protective wall wrapping around lower Manhattan that will stop storm surge and provide year-round recreational space (The BIG Team);
•    An extensive reef habitat for finfish and shellfish that will reduce the impact of waves around the south shore of Staten Island (Team: SCAPE/Landscape Architecture);
•    A comprehensive regional resiliency plan for Nassau, an Atlantic coastal county (Interboro Team);
•    The transformation of a riverside flood basin in the Meadowlands that houses a diversity of crucial industrial facilities (Team: MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (MIT CAU) + Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS) + URBANISTEN);
•    A comprehensive urban water strategy near Hoboken that deploys programmed hard infrastructure and soft landscape for coastal defenses (Team: OMA);
•    An integrated approach to flood protection and community development in the Bronx neighborhood Hunts Point (Team: PennDesign/OLIN).

Winning designs will be implemented using federal disaster recovery funds as well as other public and private sector funding. Additional designs in the exhibition include:

•    Green streets in upland areas and wetland park buffers in coastal areas (Team: WB/unabridged);
•    A commercial corridor resiliency strategy to adapt and deploy technical assistance for small businesses and building owners renting to small businesses (Team: HR&A);
•    An assessment of three coastal typologies on the New Jersey Shore (Team: Sasaki/Arup/Rutgers);
•    An analysis of overarching coastal protections intended to mitigate risks for life, economy, and property within broad coastal zones (Team: WXY/West 8).

Rebuild by Design is an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD, in collaboration with primary partners at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, Municipal Art Society of New York, Regional Plan Association, Van Alen Institute, as well as many other organizations. Rebuild by Design was funded through the philanthropic support of the Rockefeller Foundation together with the JPB Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Surdna Foundation and the New Jersey Recovery Fund.

ANCB programme
The exhibition and the Symposium are part of the ANCB programme Phoenix Reloaded: Rethinking Disaster Responses, Preparedness and Prevention, which seeks to draw out lessons that can be learned from past catastrophes and generate debate around ideas and approaches for ongoing disaster management and preparedness, proactively stimulating new visions for the
future. One of the most significant aspects of the Rebuild by Design process within Phoenix Reloaded is its emphasis on bringing together community members, government representatives, and spatial designers to work with and learn from each other in order to develop forward-thinking, considered proposals that benefit the affected areas and their residents.

To learn more about Rebuild by Design visit:
See also the following articles by the New York Times, ArchDaily and the New Yorker:,,