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AIA Presents ‘Designing Recovery’ Awards

ARCHITECT MAGAZINE

October 3, 2013

The AIA has concluded an ideas competition aimed at designing disaster-responsive homes for New York, New Orleans, and Joplin, Mo.

Toronto-based Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building’s winning entry for New York, the Resilient House, anticipates storm surges with a flood-proof foundation, while structural insulated panel (SIP) assembly reduces on-site construction time in post-disaster rebuilding efforts. The jury responded to the Resilient House’s use of daylighting and contemporary design ideas that were “about the right scale in the neighborhood context,” Willis says. “But it also figured out a way that is recoverable and [reparable],” while per-dwelling material costs would be under $50,000.