Commitment to Action

Designing Recovery: Envision the Future by Building it Now

Commitment by

SBP

In 2013, the St. Bernard Project (SBP), along with its partners, committed to launching an open-sourced design competition to improve post-disaster recovery and housing in three communities still recovering from disaster: Joplin, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Queens, New York. The top designs will be used to build five pilot homes in each location and serve as models for energy efficient and resilient home building. Winning designs will be based on a holistic set of criteria, which will include speed of implementation, cost of supplies, energy efficiency, volunteer friendliness, resiliency (built to withstand future disasters), and replicability. Competition designs will be made available in the public domain to ensure others have access to them during future disaster recovery efforts. As part of SBP's commitment, they will break ground on the first pilot house in Queens, New York, coinciding with the first year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

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Commitment

Designing Recovery: Envision the Future by Building it Now

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$1,910,000

Region

Northern America

Countries

United States

Commitment by

SBP

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Architecture For Humanity, Make It Right Foundation, The American Institute Of Architects, The Dow Chemical Company