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Learning from Rebuilding
Hallie Busta / ARCHITECT / October 11, 2013
The Hurricane Sandy recovery is inciting information sharing among the New York architecture community and design teams worldwide, says one of the architects leading the effort.
Illya Azaroff, AIA, is among a growing group of architects actively looking aboard for resilient design strategies to employ at home. The Nebraska native and founder of New York architectural studio +LAB was tapped earlier this year by the AIA’s New York chapter to head the region’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Before that, he’d helped found and chair the association’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRRC). Among the committee’s outputs so far is the Post-Sandy Initiative Report, a 44-page document offering suggested best practices for resilience-based approaches to topics such as housing, commercial structures, waterfronts, transportation, and zoning and codes.
So far, he says, the collaboration among the architectural community in New York and the surrounding region on recovery work stemming from Hurricane Sandy–related damage is resulting in an unprecedented level of information-sharing among architects and designers. ARCHITECT caught up with Azaroff after his presentation Thursday at the New York Institute of Technology’s TEDxNYIT: Meta-Resiliency, to a get a pulse on the current recovery efforts and learn what’s next.