Rebuilding is proceeding in the areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and one spot ripe for a new post-storm approach is Arverne East, an 80+-acre site first designated for development seven years ago. Progress stopped amid the credit crisis, and the developers (and friends) sought a new design through a two-phase competition announced several months ago. Four finalists, announced this morning, will each receive $30,000 to develop their proposals.
The four firms given the finalist nod, out of 117 submissions, were Ennead Architects, Lateral Office, Seeding Office, and White Arkitekter. Only Ennead is based in NYC—the other firms are based in Toronto, London, and Goteberg, Sweden. (Another six firms received honorable mentions—again with only one NYC-based entrant among them.) Each team has until October 7 to submit its final design, and the winner—to be announced October 24—will receive another $30,000 and the chance to be involved with the actual design of the site.
You'd think a storm buffer would be preferable, but not in NYC! We never learn.