Throughout history, many of our region’s great cities and towns have been located on bodies of water. Now these productive and iconic places are threatened by rising water, storm surges, and uninsurable, shifting waterfront land. With 50% of Americans living on some type of coast, isn’t there a better way? Architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and engineers need to collaborate to safeguard coastal land while creating great city spaces.
This program considers that the answer may come from a change in perspective. Planning inland from the water yields remarkable benefits. The vanguard for this approach will discuss their work. They include a major oceanographer and water modeler frequently sought out for his knowledge of the region’s ocean, river, and bay coastlines; NYC’s former chief urban designer, now a professor who focuses on achieving coastal resilience; the head of the Corps of Engineers’ Sandy Recovery Program; and a landscape architect with a coastal focus.
Case studies from around the region, as well as global cities, will demonstrate the success of water-centric approaches. The speakers will show how interdisciplinary research and collaboration between designers and scientists can forecast outcomes more reliably and result in effective best practices.
Dr. Alan Blumberg, Director, Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Maritime Systems
Anthony Ciorra, Chief, Coastal Restoration & Special Projects Branch, and Director of the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sandy Recovery Program for the New York District
Walter Meyer, ASLA, Founding Partner, Local Office Landscape Architecture and adjunct professor, Parsons The New School for Design
Alexandros Washburn, Professor and Founding Director, Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Coastal Resiliency and Urban eXcellence (CRUX), former Chief of Urban Design for the City of New York, and author of The Nature of Urban Design: a New York Perspective on Resilience.
Tomas Rossant, AIA, 2015 AIANY President
Jennifer Nitzky, 2015 ASLA-NY President
Donna Walcavage, FASLA, DfRR Program Leader
Jonie Fu, AIA, Founding Partner, Fu Wilmers Design|Architecture + Urbanism
AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), ASLA-NY