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Apr 10 2013

NYIT Student-Led Architectural Competition Attracts Global Interest

Old Westbury, N.Y. (April 10, 2013) – Architects and students from more than a dozen countries have registered to compete in the global design competition launched by NYIT students who want to help guide the long-term development of communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities competition was created by Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI), a grassroots committee led by architecture, interior design, and construction management students from NYIT’s Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses. 
The competition seeks to address the major rebuilding challenges faced by coastal communities.  Regulations imposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) call for homes assessed at damage levels of 50% and higher to either be demolished and reconstructed, or raised above a certain elevation.
“After forming Operation Resilient Long Island, our team came to a crossroads and wondered: what could we as architecture students do to help?” said Daniel Horn, who co-chairs the 3C competition with Alex Alaimo. “We wanted the competition to address the problem of rising home elevations and how they will inevitably destroy the unique character of every coastal town.”
The competition challenges architects and designers to research the Northeast community of their choice and design a scheme for resilient housing that addresses local conditions. After the competition, Horn says students will work with local officials to propose zoning code regulations that guide future development and ensure a comprehensive development strategy.
Teams from Mexico, Greece, Chile, Taiwan, Canada, Argentina, India, Serbia, and the Philippines have already registered. The students are contacting architectural schools, professionals, and students generate submissions and interest in the competition. They also are posting frequent updates and messages on Twitter and Facebook.
Later this month, the group is hosting “Raise or Stay: The Road Forward Post Sandy” at Steelcase NYC. The event will showcase student-led initiatives from NYIT and other area architectural schools. 
The registration deadline for the 3C competition is June 30 and submissions are due by July 25. A panel of industry professionals will judge the submission. Winning entries will be included in a publication distributed to local municipalities and featured at an October 2013 symposium organized by ORLI members at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.
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