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Guide to the Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy Competition Records
2013-2014
 MS 3216

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Margo Padilla

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 04, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rebuild by Design (Firm)
Title: Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy Competition records
Dates [inclusive]: 2013-2014
Abstract: This collection contains records of Rebuild by Design, a New York regional competition launched in 2013 by President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and led by the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, the Regional Plan Association, the Municipal Arts Society and the Van Alen Institute. It was a multi-stage planning and design competition to develop solutions to continuing threats resulting from climate change. The collection consists primarily of records related to competition planning, press releases, and interim and final deliverables. There are also a number of photos and videos of site visits, meetings, and various events.
Quantity: 101 Gigabytes (8,146 Files, 595 Folders)
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3216
Sponsor: The acquisition of the Rebuild by Design records was an initiative of the New Amsterdam Project.

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Biographical / Historical

Rebuild by Design was a competition launched in 2013 by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. The process took the form of a multi-stage planning and design competition to develop regionally applicable and locally-contextual solutions to continuing threats resulting from climate change, such as flood protection within the most affected areas within New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

After the competition was launched by the Task Force, responsibility for management of the competition transferred to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in collaboration with New York University's Institute of Public Knowledge, the Municipal Art Society of New York, the Regional Plan Association, and the Van Alen Institute.

In June 2014, then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the six winning projects based on evaluation by the competition jury and awarded $930 million for the first phases of construction: BIG U: New York, NY; Living with the Bay: Long Island, NY; New Meadowlands: The Meadowlands, NJ; Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, NJ; Hunts Point Lifelines: Bronx, NY; Living Breakwaters: Staten Island, NY; and one runner up, Resilient Bridgeport: Bridgeport, CT.

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Scope and Contents

Rebuild by Design was a competition launched in 2013 by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. The process took the form of a multi-stage planning and design competition to develop regionally applicable and locally-contextual solutions to continuing threats resulting from climate change, such as flood protection within the most affected areas within New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The collection consists primarily of records related to competition planning, press releases, and interim and final deliverables. There are also a number of photos and videos of site visits, meetings, and various events.

Arrangement

Folders and files are in the original order as transmitted via Google Drive by Rebuild by Design.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Digital file formats.
  • Digital images.

Subject Topics

  • Hurricane Sandy, 2012.
  • Climatic changes.
  • Climate change mitigation.
  • Climate justice.
  • Environmental protection.
  • Environmental policy.
  • Community organization.
  • Local government -- New York (State) -- New York

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to qualified researchers. Researchers will be restricted to view-only settings when requesting remote access to digital materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Some formats, such as CDs, floppy disks, and certain digital files, may not be accessible due to file corruption or because the library does not have the equipment or proprietary software necessary to make the information they contain accessible. Patrons may request view-only remote access to digital materials. A full manifest of the individual files comprising the series is available from the reference librarian on request.

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy Competition records, MS 3216, New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rebuild By Design, 2022.

Processing Information

Processed in 2022 by digital archivist Margo Padilla. Files were transmitted and downloaded via Google Drive. A virus scan was completed with no results. A scan for personally identifiable information was completed and files containing personal email addresses and phone numbers were redacted. Duplicate files were identified and removed using a TreeSize MD5 checksum search.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Digital Folder: 1 Communications Strategy and Published Press Articles

Scope and Contents

108 files. This folder consists primarily of Rebuild by Design's press and social media campaigns, official U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annoucements, and numerous press clippings from news outlets such as the New York Times, NJ.com, Fox News, and CNN.

Digital Folder: 2 Competition Planning

Scope and Contents

72 files. This folder contains documents outlining the detailed process, timelines, and deliverables for the competition. It also incldes meeting minutes, weekly team digests, workplan templates for each team, and slide decks for various presentations.

Digital Folder: 3 Documentation and Stats

Scope and Contents

19 files. This folder contains documentation of team interviews, community engagement meetings conducted by the teams, the jury deliberation process, and the competition design process.

Digital Folder: 4 Final Deliverables

Scope and Contents

2,122 files. This folder contains final presentation slide decks, videos, reports, web updates and more from each team.

Digital Folder: 5 Final Event April 3

Scope and Contents

26 files. This folder contains records of the final competition event including team slide decks for presentation to the jury, project boards for exhibition, and run of show for the event.

Digital Folder: 6 Legal

Scope and Contents

15 files. These files include comments from federal agencies and potential grantees on Rebuild by Design proposals, jury memos, jury deliberation summaries, and documentation of the jury process.

Digital Folder: 7 Photos and Images

Scope and Contents

1,708 files. This folder contains photos from various meetings and events such as regional meetings, midterm presentations, receptions and parties.

Digital Folder: 8 Process Memos

Scope and Contents

9 files. This folder contains summaries of the development of design solutions, the community engagement process, and overviews of the competition workplan.

Digital Folder: 9 Research Advisory Group

Scope and Contents

17 files. This folder primarily contains suggested readings for the Research Advisory Group members.

Digital Folder: 10 Stage 1 Winning Teams Submissions

Scope and Contents

10 files. This folder contains the complete proposals from each team, including information about processes, team members and advisors, project plans, and anticipated outcomes.

Digital Folder: 11 Stage 2 Research Stage

Scope and Contents

260 files. This folder contains evaluation criteria, fliers and event announcements, documentation from weekly tours and events, and initial research questions for the teams.

Digital Folder: 12 Stage 3 Design Stage

Scope and Contents

282 files. This folder contains team outreach plans, documentation for running community meetings, jury process and evaluations, memos, and Stage III final deliverables.

Digital Folder: 13 Videos

Scope and Contents

171 files. This folder contains videos of site visits, press announcements, and workshops.

Digital Folder: 14 Working Groups

Scope and Contents

3,333 files. This folder contains documents from the following working groups: Communications and Social Infrastructure; Data Anaylsis and Mapping; Ecology, Environment, and Soft Infrastructure; Governance, Regulations, Policies, and Funding; Planning, Design, and Hard Infrastructure; Vulnerable Populations. Documents include correspondence, meeting minutes, and various research reports and data research.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

There are a considerable number of files in the Data Analysis and Mapping subfolder that were created by proprietary software, primarily ArcGIS (developed and maintained by Esri). Please note that the library does not have software necessary to open or render these files.

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