BLUE DUNES

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Development program called “Rebuild by Design,” which attracted engineers, architects, and designers is considering proposals to defend the New York and New Jersey coastlines.

A series of man made islands off the coast of New York and New Jersey may some day protect the Northeast coast from the impact of deadly storm surges during future Superstorms, like the ones caused by Sandy, according to a new proposal as the region continues its recovery.

This artist rendering by Stevens Institute of Technology proposes creating artificial barrier islands off the coast of New York and New Jersey to protect the shoreline from storm surges like Superstorm Sandy.

“Blue Dunes” project was conceived by New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology and architectural firms costing around $12 billion, and would stretch from central Long Island, N.Y., to the southern tip of Long Beach Island in New Jersey.

Logistical, political, financial and technical issues still have to be overcome in the Rebuild By Design contest being held by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to solicit new ideas to protect the region from future storms.

AP Photo/WXY/West 8/Stevens Institute of Technology