We can hardly believe another year has gone by. As we reflect on the year, we are reminded of some of the people and highlights that made this year so great.  

As the Hurricane Sandy Design Competition projects move towards implementation, Rebuild focused on issues such as the restoration of an urban forest in Athens, Greece; transportation and green corridors in Atlanta, Georgia; and resilient and sustainable housing in Boulder, Colorado. In the Bay Area, the Resilient by Design Challenge culminated with nine large scale resilient and equitable projects, that address issues of sea level rise, transportation, equity and ecology. We partnered with 100 Resilient Cities, Enterprise Partners and the Georgetown Climate Center on the report Safer and Stronger Cities, a federal policy roadmap towards resilience.

Back home, we formed a “study group” of Lower East Side leaders who worked with the Trust for Public Land and James Lima Planning + Development to identify an equitable stewardship model for East River Park, the first section of the BIG U. We also continued to track and support each of the seven Hurricane Sandy Design Competition projects, reporting on key moments of the processes and progress. With many of the projects completing their environmental assessments this year, next year will be even more exciting as half of the funded projects will begin construction. You can see the schedule below.
The year was filled with a lot to celebrate. Rebuild had its 5th anniversary this summer, releasing the report 5 Years Later: Reflections from the Designers and bringing together many of the people who have made Rebuild a family throughout the years.  We also celebrated the release of the book TOO BIG that tells the insider story of the Hurricane Sandy Design Competition and the need to be bold in addressing our greatest climate challenges.Rebuild by Design is continuously looking to expand our work. If there is a challenge we could assist with, please let us know by emailing info@rebuildbydesign.org, we are looking for the next big challenge!We are very fortunate to work with incredible partners around the world who make our jobs rewarding and continue to push the envelope in making stronger, more cohesive communities.  We wish you a very happy holiday and a safe new year. Amy + Rebuild Team