ORLI+, and our partners at GreenspaceNYC, recently won the "practical disruption" prize as part of the Climate of Dissent Protest Design Competition put on by Studio BLEAK. We are beyond excited to have been selected and to begin connecting with more activists and community advocates, to move our proposition forward in the next coming months.
We based our competition proposal on the current US Army Corp of Engineer (USACE) Coastal Storm Risk Management Project, the “New York And New Jersey Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study”.
We call our proposal, "EXPEDITION: BARRIER FREE ROCKAWAY;" a march along the Rockaway Peninsula which aims to highlight key figures related to the USACE coastal storm risk management project. The proposed storm surge impacts have been studied with minimal input from affected communities and advocates, and the proposed project alternatives have not been shared with the public in a transparent or inclusive way.
The expedition will also highlight key activists and organizations with NYC and their advocacy and community building initiatives. The goals of our action are the following:
1. To bring attention to the rushed process by which the US Army Corps of Engineers has unveiled a proposal to construct a storm surge barrier in Lower NY Harbor.
2. To highlight environmental, economic, and equity concerns about the proposals, and the lack of community input and participation in the process.
3. To provide the Army Corps and the public with a history of grassroots alternatives.
4. To support collaboration across disciplines towards comprehensive and sustainable resilient planning solutions for NYC and beyond.
From the organizers, Studio BLEAK:
"CLIMATE OF DISSENT was a design competition that asked architects to design like activists.
It began as a response to the immense issue of global warming, with a charge that architecture must do more to address this crisis. Drawing inspiration from political and cultural dissent unfolding in our country and around the world, the competition sought to blend architectural design with action design, encouraging architectural thinkers to use their unique spatial and organizational skills to dream up an act of protest that addressed climate change. No sites, no budget and no timelines were given as parameters - participants built their action designs from the ground up, referencing the creative tactics of the competition’s activist partners.
With participants from 15 countries, the responses were vast and varied. The jury, consisting of creative activists, architects and educators, chose three speculative prizes and one practical prize which will be developed and implemented as a realized action.
From marches and blockades to festivals and new religions, we hope the results of this contest serve in some way to push for solutions to the crises of our world, blending architectural design, activism and all other disciplines that strive for social and environmental justice."
We will be working with Studio BLEAK and the competition partners over the next several months to plan this collective action. Be sure to follow ORLI+ on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for the latest updates related to this action!