Waterproofing New York: Saturday, 2/9 at CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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With two destructive tropical storms in two years, New York City—like other global cities—is entering a phase of adaptation to catastrophic climate events that are a result of carbon cycle disruption by human, urban, and industrial practices. Superstorm recovery will require more than a simple fix; it will necessitate systemic adaptation to escalating storm surge, precipitation, and wind events through the construction of new urban landscapes that have the capacity to merge social, cultural, and environmental forces.

The Landscape Architecture Program of the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture, with support from the Municipal Art Society, American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, and the Institute for Urban Design, will host a conference of municipal leaders, scientists, engineers, and designers to explore the impact of past and future storms on New York City’s infrastructural systems: Water/Waste, Power/Data, Circulation/Fuel, Parks/Recreation, and Shelter. The conference will reveal the operating systems of the city to open speculation on Waterproofing New York as an act of coordinated yet opportunistic, pragmatic, and inventive city design.

The conference will explore the potential to imagine city design that transcends risk, which seeks to assess hazard, in order to grapple with propositions in a context characterized by the uncertainty of multi-scalar social and environmental systems.

This event is free and open to the public.

Featured Speakers and Panelists Include:

Waste / Water

Jeanette Compton, Director of Green Infrastructure, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Adjunct Professor, Fordham University
Paul Mankiewicz, Executive Director, The Gaia Institute
Lydia KallipolitiAdjunct Assistant Professor, Cooper Union and Columbia University in New York
Kate OrffAssistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Co-Director of the Urban Landscape Lab at Columbia University, Principal, SCAPE

Power / Data

Frank RuchalaAssociate Urban Planner and Designer, Department of City Planning for the City of New York
Byron StiggeDirector, Level Agency for Infrastructure
Chris ReedAdjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Miguel Robles DuranAssistant Professor of Urbanism, School of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design, and Director, MS Design and Urban Ecologies

Circulation/Fuel

Petra Todorovich MessickSenior Officer, Amtrak Outreach and Communications-North, Former Director, America 2050
Kevin FosterAssociate Professor of Economics, The City College of New York
Denise Hoffman BrandtAssociate Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at The City College of New York, and Principal, Hoffman Brandt Projects LLC
Georgeen TheodoreAssociate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, and Director of the Infrastructure Planning Program

Parks/Recreation
Dennis BurtonAdministrative Horticulturist/Forest Restoration Manager of Van Cortlandt Park, Past President of the Society for Ecological Restoration
Erika SvendsenResearch Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Catherine Seavitt NordensonAssociate Professor of Landscape Architecture, The City College of New York, and Principal, Catherine Seavitt Studio
Gullivar ShepardAssociate Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Shelter

Thaddeus PawlowskiLong Term Planning Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery
Mark GinsbergPartner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, New York and National Housing Conference Board of Directors and Citizens Housing and Planning Council Board President
Lance Jay BrownACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture, The City College of New York, and Co-Chair, AIANY Committee on Design for Risk and Reconstruction
Deborah GansProfessor, Architecture School at Pratt Institute, and Principal, Gans Studio
Hilary SampleAssociate Professor, Columbia University GSAPP, and Principal, MOS

Closing remarks by

Michael SorkinDirector, Graduate Program in Urban Design at The City College of New York, and Principal, Michael Sorkin Studio, Terreform

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Speakers and Panelists Include:

Waste / Water

Jeanette Compton, Director of Green Infrastructure, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Adjunct Professor, Fordham University
Paul Mankiewicz, Executive Director, The Gaia Institute
Lydia Kallipoliti, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cooper Union and Columbia University in New York
Kate Orff, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Co-Director of the Urban Landscape Lab at Columbia University, Principal, SCAPE

Power / Data

Frank Ruchala, Associate Urban Planner and Designer, Department of City Planning for the City of New York
Byron Stigge, Director, Level Agency for Infrastructure
Chris Reed, Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Miguel Robles Duran, Assistant Professor of Urbanism, School of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design, and Director, MS Design and Urban Ecologies

Circulation/Fuel

Petra Todorovich Messick, Senior Officer, Amtrak Outreach and Communications-North, Former Director, America 2050
Kevin Foster, Associate Professor of Economics, The City College of New York
Denise Hoffman Brandt, Associate Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at The City College of New York, and Principal, Hoffman Brandt Projects LLC
Georgeen Theodore, Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, and Director of the Infrastructure Planning Program

Parks/Recreation
Dennis Burton, Administrative Horticulturist/Forest Restoration Manager of Van Cortlandt Park, Past President of the Society for Ecological Restoration
Erika Svendsen, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, The City College of New York, and Principal, Catherine Seavitt Studio
Gullivar Shepard, Associate Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Shelter

