Rebuild by Design

Rebuild by Design


How can they withstand a storm and get back to work? The team came up with a financial program in which federal dollars are leveraged with private money to build more resiliency for these businesses. It’s a financial strategy married with local design.

Henk Ovink, The New York Times

As finalists in the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild By Design competition, Cooper Robertson and HR&A Advisors focused on strategies to strengthen the vitality and resiliency of mixed-use and commercial corridors threatened by coastal flooding. Under the mantra “Resilient Businesses Make Strong Communities”, our team worked in three neighborhoods: Asbury Park, New Jersey; Red Hook, Brooklyn; and Rockaway Park, Queens.

As part of the year-long, multi-phased process, our team engaged each community on multiple levels in order to address public and private interests as we developed our design approaches. As a result of this engagement and process, our design solutions varied in each of the three communities, addressing urban beachfronts, working waterfront industries, main streets, and transit-oriented development. Our concepts were featured in Rebuild by Design exhibits at the World Financial Center in New York and the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, and in the Architecture Biennale at Kunthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands.



U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

New York and New Jersey
Completion Date
  • 2015 Administrative Conference of the U.S. Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award
  • 2014 AIA New York State Community Development Award
  • HR&A Advisors Economics

  • W Architecture and Landscape Architecture Landscape

  • Dewberry Hazard Mitigation
    and Emergency

  • Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation Community

  • Parsons Brinckerhoff Cost Estimating