What If New York City. . .


Total 465 registrants
Countries Represented 52 countries

Valid Submissions
Total 117

Student / Professional 21 / 95
Team / Individual 75 / 41

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Registrant: Matthew Francke
Other Team Member: Katya Hristova
East Boston, Massachusetts – United States
Title: Mobile Emergency Relief Ports (M.E.R.P.s)

Registrant: David Hill
Other Team Members: Laura Garofalo, Nelson Tang, Henry Newell, Megan Casanega
Raleigh, North Carolina – United States
Title: Threading Water

Registrant: Carsten Laursen
Other Team Member: Morten Norup Fassov
Copenhagen -- Denmark
Title: Untitled

Registrant: Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects LLP
Team Members: Mary Burnham, Jeffrey Murphy, Joseph Lengeling, Jason Hill, Seung Yup
Baek, Youngjoo Kahng
New York, New York – United States
Title: Community Provisional Residence (CPR)

Registrant: Jay Lim
Other Team Members: Erick Gregory, Christopher Reynolds
Toronto, Ontario – Canada
Title: S.C.A.F.FOLD

Registrant: Darrell Mayer
Other Team Member: Elizabeth Kolepp-Mayer
Raleigh, North Carolina – United States
Title: Container Living Apparatus (CLA)

Registrant: Otto Ruano
Other Team Members: Robert Wrazen, David Mans
Brooklyn, New York – United States
Title: SCALE: Sustainable Contemporary Adaptable Living Environment

Registrant: Joao Sequeira
Other Team Members: Ana Figueiredo, Marta Moreira, Pedro Ferreira
Lisbon -- Portugal
Title: Untitled

Registrant: Michael Tom
Other Team Member: Adam Alter
Brooklyn, New York – United States
Title: Untitled

Registrant: James Vira
Other Team Members: Jason Cadorette, Dominic Cullen, Ethan Cotton, Lanson Cosh
New York, New York – United States
Title: Rapidly Deployable inflatable Containers (RDIC)

Honorable Mentions

Registrant: Kili Akua
Halifax, Nova Scotia – Canada
Title: PLUG

Registrant: Carlos Azolas
Other Team Member: Adrienne Enfield
Brooklyn, New York – United States
Title: Untitled

Registrant: Frederico Celoni
Other Team Member: Stefano Landi
Viterbo – Italy
Title: Untitled

Registrant: Traian Cimpeanu
Other Team Members: Magnus Nirin, Gabriella Johansson
Goteborg – Sweden
Title: Untitled

Registrant: David Gagliano
New York, New York – United States
Title: Containerized Disaster Relief

Registrant: Dimitrios Gourdoukis
Clayton, Missouri – United States
Title: Untitled

Registrant: Sayem Khan, Eric Vencer
Boston, Massachusetts – United States
Title: Vertical Village

Registrant: Kirsten Olson
Other Team Member: Christine Novoselich
Ann Arbor, Michigan – United States
Title: Untitled

Registrant: Laurent Troost
Brussels – Belgium
Title: Untitled

Registrant: Francis Zarate
San Antonio, Texas – United States
Title: Untitled


The “What If New York City” Design Competition for Post-Disaster Provisional Housing is a two-part process consisting of an Open Competition followed by a Project Development Period. The Competition is intended to generate innovative solutions for post-disaster Provisional Housing.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International Architecture Project Competition
Genre Temporary-Structure
Country New York
RegDeadline 23 November 2007 GoogleCal iCal
14 December 2007 (Must be Postmarked or via Online)
Eligibility 18 years or older


What if New York City were hit by a Category 3 Hurricane?

In New York City, over eight million people live on land that has 578 miles of waterfront. By 2030, the population
is expected to reach nine million. At the same time, global climate change has put New York City at an increased
risk for a severe coastal storm. In recent years, storms have become more intense, occur more frequently, and
continue farther north than they have historically. The City would face many challenges during and after such a
storm; one of the most difficult is the possibility that hundreds of thousands of people could lose their homes.

With financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation and in consultation with Architecture for Humanity-
New York, the New York City Office of Emergency Management is sponsoring an open competition to generate
solutions for post-disaster provisional housing. “What if New York City...” is a call for innovation and an
opportunity for designers and policy-makers to collaborate on one of the biggest challenges facing densely
settled urban areas after a disaster: how do we keep people safely and comfortably housed while reconstruction

A jury of experts in the fields of architecture, design, urbanism, and government will choose ten entrants who
will be awarded $10,000 each and technical support to develop their proposals into workable solutions. These
solutions will provide support for New York’s most vulnerable communities and be a precedent for dense urban
areas all over the world.

This design competition will rely on a fictional but realistic New York City neighborhood devastated by a
hypothetical Category 3 hurricane. How will residents resume their lives? How can they be provided safe,
comfortable living space? How can this housing be quickly deployed and adapted to different site conditions?
How can it be reused in subsequent emergencies, environmentally sustainable, and cost effective?

I invite you to dedicate your talents to meet these challenges, in hopes that together we can build a more
resilient New York City.

David J. Burney, AIA, Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Design & Construction (DDC)
Joseph F. Bruno, Commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Paul Freitag, Development Studio Director & Senior Project Manager, Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC
Mary Miss, Artist
Guy Nordenson, Principal, Guy Nordenson & Associates, Structural Engineers LLP
Enrique Norten, Architect, TEN Arquitectos
Richard Plunz, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Competition Type
Two-Stage (Open Competition + Project Development Period), Anonymous Competition

10 Winners: US $10,000 each (the ten Winners asked to participate in the Project Development Period)
10 Honorable Mentions: $500 each

Entry Fee

Nine (9) 11” x 8.5” pages as individual JPEG files

Result Announcement: January 15, 2008

New York City Office of Emergency Management

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