Thaddeus Pawlowski, Long Term Planning Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery
Mark Ginsberg, Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, New York and National Housing Conference Board of Directors and Citizens Housing and Planning Council Board President
Lance Jay Brown, ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture, The City College of New York, and Co-Chair, AIANY Committee on Design for Risk and Reconstruction
Deborah Gans, Professor, Architecture School at Pratt Institute, and Principal, Gans Studio
Hilary Sample, Associate Professor, Columbia University GSAPP, and Principal, MOS

Closing remarks by

Michael Sorkin, Director, Graduate Program in Urban Design at The City College of New York, and Principal, Michael Sorkin Studio, Terreform

 

Fellows in “Civic Action”

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


At the request of the Noguchi Museum, the Architectural League recently hosted a design charrette about the museum’s ongoing “Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City” project, now an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park (pictured above). The session centered on “how to sustain neighborhood vitality [in Long Island City] by capitalizing on distinctive characteristics rather than succumbing to the often homogenizing effects of mainstream real estate development.” Charrette participants included Andrew Bernheimer, Denise Hoffman Brandt, Deborah Gans, Lyn Rice, and Board Member Claire Weisz. Urban Omnibus published video, images, and an article about the workshop.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: February 1-15, 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at St. Louis’ Washington University announced its spring lecture series, with Craig Dykers set to speak tonight (2/1), and visits from Gregg Pasquarelli and Richard Sennett scheduled for later this semester; Rob Rogers will speak about Rogers Marvel’s recent work (including President’s Park South, pictured at left) at the National Building Museum in Washington on 2/2; Denise Hoffman Brandt and Board Member Toni Griffin have organized a panel, Defining Cultural Landscapes, at CCNY on 2/3 (with opening remarks by Olympia Kazi); the Center for Architecture will host the panel Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today Redux on 2/4, with Thomas Balsley, Rick Bell, Lance Jay Brown, and Susan Chin all participating (Brown will be back at the Center, with David Dixon, for a discussion about Climate Change on 2/17); Bruce Fowle will speak at the Center’s Active Design 201 on 2/7; Board Member Claire Weisz will speak in New York, also on 2/7, at the Studio-X panel Trash Tubes of the Future; Board Member Enrique Norten will give a talk at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach on 2/9; that same day, in New York, Ernie Hutton will moderate a discussion on the Miami21 zoning initiative; and a new exhibit at the National Academy, featuring work by Robert A.M. Stern, has just opened and will remain on view in New York through 4/29.

Fellows’ Awards & Competitions: Brown, Dykers, Griffin, Handel, Harwick, Hoffman Brandt, Holl, Jahn, Kazi, Libeskind, Manfredi, Rogers, Sorkin, Stastny, Wakeman, & Walker

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Lance Jay Brown will serve as a juror for the AIANY State 2012 Honors Awards, to be presented this coming April; the teams proceeding to the third and final round of the National Mall Design Competition, managed by Donald Stastny, were announced, with Craig Dykers, Michael Manfredi, Rob Rogers, and Peter Walker all still in the mix; Dykers was also just announced as the chair of the jury for the 2012 Steedman Fellowship in Architecture International Design Competition; Ron Harwick’s Columbia Parc neighborhood in New Orleans (pictured at left) had a banner year, taking home multiple honors–click here to download a full list of awards and more information on the project; Patron Steven Holl’s Cité de l’Océan et du Surf in Biarritz, France, won the sole award in the Play category in Architect magazine’s 2011 Annual Design Review; critic Lee Bey cited the opening of Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library on his list of the best Chicago architecture of the past year (echoing Blair Kamin’s list from earlier in the month); the Parks for the People competition, organized by Olympia Kazi’s Van Alen Institute and with Steven Handel sitting on the jury, just announced the selection of nine teams to move on to the second round–one of which is led by CCNY’s Denise Hoffman Brandt and Board Member Toni Griffin; Daniel Libeskind’s Crystals at CityCenter project in Las Vegas won Gold and Sustainable Design Awards in the ICSC’s annual US Design & Development Awards; Urban Omnibus announced an essay competition to complement the Architectural League’s exhibit The Unfinished Grid, with our own Board President Michael Sorkin on the jury (deadline: 2/1/12); and Rosemary Wakeman has received a EURIAS Senior Fellowship to spend the next year at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies completing her book on the New Town Movement.

Fellows in the News: Blesso, Chin, Enquist, Fowle, Gorlin, Hoffman Brandt, Jahn, Libeskind, Norten, Safdie, Schrag, Sorkin, & Wilks

Monday, September 26th, 2011

PMc Mag called Matt Blesso “New York’s Host with the Most”; Susan Chin was announced [PDF] as the new Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space; the launch of an effort to find an architect for the re-vamp of Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier (pictured at left) led to rumblings that both Phil Enquist and Helmut Jahn are considering throwing their respective hats in the ring; Bruce Fowle served on the jury for the AIA’s National Healthcare Design Awards; Architectural Record profiled Alex Gorlin’s contemporary take on the rowhouse in East Brooklyn; CCGSAPP’s new blog features an interview with Alfredo Brillembourg and Denise Hoffman Brandt on their new co-edited issue of SLUM Lab, which debuted during Urban Design Week; Daniel Libeskind was announced as the architect for a new wing at his iconic Jewish Museum in Berlin; FastCo Design has a great story on the collaboration, in Villahermosa, Mexico, between Board Member Enrique Norten and Barbara Wilks on a new museum and park; Moshe Safdie’s Kauffman Center just opened in Kansas City; Jonathan Schrag was appointed to serve as Deputy Commissioner for Energy in the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and Board President Michael Sorkin’s new book, All Over the Map, has been receiving rave reviews from the likes of the Guardian and the Telegraph.

