Lateral Office a finalist in FAR ROC competition

FAR ROC is structured as a two-part design ideas competition that will explore best practices and innovative strategies for the planning, design and construction of resilient and sustainable developments in waterfront areas. The competition aims to provide ideas and the basis of a master plan for the sensitive development of Arverne East, an 80+ acre site located in a FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area Zone, a section of the Rockaways that experienced significant storm surge inundation during Hurricane Sandy. It is anticipated that the results of the competition will be used as a basis for further planning work with regard to Arverne East and as a prototype for long term planning and development strategies in other densely populated seaside communities in the Rockaways and beyond.

The FAR ROC Design Competition resulted in 117 unique design proposals for the resilient development of Arverne East from over 20 countries around the globe – a truly international response to a design problem that will face more and more of our world’s communities in coming years. From those entries, four finalists and six honourable mentions were selected. The four finalists will each receive a stipend of $30,000 to aid in further development of their design proposals, which they will then present to the FAR ROC Design Jury in advance of the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

The finalists are: Rockaway Rising by Lateral Office of Toronto; F.R.E.D. by Ennead Architects of New York; Far Rockaway by Seeding Office of London, UK; and Small Means and Great Ends by White Arkitekter of Stockholm, Sweden.

Honourable mentions were given to: ROCKeast by Mith?n of Seattle; N.Y.S.P. by FRPO of Madrid, Spain; Beachside Lifestyle, Community Lifeline by McGregor Coxall of Sydney, Australia; S.E.C.U.R. ROC by elandscript of Hong Kong; Dune Co-Habitat by LOT-EK + SCAPE of New York; and S.A.N.D. by  ijKim Architect + N.E.E.D. Architecture + Group Han Associates of New York. 

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