Keeping Pace with Climate Change: Resiliency Strategies for the 21st Century and Beyond
Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
Nature’s patterns are changing across our paved, populated, and continually transforming urban landscape. How can New York City’s infrastructure and policy-making keep pace in a transient climate? This day-long program provides attendees with thoughtful, practical strategies that offer hard and soft strategies for resiliency and adaptability.
A morning lecture and panel series at Pratt Manhattan will offer attendees technical, take-home information. Presentations and audience Q&A discussions will be conducted among industry leaders, focusing on the City’s SIRR (Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency), waterfront planning efforts, lessons learned from past storm events, and a compare and contrast of applied strategies. An afternoon boat trip will showcase innovative projects planned for or constructed along the shoreline, including on the ground tours by designers and planners of the City’s harbor and the Hudson and East Rivers. The day will conclude with an evening happy hour, with the goal to foster future professional relationships and to continue the conversation.
The event will be held rain or shine on Thursday, June 13th and is co-hosted by the ASLANY, APA – NY Metro Chapter, and the Pratt Institute. Five CE units are planned for the day. Students enrolled in Pratt’s 3-day green infrastructure certificate program (June 14th – 16th) will receive a discount, and in turn, attendees of this day-long event will receive a discount on the certificate.
Morning Session 1: NYC's Special Initiative on Recovery and Resilience
1.0 CEU & CM Pending, HSW
Speaker: Dan Zarrilli
In December 2012, Mayor Bloomberg created the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) to address how to create a more resilient New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with a long-term focus on preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change. This will be presented, detailing a comprehensive report with actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide, reflecting the efforts of the city's many agencies, Federal agencies and the private sector.
Past Success and Future Needs: Perspectives from Government and Industry Professionals
1.5 CEU & CM Pending, CM, HSW
John Boulé II, P.E., Vice President, Senior Manager for Priority Project Delivery, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Timothy P. Crowley, Director of Mitigation Division, DHS/FEMA Region II
Jay Dearborn, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company
Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, APA, President, Nautilus International
Cliff McMillan, P.E., C.Eng, Principal, ARUP
Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Each panelist will discuss past work and experiences relevant to the implementation of effective resilient design. Presenters will cover a range of topics, including criteria for cost-benefit analysis, access to Federal funding for resiliency work, and lessons learned from practitioners in the fields of planning, engineering, and landscape architecture. The series of presentations will be followed by a discussion between all of the panelists, led by John Boulé, to discuss innovative strategies for how design professionals can infuse their work with an acknowledgement of our changing climate and an effort to mitigate these impacts.
Afternoon Session 1: NYC's Waterfront Plan
0.5 CEU & CM Pending
Speaker: Michael Marrella, Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning at New York City Department of City Planning
NYC's Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning will cover the Department of City Planning's efforts to improve New York City's waterfront, including waterfront rezoning initiatives, the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan and the upcoming Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies Proposal. These broad initiatives will be covered with specifics and examples, setting the stage for the tours to follow.
Afternoon Session 2: Red Hook Community Tour
1 CEU & CM Pending
Dave Meade (SW Brooklyn IDC, Executive Director)
Andrea Devening (SW Brooklyn IDC, Planning + Revitalization Manager)
St.John Frizell (Owner Ft.Defiance, Board Member Restore Red Hook)
Jackie Donovan (Fairway Market)
Red Hook businesses experienced severe damage to their shops and were forced to decide if they would rebuild, and if so how. A walking tour and presentation from local businesses Ft. Defiance and Fairway Market will discuss how they navigated the recovery process and the decisions that led them to rebuild. Dave Meade, executive director of The Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, will guide a community tour and discuss how the community was affected and the challenges they faced in energizing the local economy.
Afternoon Session 3: Brooklyn Bridge Park Post-Sandy and Beyond
1.0 CEU & CM Pending, HSW
Regina Myer, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Leigh Trucks, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Steve Noone, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Brooklyn Bridge Park was subject to storm surge and high winds during Hurricane Sandy, as was much of NYC's coastline. A walking tour and presentation from the park's President, Regina Myer, and Steve Noone, will discuss how the design of the site helped protect the park and how post-storm efforts improved upon this.
Afternoon Session 4: Williamsburg Waterfront
1.0 CEU & CM Pending
Barbara Wilks, Principal, W Architecture
Michael Kaye, Douglaston Development
Stephen Whitehouse, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
The Greenpoint-Williamsburg rezoning, one of the Bloomberg administrations largest land-use initiatives, envisioned the reclamation of the waterfront through private and public development into a continuous, accessible public greenway. The Edge, a major housing initiative on the Williamsburg waterfront, created new public space through waterfront zoning requirements, while incorporating exciting custom design elements, flexible event space, and a new ferry landing. The first phase of Bushwick Inlet Park, a Parks Department PlaNYC priority project, creates new active and passive recreation and a community center, and seeks a LEED Platinum certification. The goals, challenges, and lessons from both projects offer a rich resource for the continued transformation of the waterfront.