Research is integral to ORLI+'s mission. Our collaborative team has conducted research on numerous scales throughout the last several years with diverse and varied focus. Our main research initiative yielded a diverse collection of ideas as part of the 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities design competition. Along with knowledge from team members personal research efforts, the 3C Competition led ORLI+ to develop the 5 points of resilient reconstruction.
3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Design Competition
The 3C Global Design Ideas Competition, launched in early 2013, was ORLI's first major initiative, aimed at bringing new ideas to shore neighborhoods in the tri-state region affected by Superstorm Sandy. The competition yielded 60 submissions from 20 countries around the globe, some of which are highlighted in the images below.
ORLI's 5 Points of Resilient Reconstruction:
Based on knowledge gained through the 3C Competition, ORLI+ developed the 5 points of Resilient Reconstruction outlined above. Each of these categories pertain to physical characteristics about a single building. Yet, it is not until communities understand the elements of a single structure before they can reform zoning codes that influence the entire town. These physical characteristics are like the genetics of a town. Within each building block there are multiple variations and alternatives. They aim to serve as a starting point for communities to reform building code. Towns can understand which permutation of building blocks work best for their specific context, and then reform code accordingly.
[Re] Constructing the Water's Edge
"[Re] Constructing the Water's Edge" is an architectural research/design project located on the Newtown Creek in Brooklyn, NY. The shorelines of the creek were observed and an architectural intervention was imagined that could become an intermediary space between the urban typologies and the creek.
Urban Water Margins
The goal of Urban Water Margins was to reframe and understand the existing and emerging issues and paradigms facing coastal communities in the southern and eastern United States in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It framed Hurricane Sandy as a game changer in how we think about the design of coastal communities for the future while still addressing the issues of today. New ideas about community organization and function, as well as about industry and flooding were merged with shifting paradigms of climate change and contamination to create a vision plan for the year 2080 for the Gowanus Canal. Urban Water Margins imagined new concepts of program, energy production, contaminant filtration, and community construction in a resilient coastal future.
Cloud 9 - Economy, Culture & Resilience in Siargao
The Cloud 9 Wave in Siargao is a driver of both economy and culture for the area. However, the wave itself depends on a healthy and robust coral reef just off shore. This ongoing research project begins to look at the health of the reef and it's relationship to both more traditional economies such as fishing and a new emerging paradigm of a booming surfing culture. Additionally, as climate change and sea level rise continue to progress, the reefs role as a protective barrier to the small island is crucial during more frequent and intense typhoons in the area. As the lynch pin in a delicate and dynamic system, the health of the reef and surrounding aquatic ecosystems is crucial for the future economic, social and environmental resilience of Siargao.