Four finalists have been selected to advance to the second phase of a design competition called "For a Resilient Rockaway" (FAR ROC). Organized by the the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, Triangle Equities, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, and Enterprise Community Partners, the competition brief asked designers to develop ideas for a new mixed-use, mixed-income, sustainable, and storm-resilient community on an 80-acre site on the Rockaway Peninsula, one of the coastal sections of the city severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Of 117 submissions, the jury chose proposals by New York-based Ennead Architects (with Langan Engineering, LERA, Atelier 10, Hargreaves, and BioHabitats); Toronto's Lateral Office (with WXY Studio, Buro Happold, EDesign Dynamics, Sam Schwartz Engineering, and HR&A Advisors); London-based Seeding Office (with Biber Architects and Robert Silman Associates); and Goteborg, Sweden's White Arkitekter (with ARUP and Gensler). The four teams will receive $30,000 each to develop their proposals. Phase two submissions are due by October 7 and the winning project team will be announced on October 24. The winning team will receive an additional $30,000 to develop design and construction documents.