Thirteen graduate architecture students from the University of Pennsylvania have designed resilient, 50,000-square-foot urban housing structures intended to connect the beach and Boardwalk to the rest of Atlantic City. Several of the students' designs focused on developing building's that are made to withstand the conditions due to Atlantic City's proximity to the ocean and its geographical challengesfrom natural hazards, such as flooding.


Some designs focused on taking advantage of the area's soothing sea breezes and abundance of natural light to make the building energy efficient. While In other cases, the architecture served as an attraction in itself, which can contribute to the City's effort to diversify its assets. All of these designs are unique and very different than what currently exists today, both from a design and from a storm resiliency perspective.

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"The opportunity for the CRDA to engage with future architectural professionals ensures that we are bringing the best, brightest and most innovative solutions for our redevelopment initiatives to Atlantic City," said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri. "This was a timely and relevant exercise for the University of Pennsylvania to facilitate and their results were most impressive."


CRDA Director of Planning Elizabeth Terenik and Ian Jerome of Jerome Associates, whose firm is working with the CRDA on a number of coastal resiliency projects and Sandy HUD grant applications, served on a review panel for the student presentations. A second Penn Design graduate class focused on Atlantic City as well and will hold a public presentation on local historic preservation initiatives on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Dante Hall on Mississippi Avenue between Atlantic and Arctic avenues. On-street parking is available on Mississippi Avenue and at the Wave Garage on Fairmount and Mississippi avenues. Light refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. while the program runs from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.