Congratulations to R3build winners, Team LARC's Rayne Fouche and Larissa Searle from Queensland, Australia! See a video clip to learn more about their design here

Urban Green Council's Emerging Professionals are hosting their 3rd Annual Design Competition to provide a scalable model for resilient single-family homes in coastal communities.  As we look back on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we reflect on the damage experienced by coastal communities around the world. For this competition, we are focusing our efforts on the local community of Breezy Point, New York, which is still very much enduring the effects of Sandy’s devastation.

This year's competition, R3build, represents the areas of Resiliency, Energy, Environment & Economy (R3) to be considered when rebuilding in a coastal community. Designs should also include a level of self-sufficiency to prepare for the uncertainty of public utilities and infrastructure in the wake of severe weather events. Urban Green Council has partnered with the Breezy Point Green Committee (BPGC) for this competition to establish an exemplary model for a resilient home, which can be used by a family wishing to rebuild in Breezy Point.

The competition tasks students and young professionals with designing a single-family home to withstand extreme weather events for areas most susceptible to increased storm intensity, frequency, and sea level rise. Teams should consider the applicability of their design to modular, off-site construction to further take advantage of time constraints in rebuilding efforts following natural disasters. Teams should aim to meet LEED for Homes Gold v4 requirements.

There is no doubt that most coastal communities will rebuild, the question is how to do so responsibly. In order to rebuild a stronger, more resilient community, it starts with the home; a comfortable, safe, and reliable structure that can withstand the impacts of severe weather.  This is where the roots of the community are established, and this is where the rebuilding of Breezy Point begins.


First Place: LARC | Bayside Bunker | Rayne Fouche, Larissa Searle | Queensland, Australia
Watch a video from Team LARC here.  

Second Place: Life Up | Zohaib Dar, Esin Pektas, Gokce Saygin, Antonino Scaglione, Demircan Tas, Baris Unal | New York, NY

Third Place:  B-Side | +3L House | Nicole Ceci, Christina Galati, Jenny Kim, June Kim, Emily Scott, Lauren Zailyk | New York, NY

People's Choice Award: SEAMS | Root3d House | Steven Burke, Michael Day, Erin McNally, Andrew Salter, Sherry Yang | New York


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Ben Bischoff | Founding Partner, MADE

Ben Bischoff is co-founder and Principal at MADE, a design-build practice distinguished by its integration of the architect and contractor at every stage of the creative process. Established in 2002, MADE’s work has been featured in The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Dwell, The New York Times, and New York Magazine along with select book publications. Ben has presented MADE's work in lectures at Yale, Tulane, Mississippi State, and Kansas and in exhibition design for the Center for Architecture. Ben is a registered architect in the State of New York and holds a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Richmond. While at Yale, Ben was awarded the David Schwarz Good Times Award traveling fellowship for excellence in design and served as construction supervisor for two years on the Yale Building Project.

Ashley Fallon, Program Coordinator, Breezy Point Green Committee

Ashley is a native of Breezy Point, New York and an active member of the Breezy Point Green Committee. After Hurricane Sandy she was accepted to attend the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University. At this prestigious conference, she shared her vision for the sustainable future of coastal communities, and connected with other young change-makers from around the globe. In July 2013, she helped to organize the town’s first ever “Green Expo" in hopes of encouraging the community to rebuild with resilience in mind. Ashley is pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Policy at The New School, and works in marketing for Yelp, Inc. 

Thomas Phifer | Director, Thomas Phifer and Partners

Thomas founded Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997 with the aim of connecting the built environment to the natural world through a heightened sense of openness and community spirit in his design.  This essence can be felt in his completed work such as the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raymond and the Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and the Salt Point House, the Millbrook House and the Taghkanic House, all in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.  Thomas’s buildings have received a range of awards including seven AIA National Honor Awards and twelve AIA New York Honor Awards.  Currently, work under construction includes the United States Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah and the prototype of a new street light fixture for New York City.   

Steven Winter | President, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. 

Steven Winter, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is Founder and President of Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA). Steven has been at the forefront of the U.S. sustainable/green building movement since its inception. He has significantly contributed to its development as an industry, through the numerous leadership positions he has held. Steven provides strategic planning for SWA research and consulting projects, in addition to managing the firm's operations. Under his guidance, the firm has continuously developed and cultivated a range of client services in energy, sustainability, and other disciplines that have helped to improve the built environment since 1972. As Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council from 1999 to 2003, Mr. Winter led the organization as its membership and influence skyrocketed with the launch of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program and Greenbuild.  

Lauren Yarmuth | Co-founder and Principal, YR&G

With over 13 years of experience spearheading the sustainability industry, Lauren is a recognized leader skilled at helping people, companies, buildings, and communities to implement and benefit from sustainability-focused solutions. An architect by training, She applies her diverse project experience and whole-systems perspective to enable teams of people to develop creative approaches to realize greater success in their work. Lauren is a celebrated presenter, educator, and facilitator. She is LEED Faculty for USGBC, and she teaches at various colleges and universities including as adjunct faculty at Columbia University.

Thank you to our sponsor, Environmental Connection Inc:

Read more about the competition and the Breezy Point community on The HuffPost Green Blog

Find competition updates by follwoing us on Twitter! @UrbanGreenEP, #R3build

Key Dates

Registration Opens - November 21, 2013
Early Registration Deadline (reduced rate) - EXTENDED to December 23, 2013
General Registration Deadline - January 24, 2014
Question Submission Deadline - February 10, 2014
Project Submission Deadline - February 18, 2014
Finalists Announced - March 5, 2014
Exhibition - March 12, 2014, DORMA Showroom (exhibited at the Urban Green Spring Member Reception)


1st Place - $1,000
2nd Place - $500
3rd Place - $300