Rebuild by Design

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced that six design proposals -- including one by MIT's Center for Advanced Urbanism, with partners ZUS + Urbanisten -- have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition. The MIT team’s winning design proposal "New Meadowlands” protects a unique area of approximately thirty square miles in the NY/NJ Metropolitan Region, against future flood events.

Over the last months the team worked in close collaboration with the State of New Jersey, Federal and State agencies as well as the 14 municipalities that are part of the Meadowlands. The comprehensive regional project addresses issues of ecology, economy, transportation and real estate development. $150 million of the CDBG awards announced today will be used for the first phase of New Meadowlands towards flood protection of the Little Ferry- Moonachie- Carlstadt and Teterboro area to create the first section of the Meadowband. Once implemented, this project will provide flood protection, recreational wetlands and economical development opportunities to the many residents of the surrounding communities.

More information on the New Meadowlands is available here