GCCDS, partners make up one of 10 team finalists in HUD-sponsored design competition

August 22nd, 2013 Comments Off on GCCDS, partners make up one of 10 team finalists in HUD-sponsored design competition

Inside the GCCDS in Biloxi

Inside the GCCDS in Biloxi

Numerous design competitions that focus on storm-resistant changes and developments have surfaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. One of the larger competitions sponsored by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rebuild by Design, is a project in which teams are working to develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, who also chairs the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, launched the competition on June 20, 2013, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation.

On Aug. 9 the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced the selection of 10 design teams who will proceed to the next stage of the competition.

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS), one of three research centers housed in the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University, makes up one of the top-10 teams. The GCCDS was established in 2005 to bring planning, landscape and architectural design services to low-income communities rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. The GCCDS, located in Biloxi, is a service-design practice shaped by a commitment to be useful to the community and to collaborate with many partners.

“We are pleased to be able to bring some of the lessons learned from working with communities on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina,” said David Perkes, director of the GCCDS. “We have been fortunate to be part of many projects that aim to increase resiliency as our work and the work of our partners has evolved from rebuilding to long-term community improvements.”

Other members on the team include unabridged Architecture, an architecture firm in Bay St. Louis, and Waggonner & Ball Architects out of New Orleans, La.

“The selection of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio as part of one of the top 10 design teams from such a robust and well-recognized group of entrants is a further recognition of the quality and depth of work the GCCDS has performed since Hurricane Katrina,” said Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “The expertise the GCCDS and their partners have demonstrated that covers such a wide gamut including individual housing designs, new construction techniques for flood prone areas and sustainable communities was recognized and helped distinguish their team in this international competition.”

More than 140 potential teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation and JPB Foundation as well as the New Jersey Recovery Fund and the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, these 10 chosen design teams will participate in Stage Two of the competition, an intense, eight-month process broken into two distinct stages: analysis and design. Each team will have $100,000 in funding for this stage of the project.

“The ten teams we selected stood out because of the talent they bring to the table, their pioneering ideas and their commitment to innovating with a purpose and competing not just to design but to build something,” said Donovan. “The projects that come out of this competition will save lives and protect communities in this region and – as the Task Force will emphasize in the Rebuilding Strategy to be released in the coming weeks – serve as model as we prepare communities across the country for the impacts of a changing climate.”

The team selections mark the beginning of the second of four phases of the design competition, which will ultimately result in resilience projects that will be built or implemented in communities in the Sandy-impacted region.

Top 10 Design Teams:
• Interboro Partners with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Infrastructure Planning Program; TU Delft; Project Projects; RFA Investments; IMG Rebel; Center for Urban Pedagogy; David Rusk; Apex; Deltares; Bosch Slabbers; H+N+S; and Palmbout Urban Landscapes.

• PennDesign/OLIN with PennPraxis, Buro Happold, HR&A Advisors, and E-Design Dynamics

• WXY architecture + urban design / West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture with ARCADIS Engineering and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University; Maxine Griffith; Parsons the New School for Design; Duke University; BJH Advisors; and Mary Edna Fraser.

• Office of Metropolitan Architecture with Royal Haskoning DHV; Balmori Associaties; R/GA; and HR&A Advisors.

• HR&A Advisors with Cooper, Robertson, & Partners; Grimshaw; Langan Engineering; W Architecture; Hargreaves Associates; Alamo Architects; Urban Green Council; Ironstate Development; Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; New City America.

• SCAPE with Parsons Brinckerhoff; SeARC Ecological Consulting; Ocean and Coastal Consultants; The New York Harbor School; Phil Orton/Stevens Institute; Paul Greenberg; LOT-EK; and MTWTF.

• MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism and the Dutch Delta Collective by ZUS with De Urbanisten; Deltares; 75B; and Volker Infra Design.

• Sasaki Associates with Rutgers University and ARUP.

• Bjarke Ingels Group with One Architecture; Starr Whitehouse; James Lima Planning & Development; Green Shield Ecology; Buro Happold; AEA Consulting; and Project Projects.

• unabridged Architecture with the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University; Waggonner & Ball Architects

More information on Rebuild By Design is available at www.rebuildbydesign.org. You can also follow Rebuild By Design on Twitter at @RebuildByDesign.

Read the story on MSU‘s website and WCBI.

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