What If New York City...

As part of PlaNYC 2030, the New York City Office of Emergency Management is sponsoring a design competition for post-disaster provisional housing in the case of a hurricane other large-scale disaster in New York. The competition is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and Architecture for Humanity-New York.

Registration opens on October 15 and submissions are due on December 14, 2007. From the website:

"What if New York City..." is a call for innovation and an opportunity for designers and policy-makers to collaborate on one of the biggest challenges facing densely settled urban areas after a disaster: how do we keep people safely and comfortably housed while reconstruction proceeds?

A jury of experts in the fields of architecture, design, urbanism, and government will choose ten entrants who will be awarded $10,000 each and technical support to develop their proposals into workable solutions. These solutions will provide support for New York's most vulnerable communities and be a precedent for dense urban areas all over the world.

For information about the competition, click here.