2013-07-19 / Community

4 Finalists Selected In FarRoc Comp

The last 80 acres in the Arverne Renewal Area remain fallow. After many starts and stops the area known as Arverne East seems a bit closer to being developed after finalists were announced in the FarRoc competition.

In April, developers and an assortment of others including the Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced a two-phase design competition that “would explore innovative strategies for the planning, design and construction of a resilient and sustainable development at Arverne East, an 80+ acre site on the Rockaway Peninsula.”

According to organizers four finalists were selected out of 117 submissions. They are:  Ennead Architects, a New York-based firm that designs buildings that authentically express the progressive missions of their cultural, educational, scientific and governmental institutions and are responsive to their specific environmental conditions. Known for The Standard High Line, Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Common Ground

Community, among others, the firm is partnering with Elmwood Park, NJbased Langan Engineering; the New York offices of LERA, Atelier 10, and Hargreaves; and the Glen Ridge, NJ office of BioHabitats on FAR ROC.

 Lateral Office, a Toronto, Canada-based experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Known for re-envisioning runways in Reykjavik, Iceland and developing public space along the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, the firm is partnering with New York-based firms WXY Studio, Buro Happold, EDesign Dynamics, Sam Schwartz Engineering, and HR&A Advisors.

 Seeding Office, a London-based architectural practice deeply focused in exploring, studying, investigating and discussing everything that concerns the way people live in their built environment. Known for the Museum of Architecture in London, England, the New National Library in Cairo, Egypt, and the Arena Centar Shopping Mall in Zagreb, Croatia, the firm is partnering with New York-based firms Biber Architects and Robert Silman Associates.

 White Arkitekter, a firm based in Goteborg, Sweden, is the largest architectural practice in Scandinavia and combines leadership in sustainability with high quality architecture and urban design. Known for the redevelopment of Western Harbour in Malmö, Sweden, the Kristianstad Wetlands Visitor Centre in Kristianstad, Denmark, and the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, the firm is partnering with the New York offices of ARUP and Gensler.

“Hurricane Sandy did not back us away from the waterfront and its development, but the intensity of the storm and the terrible damage we all saw the day after reminded us that intelligent shorefront design is essential to our future,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “The FAR ROC competition tapped into the international community of architecture and design practitioners, which responded with nearly 200 creative and imaginative waterfront development strategies for Arverne East. This is a great starting point and I look forward to the next iteration of the finalists’ concepts. These ideas have the potential to not only guide development and protect property, but most important of all, they could save lives.”

Ron Moelis, Chairman and CEO of L+M said, “We have an opportunity with FAR ROC to learn from the impact of Super Storm Sandy and reimagine the way we plan, design, and construct affordable, sustainable, and resilient communities in our city.” The inspiring designs submitted by the finalists signal not only the exciting future that awaits the Rockaways, but also innovative changes in New York City development.”

The four finalists from Phase I will receive $30,000 each to further develop their proposed design solutions. In addition, they will participate in an orientation, a tour of the Arverne East site in the Rockaways, and a community engagement workshop, funded by the Surdna Foundation, which seeks to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States. Finalist project teams proceeding to Phase II of the design competition must include at least one licensed architect and one licensed engineer.

Phase II submissions are due from each team by Monday, October 7th, 2013. The winning project team will be announced on October 24th, and will receive an additional prize of $30,000.

The final winner is not guaranteed to actually work on the project but, according to a FAR ROC press release, is given “the opportunity to engage with the City, L+M Development Partners, the Bluestone Organization and Triangle Equities to discuss the possible production, design, and construction documents for the development of the project.”

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