Aug. 6, 2021 - The city's Resilient Hampton effort has been recognized with an Honor Award in Master Planning and Urban Design from the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Honor Award is the highest designation a project can receive.
The Design Awards celebrate the best of New Orleans architecture and design. Hampton has been working with the New Orleans-based architecture firm Waggoner & Ball on resiliency efforts, which began in 2015 with the Dutch Dialogues Virginia.
In announcing the award, the association noted, “the jury was impressed with the depth of research and innovation of pilot projects, and appreciated community engagement to establish foundational values based on deep ties to work with water instead of shutting it out. A sense of community resilience is remarkable, given the fact the sea level has risen nearly one and a half feet in the last 100 years. This was an incredibly complex and important issue, and the study did an amazing job of de-mystifying the underlying challenges of where the water is coming from and in what combinations."
Community Development Director Terry O'Neill said: “This award recognizes that Hampton is a national leader in addressing sea level change in creative ways and developing both short- and long-range plans. It also showcases the way in which we work in Hampton — extensive community and neighborhood involvement and collaboration with the Waggonner and Ball team, as well as environmental non-profits and federal and educational institutions.”
Resilient Hampton is a multi-phase effort that builds on integrated regional planning to direct redevelopment and address flooding. It is led by a holistic approach to pursue resilient solutions that layer environmental, social, and financial factors. Over time, phases have addressed regional and citywide planning, resilience partnerships with a local military base, and the design of pilot projects that create multiple benefits.
You can learn more about the plan and projects at hampton.gov/resilienthampton.