Fellows Events & Exhibitions: May 15-31, 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011

SOM Chicago principal Philip Enquist will speak about ‘The Endless City’ at Penn Design’s 2011 commencement ceremony on 5/16; Rick Bell and Laurie Kerr will both participate in Fit City 6 at the Center for Architecture on 5/17; Lance Jay Brown will participate in the Better City/Better Life: North-South Initiative symposium at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan on 5/18; a reception for the exhibit Downtown Brooklyn Commons [PDF], featuring design proposals from the Rus en Urbe studio led by CCNY’s Denise Hoffman Brandt, Elisabetta Terragni, and Barbara Wilks, with a model created in charette with Michael Sorkin’s graduate urban design studio, will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall on 5/19; Deborah Berke will speak at the Miller House Symposium in Columbus, Indiana on 5/20 (the titular modernist residence is pictured at left); Peter D. Cavaluzzi will join a panel on Firm Identity in an Age of Mergers & Acquisitions at the CfA on 5/23;  Enquist will join David Dixon and other noted urbanists for a series of discussions at the Detroit Public Library’s Detroit By Design event on 5/24; and Toronto’s Urbanspace Gallery will host a book launch party for Ken Greenberg’s aforementioned Walking Home on 5/25.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibitions: April 15-30

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Both Linda Pollak and Andy Bernheimer will serve as judges for the Architectural League’s Sketch 120: Greenpoint Edition tomorrow  afternoon (4/16); Craig Dykers and Board Member Maxine Griffith (pictured at left) will both speak at Colubmbia University’s GSAPP Alumni Weekend (4/16-17); Denise Hoffman Brandt will give a lecture on her City Sink project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on 4/18; Anthony Flint will speak at TEDxTampaBay on 4/19; Bernheimer will speak on 4/20 at Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture; Jeff Byles will participate in a panel discussion at the Ineffably Urban symposium in Buffalo on 4/30; and the newly-launched Studio-X Rio de Janeiro has opened with an exhibit featuring work by Galia Solomonoff.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibitions: April 1-14, 2011

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Board Member Byron Stigge will speak at the Out of Water conference in Toronto, from 4/1-2; Denise Hoffman Brandt will speak at the Next Eco-City symposium in Seattle on 4/7-8; Board Member Winka Dubbeldam will speak at the Progressive Architecture Symposium in Mexico City, also on 4/7-8; Deborah Gans will discuss her work on the new stained glass window at Manhattan’s Eldridge Street Synagogue on 4/8; Mark Strauss will participate in a panel on the 3 Rs of the New Economy at the APA National Conference in Boston on 4/10; Richard Sennett (pictured at left) will deliver the 7th Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism at CCNY on 4/11; the AIA Design Awards Luncheon, which will honor IfUD Patron Steven Holl, Fellows Bruce Fowle and Claire Weisz, and Board Member Thom Mayne, will take place at Cipriani Wall Street on 4/12; and the new exhibit Façade: Through a Glass Darkly, featuring two buildings by Matthias Sauerbruch, will be on view at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, UK, now through 7/10.

Fellows in the News: Arad, Brandt, Gans, Libeskind, Scheerlinck, Thompson, Walker

Monday, October 25th, 2010

MassLive reviewed Michael Arad’s lecture on the design of the 9/11 Memorial; C-Burbia, a design concept created in part by Denise Hoffman Brandt, was a jury-selected winner in the Build a Better Burb competition; The Museum at Eldridge Street unveiled their new stained glass window (pictured at left), designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans; the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution has selected Daniel Libeskind to design their new International Beacon for Democracy in Essex, UK; Kris Scheerlinck recently accepted a teaching position at WENK Sint Lucas Ghent/Brussels, where he has been invited to run an Urban Design studio and set up an International Master Studio in the spring of 2011; Jane Thompson’s new book Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes was reviewed in the NY Times and the Architect’s Newspaper; Peter Walker was interviewed about the Oakland Museum site in Metropolis P/O/V.

New Fellows

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

We’d like to introduce four new fellows: John Hartmann, partner at Freecell, William Kelley, Director of Economic Development at Union Square Partnership, Anthony Flint, of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Denise Hoffman Brandt, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the City College of New York School of Architecture.