ennead named leading innovation in FAR ROC competition
envisioning a place where the urban resident lives in a new relationship to the landscape
image © ennead architects/ennead lab

 

 

 

after being shortlisted for the FAR ROC (for a resilient rockaway) international design competition, new york-based firm ennead‘s proposal was named runner up and leading innovation in resilient waterfront development. the design known as F.R.E.D. (fostering resilient ecological development) reconfigures familiar urban constructions and interweaves them within the ecological structures along an unpredictable shoreline. the arrangement reflects resiliency, with built-in flexibility such as elevated walkways to accommodate daily activities regardless of the weather and sea level. a central pier can support economic growth and foster a sense of community, while housing clusters lead to efficient use of resources, promoting several kinds of sustainability over the course of generations.

 

for more info on the award-winning project, see designboom’s coverage of the original entry here.

 

 

ennead named leading innovation in FAR ROC competition
ennead envisions a place where tidal flooding may become a regular event and housing is elevated, a new kind of street keeps the community connected.
image © ennead architects/ennead lab

 

 

ennead named leading innovation in FAR ROC competition
community is built at several levels
image © ennead architects/ennead lab

 

 

 

jury member steve bluestone of averne east development ll /the bluestone organization, reflects on the project: ‘the decision was finally made at the eleventh hour and it was not an easy one by any means. the ennead team’s submission struck so many of us in the room as a great opportunity not to be missed. it was a big idea and I would still like to see the proposal get built – it should be built. and while this beachfront turned out not to be the right fit, I do not doubt that there are many other beachfront communities that will embrace this plan.’

 

 

ennead named leading innovation in FAR ROC competition
a new kind of street
image © ennead architects/ennead lab

 

 

 

resilient infrastructure can also enhance community and foster economic activity. the central pier, connecting elevated subway to boardwalk, is a year-round retail and entertainment center for the peninsula and a major summertime destination for the city. the strategy is to increase the density and intensity of both the ecological and urban characteristics of the site, maximizing the potential benefit of each.

 

 

ennead named leading innovation in FAR ROC competition
aerial view
image © ennead architects/ennead lab

 

 

ennead named leading innovation in FAR ROC competition

 

 

 

project info:

 

F.R.E.D. (“Fostering Resilient Ecological Development)
ennead architects/ennead lab
FAR ROC competition 2013

team credits:
design: ennead architects/ennead lab: jorge arias; andrew burdick AIA, LEED AP; christina ciardullo LEED AP BD+C; aleks dawson; erkan emre AIA, NCARB; billy erhardt; dalia hamati LEED GA; joerg kiesow; stefan knust AIA, LEED AP, CPHC; eliza p. montgomery; richard olcott FAIA, FAAR; nikita payusov; adam sheraden AIA; susan strauss; na sun; david tepper AIA; justin wadge
consultant team:
ecology biohabitats: terry doss; michael spina
sustainability: atelier 10: michael eposito; shreshth nagpal LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE BEMP, HBDP; ben sheppard LEEP AP BD+C; paul stoller LEED AP BD+C
civil langan engineering & environmental services: chris Vitolano PE; jennifer folinusz
landscape hargreaves associates: mary margaret jones FASLA, FAAR; gavin mcmillan; ken haines; mary lydecker LEED AP BD+C; anchalee phaosawasdi
structural LERA: eddy roberts PE; dan sesil PE
retail: HR&A advisors: kate collignon; kate coburn