Project designs to be constructed as resilient housing options in New York, New Orleans and Joplin, MO

Contact: Scott Frank

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), in partnership with Make It RightSt. Bernard ProjectArchitecture for Humanity and Dow Building Solutions recently concluded “Designing Recovery,” an ideas competition created to aid in the rebuilding of sustainable and resilient communities. The competition was designed to help survivors of recent natural disasters in three distinct settings – New York City, New Orleans and Joplin, MO.

“When examining all of the designs submitted we continually asked ourselves if this would be a house we would want to live in regardless of safety considerations,” said Jury Chair, Michael Willis, FAIA, NOMA.  “The three designs that we chose all had the ideal combination of addressing disaster mitigation and actual livability.  The designs all had the sort of flexibility to be both a resilient safe haven during a natural disaster, but also serve as a dwelling that catered to family conditions and would blend into appropriate neighborhood styles without projecting a ‘bunker-like’ feeling.”

Although there could be just three winning designs, all of the entries that are feasible to construct will go into production in the corresponding communities and include: