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Learning from Loss in Three Storm-Battered Cities
Alexandra Rice / ARCHITECT / June 13, 2013
The AIA and partner organizations emphasize rebuilding smarter with ideas competition.
In the past couple of years, tragic storms have ripped through New Orleans; Joplin, Mo.; and New York City; to name just a few. In Joplin, more than7,600 homes were destroyed by the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history. Even as design efforts to build better post-disaster housing and storm bunkers are under way, many people are asking why we aren’t developing more sustainable housing in the first place.
Natural disasters offer, if nothing else, a chance to rebuild stronger. And with the help of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Make It Right, the St. Bernard Project, and Architecture for Humanity, rebuilding pragmatically may be a bit easier this time around. In an effort to design resiliency into neighborhoods, these partner organizations are offering cash prizes to the best design for a single-family home specific to each of those cities (Joplin, New Orleans, and New York). The idea was first announced Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative America, an annual event that focuses on promoting economic recovery in the U.S.
“This competition is not about replacing what was lost, but building back something that is better,” said AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, in a statement. “Architects are uniquely qualified for this task.”
In order to be in the running for one of the $10,000 cash prizes, entries must have had input from a licensed architect. In addition to prize money, any entry that meets the competition requirements will be entered into a portfolio of house designs to be used later as a reference for sustainable and resilient design.