Six design proposals have been selected as winners of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Rebuild by Design competition.

HUD has allocated $920 million, which was part of the recent third round of Hurricane Sandy recovery funding, to New Jersey, New York, and New York City to assist in implementing the six winning proposals.

The Rebuild by Design competition was created in summer 2013 by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Tax Force to create ideas to improve the storm resiliency of waterfront communities.

The six winning proposals came from interdisciplinary teams and are blueprints for how communities can maximize resilience as they recover from major disasters. HUD selected the winners based on design, resilience, and engagement with local communities.

The winning proposals are:

  • The BIG Team – The BIG U (East River Park) – Manhattan: It proposes a protective system around Manhattan’s edge to shield against flooding and stormwater while creating and providing social and environmental benefits.
  • OMA – Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge – Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City: The urban water strategy will provide protection along the Hoboken waterfront as well as parts of Weehawken and Jersey City.
  • The Interboro Team – Living With the Bay (Slow Streams) – Nassau County, Long Island: This team has a comprehensive resiliency plan for Nassau County’s South Shore.
  • MIT CAU+ZUS+URBANISTEN – New Meadowlands – Little Ferry, Moonachie, Carlstadt, Teterboro: The project will integrate transportation, ecology, and development to transform the Meadowlands basin.
  • SCAPE/Landscape Architecture – Living Breakwaters – Tottenville, Staten Island: The proposal plans to build out the Tottenville section of the Living Breakwaters project to reduce risk and revive ecologies.
  • PennDesign/OLIN – Lifelines, Hunts Point, South Bronx: The proposal has four strategies—integrated and adaptable flood protection systems, efforts to build social resilience, emergency supply chain to improve waterways as critical infrastructure, and better air quality.

For an expanded look at the proposals, visit