Following the announcement from the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force that the OMA/Royal HaskoningDHV team were selected as one of only ten multidisciplinary design teams to participate in the Rebuild by Design competition, the team presented their four Design Opportunities in New York City (NY) and Newark (NJ) on 28 October 2013. The competition is intended to give the “world’s most talented people” the opportunity to respond to the aftermath of hurricane Sandy by delivering their visions and innovative solutions that would increase resilience across the Sandy-affected region.
The OMA/Royal HaskoningDHV’s strategy is based on achieving effective resiliency through a risk-based approach which is framed by a desire to understand and quantify flood risk and in doing so, to be better placed to identify those opportunities that present the greatest impact, the best value, and the highest potential. “Understanding that a comprehensive solution is beyond our means, so we will need to prioritize, build smart, and recognize where best to focus our resources for greatest impact is key to our submission” said Marten Hillen, Consultant for Rivers, Deltas & Coasts Global for Royal HaskoningDHV.
The team’s submission identified four areas of opportunity at different scales: Planning Principles for the entire Sandy-affected region “Making smart decision on where to grow resiliently“; Communication Systems on a regional scale “Communicating a common understanding of resiliency“; Infrastructure Catalyst as part of a metropolitan approach “Growing to a more resilient city“; Comprehensive Strategy for a local setting “Building community-wide resiliency“.
Led by architects and urban designers, OMA, the team brings together the water management and engineering expertise of Royal HaskoningDHV, the landscape and land-use planning experience of Balmori and the economic understanding of HR&A. Communication is facilitated with the help of ‘2×4’.