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June 3: Let's Celebrate

Join design team members, government agencies, partners, funders and the Rebuild family to celebrate two years since HUD awarded $930M to implement the seven Rebuild by Design proposals. 
Friday, June 3rd
9:15am – 5:00pm
Reception to follow.

The full day program will include an update of each project from the agencies and designers who are implementing the projects, reflections on challenges, lessons learned, and a celebration of the hard work that has been put into these visionary proposals. Learn more and RSVP»

The First 100 Cities

This week, our partner, 100 Resilient Cities announced the third wave of cities to be accepted into the program, introducing "The First 100" to the world. Congratulations Belfast, Toronto, Seoul, Addis Ababa, Jaipur, Luxor and others as they join the effort to build the Global Urban Resilience Movement. See the full city list and learn more»
Project Updates from the Sandy Region
Bridgeport, CT –  The Resilient Bridgeport "Think Tank" (the Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Engagement) met to respond to the proposed outreach plan and schedule, beginning with the next community workshop which will take place on June 10th. Learn more»

Long Island, NY - The kick-off meeting brought Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members together to discuss the comprehensive coastal and social resilience measures planned for the Mill River Watershed. CAC members represent a wide array of interests from bird-watching and fishing, to history and biology. The original proposal that HUD funded two years ago was based in Bay Park and Rockville Centre, and its main components were a sluice gate, bioswales and an underground storage system. That project has been expanded in scope to cover the entire Mill River Watershed, which will be divided into three implementation sections: Northern, Middle and Southern. Learn more»

Staten Island, NY - At last week's Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, the design team and the NYS Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), presented an update on the Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project and Living Breakwaters project. The latest data collection efforts – including a time-lapse video of the shoreline, analysis of the water levels on site, hydrodynamic modeling and ecological design progress –  were shown to the CAC in order to solicit feedback on the design direction and keep the public up to date.

During the second half of the meeting, participants broke into groups for a close-up look at site plans, renderings, maps, and an interactive breakwater visualization tool that the design team developed. The SCAPE team uses these materials to shape the project and integrate public feedback, helping to create consensus and allow for accessible ways of interacting with the project. Learn more»

Meadowlands, NJ - NJDEP updated Community Advisory Group (CAG) members this month with a summary of the flood-prone areas within the project area. Problem areas were identified based on existing data and CAG member feedback from from the previous meeting. 

NJDEP is currently synthesizing comments received for the Draft Citizen Outreach Plan (COP). The next steps following the final COP are the release of the Draft Public Scoping Document and the Notice of Intent (NOI). A Notice of Intent formally announces the next steps, namely preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the start of the public scoping period for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. All released materials will be posted on
the project website.

Hoboken, NJ - Did you miss the meetings? Now you can now view what happened online.  NJDEP held four open house community workshops that focused on design elements and amenities to be incorporated into the Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge project. They posted a video of the presentations delivered at the April 14th meeting to keep residents who were not able to attend informed as they go into the next series of public meetings in June and July.

Lower East Side, NY - At the Community Boards Three and Six Waterfront Task Force, the City presented an update and next steps for the East Side Coastal Resiliency project (ESCR), including the preliminary preferred alternative. Click here for the full presentation.

Funding Available for Educational Programs

The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) has released a Notice for Funding Availability (NOFA) for a “RBD Social Resiliency Program.” The notice allows partners in both Staten Island and Long Island to research and develop curriculum and programs in the Rebuild by Design project areas. Learn more >>

Public Culture Features Climate Interviews

Read interviews from our international working group in "Climate Change and the Future of Cities: Migration, Adaptation, and Social Change on an Urban Planet" as they discuss the challenges and opportunities that cities face in a warming world.

Read the full interviews and learn more»

Upcoming Events

June 8: The Smart City Model, Atlanta, GA

Join Amy Chester and other guests to discuss new ways of connecting people to each other, their local environment, and unique history; and how urban policy, transportation connectivity, sustainable solutions, and innovative development create the future of a great American city. This event is part of the Design Id\s Human program hosted by MA! and Metropolis Magazine Learn more»

June 10: Bridgeport Community Workshop

The full day is structured to attract a range of stakeholders by providing different types of events at various venues and at different times of day.The design team will learn from residents, local stakeholders, and participants will learn how other established communities are evolving in the face of the challenges associated with global warming. Learn more»

July 10-14: World Cities Summit, Singapore

Rebuild by Design and 100 Resilient Cities will hold an exhibition featuring the winning design proposals and resilient projects from around the world at the World Cities Summit and International Water Week in Singapore on July 10-14. Learn more»


Congratulations to the OMA team, winners of the 2016 NJ Futures Smart Growth Award

The Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge proposal was chosen as a winner in the 2016 Smart Growth Awards. The project was chosen to represent the best in smart growth and sustainable development projects around the state of New Jersey. Learn more»

Let us know what you've been up to, and we'll try to include it in our next monthly update.
Rebuild by Design is working in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and thanks The Rockefeller Foundation and other funders for ongoing support.

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