Today the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development along with its partners announced the four finalists in a competition for plans to develop Arvene East in the Rockaways. They were chosen from among 117 submissions from 20 countries. Given the devastation of much of the area from Hurricane Sandy last year, the designs took into account rising sea levels and the increasing likelihood of severe storms in the future. According to the release the goal was to “use the 80+ acre Arverne East site as a laboratory to identify and explore best practices in waterfront development for the 21st century and beyond. The teams were also asked to propose innovative building solutions that not only respond to New York City’s housing needs, but also bring critical economic development to the Rockaways. The goal is for the winning design concepts to serve as a guide for long-term planning and development strategies in New York City and other densely populated seaside communities.” The finalists of the For a Resilient Rockaway or FAR ROC competition were Ennead Architects, a New York Based firm (a portion of their submission is above), Lateral Office, a Toronto-based design firm, Seeding Office, a London-based architecture firm and White Arkitekter based in Sweden. The four finalists will receive $30,000 each to further develop their designs and they will have a tour of the Arverne East site as well as a community engagement workshop. There are more renderings from the finalists after the jump. More detail on each of the entries can be seen on the Far ROC website.
Part of the submission from Lateral Office
Part of the submission from Seeding Office
Part of the Submission from White Arkitekter
Images courtesy of FAR ROC