February 2014 Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Update

February 2014 Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Update

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Feb 28, 2014
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Feb 2014 Sandy Newsletter Banner February was blistering cold and snowy, but the Sandy Team kept things warm and exciting with a 3-day event in Red Hook, New York, community meetings in New Jersey and planning meetings on the Jersey Shore. With less than 19 days left until Spring, we can't wait for the snow to melt and finalize the design phase of our projects.

In this Update:

Sandy Design Help Desk 2 Starting February 8th, a successful second edition of Sandy Design Help Desk was held over a span of three days. 28 volunteers worked with more than a dozen clients to provide guidance on over 20 buildings in Red Hook housing over 40 families and businesses. In conjunction, a Resilient Design Workshop was held on February 6, where planners and architects presented their building and neighborhood resilient design work. Read more in our full update. Partners: Architecture for Humanity, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc, Pratt Center for Community Development, Fifth Avenue Committee, Red Hook Volunteers, NYC Office of Housing Recovery Operations, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC, New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter of Architecture for Humanity

Restore the Shore At the beginning of the month, our design team shared our Restore the Shore event center ideas at an Open House event at Seaside Heights. This event was attended by eighteen residents, who came to participate in an active discussion and review the conceptual design, research and project developments to date. Wallpapering the local community center interior were a range of ideas for the event center and boardwalk sunshade structures from Gensler, and site plans that show the proposed sand dunes for the shore. The American Planning Association provided examples and case studies of pedestrian transitions over the dunes between the beach and the boardwalk. The planners engaged the residents suggestions for safe spaces and view points. What was the most prominent idea taken away from the evening?...The concept of mobility and adaptation to the surrounding environment through a portable event space!


  • "...I'm very happy to see that the ideas that we created at the charrette, made it to the final design. It's an exciting design to the campus, and I'll be excited to see the built solution...". -David Donley, parent and participant at both the charrette and open house events

Community Presentations were held at both Toms River High School North, and <a data-cke-saved-href=" Washington School at Little Ferry this month. Toms River High School North: On a sunny Saturday morning pro bono architect Craig Brearley and the design team posted current design drawings for the reconstruction and retrofitting of the stadium entrance plaza and support buildings. Taking into consideration the comments and design suggestions from the community design workshop last October, the team presented the latest design direction for the spaces. Attending the open house were about two dozen community members representing the school's band, students, wrestling and football programs. All of the comments made by those that stopped by were enthusiastic and positive. Many of the attendees on Saturday were present at the workshop in October, and were pleased to see that the design direction was a direct response to what was generated at that event. Washington School: On the evening of February 6, 2014 our Architecture of Humanity project team and pro bono architect Arcari + Iovino Architects presented the current schematic design ideas that were initiated by the community design workshop held last November. In attendance were many of the workshop participants, including several of the current students and Board of Education trustees. Comments from the attendees were positive, and we look forward to sharing the designs as they are further developed.

Rachel Minnery Attends FLASH Charrette Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) invited our Regional Program Manager, Rachel Minnery to their charrette event in Orlando, Florida on January 23-24. With a collection of architects, educators, engineers, manufacturers and disaster experts from across the nation, resilient design strategies were discussed, to facilitate the development of a resilient design guide for architects to use in high wind and water hazard-prone areas. Read Rachel's full report here.

In Other News...

Our Sandy team will be presenting our program's work at the AIA regional recovery working group workshop for coastal communities, coming March 31st at NYIT, where practitioners across the region will be speaking at this one-day event. Stay tuned for more information to come soon!


Daniel Chibbaro has joined our team this month, as a New York office intern. Daniel comes to us with experience as an environmental analyst for EPA's Hazard Ranking System, and aspires to use this internship to expand his understanding on sustainable development in his pursuit of an urban planning career. Welcome Daniel! We're excited to have you join our team!

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