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Raising Homes in Sandy-Damaged Areas of LI

Local architecture students organize an international design competition to help local coastal communities rebuild after Sandy.

My name is Daniel Horn, and I'm an architecture student from New York Institute of Technology.

Right after Superstorm Sandy hit the area, a group of us started a committee called Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI). The committee exists as a collaborative response to Sandy, founded to explore and develop methods to aid local communities by finding long-term resilient building and design solutions.

We feel the best way we can help is by organizing and hosting a global design ideas competition which will focus on the effect raising home elevations will have on coastal communities.

Details can be found at our website at www.3Ccompetition.org. The competition is open to all professionals and students, and registration opens on March 25, 2013.

On March 10 I drove through a hard-hit neighborhood in my town of Lindenhurst. The area was flooded yet again from the .

While driving through the area, I found some homes that were in the process of being raised. It's interesting to see these new elevations in relationship to the surrounding community.

Even though the homes are now safely above the BFE, they totally affect their neighbors and the overall value of the immediate neighborhood.

I cannot wait to see and share some amazing ideas and proposals that the 3C Competition will generate.

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Robert Deacon April 01, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Good blog post Danny, it's good to hear that your idea is being put to a competition that will spawn many great ways to deal with this situation, looking forward to the conversation and to the many ideas that will come from it. Robert Deacon Vangocleaning.com
GW96 April 02, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Hey Bertie, what if your house had a fire, would you be "lucky" to get something from the homeowner's insurance you paid for for whop knows how many years?? And now what if it took that homeowner's insurance 5 months to pay you anything so you had to live in a motel until they got around to giving you any money....would you feel "lucky" to get anything then?? You're an idiot!!
Joan April 02, 2013 at 03:05 PM
and the government will be using WHOSE MONEY to buy these houses? OURS! If people build their home on a flood plain, then the responsibility for maintaining and/or fixing them should be THEIRS ~ not ours ~ in any way, shape or form!
George Kasimos April 06, 2013 at 11:09 AM
We are an advocacy group looking to change FEMA's flood levels, zones and exorbident flood insurance premiums. Please join us. www.StopFemaNow.com www.facebook.com/StopFemaNow www.youtube.com/StopFemaNow www.twitter.com/StopFemaNow StopFemaNow@gmail.com
Reality Check April 06, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Daniel, I think it is a wonderful idea and give you all a tremendous amount of credit/thanks for the effort you are putting in. I DO believe however, that the risk of living on the water should be borne by the homeowner as the US Govt should NOT be in the business of overriding common sense.

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