White announced finalist – designing New York waterfront areas after Hurricane Sandy

White is selected finalist in the international competition FAR ROC in New York. The winning proposal will be used in the development of a part of the borough of Queens that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy 2012.

The competition “For a resilient Rockaway”, FAR ROC, explore innovative strategies for planning, design and construction of a resilient and sustainable development of Arverne East on the Rockaway Peninsula.

The FAR ROC competition has received a total of 117 entries from 20 countries. White is partnering with ARUP, and the team is one of four selected finalists. The winner will be announced on October 24, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

The proposal from White is called “Small means and great ends“. The design proposes the implementation of a series of interconnected small scale interventions with multiple functions that together form a resilient network designed for extreme environmental conditions.

The proposal derives from the acknowledgement of the forces of extreme environmental conditions and future uncertainties and the awareness of the need to interact and not to counteract, it relates to the forces ‘like a surfer to the waves’.

Read more about the selected finalists in FAR ROC.