November 2013 Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Update
Last month, we celebrated our favorite and most important part of the design process -- community workshops! Alongside the communities of Toms River and Seaside Heights, the Sandy Team dove into forming ideas and visions that not only repair the damage caused by the devastating hurricane but improve school athletic spaces and create a new events center and improve an iconic boardwalk. With a headful (and notebook full) of ideas, the Sandy team and an entire team of design partners are ready to get started on creating beautiful, resilient, sustainable spaces for these communities to enjoy.
In this update:
- Restore the Shore: Creating a vision one idea or plank at a time
- ReNew Schools: Bringing sports back to Toms River
- New York team Attends Design Like You Give a Damn: Live! in San Francisco
- Program Milestones to Come
Restore the Shore: Creating a vision one idea or plank at a time Seaside Heights community members wrote their thoughts on paper planks and created a boardwalk full of ideas for a vision of their community. The dialogue and activities continued throughout the day and were captured in a community workshop report found here. The ideas were non-stop! On November 15, Gail Gambarini, Design Fellow, facilitated a kick-off meeting with our design partner, Gensler Morristown office. Together the Design Team reviewed the workshop outcomes and started to develop sketches of possible designs. Read more about that kick-off meeting here.
ReNew Schools: Bringing sports back to Toms River On October 30, Toms River North High School welcomed the Sandy Team and design team from CW Brearly Architects to host a community workshop. The evening event was filled with parents, students and school staff. The High School is a hub of sports teams, athletic events and active space for the community year-round and used by their 2400 students and many more community members. Learn more about Toms River and find the full workshop report here.
New York team Attends Design Like You Give a Damn: Live! in San Francisco Our annual humanitarian design conference, Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! took place in San Francisco, Nov 7-9 with this year's theme, Designing for a more resilient world. The Sandy team and our NY Chapter were well represented and contributed to a powerful conversation about disaster response, long-term recovery and resilience. Need to catch up on the Sandy program? Read our "One Year Later" report.
Program Milestones to Come Keep track of our projects on our Hurricane Sandy program page on the Open Architecture Network.
- Restore the Shore - Seaside Heights, NJ
- ReNew Schools Program - Toms River School District and the Little Ferry School District
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In the closing days of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy carved a path through the Caribbean before moving up the Atlantic and turning inland at New Jersey, striking many coastal towns. The storm moved north and created a storm surge that devastated the New York/New Jersey Metro area. The event caused major damage and loss of life.