16 July 2013 — McGregor Coxall, a Sydney and Melbourne based urban design and landscape architecture practice, has been shortlisted to be considered for the second phase of the “For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC) competition in Queens, New York.

McGregor Coxall’s master plan embeds environmental and social resilience into the 50-hectare site through adaptable design initiatives that respond to climate change impact on coastal communities.

The company designed a modern beach community comprising 2300 residential units and 47,000 sqm of commercial space, that rapidly transforms into an emergency re­sponse centre for low lying surrounding communities.

The FAR ROC competition came about in response to the devastating impact of Hur­ricane Sandy on low lying ocean front communities in the greater New York area. The Rockaways Peninsula was one of the most severely impacted areas, with storm wave surges, fire and flooding affecting the entire peninsula. Sea level rise and climate change will worsen current impacts.

Developers and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development promoted the use of the 120-acre Queens competition site as a laboratory for New York City to identify and explore best practices in waterfront development for the 21st century and beyond.