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

 

Quoth the Fellows

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Susan Chin spoke to Metropolis about the Design Trust for Public Space’s new Five Borough Farm initiative (pictured at left), saying “Along the way we learned that urban agriculture is about much more than food. It’s about teaching kids where carrots come from, providing leadership skills and job-training to high-school students, capturing storm water and food waste for compost, and bringing neighbors together to transform underutilized land into vibrant public space.”  For a Huffington Post piece examining the spatial backdrop of the Aurora shooting, Board Chair Michael Sorkin commented, “Malls are repressive spaces. They have distorted the nature of the way in which one is able to participate in the life of a city as a citizen.” In an article about the lack of connection between new buildings and the city’s environment, the Vancouver Sun quoted Robert A.M. Stern’s recent warning, “We need to be ever suspicious of trends masquerading as ideas.”

Board Members-as-Jurors

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This week, the Open Space Alliance of Northern Brooklyn’s OSA Presents announces winning proposals for the construction of a temporary concert venue and recreation area, decided by a jury that includes Winka Dubbeldam; Enrique Norten headed a panel that determined the winners of the Global Holcim Awards last week (Gold award winner pictured at left – secondary school in Burkina Faso); Michael Sorkin will be one of the judges for the new Design Writing and Commentary category of the Core77 Design Awards.

Quoth the Fellows

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In an article looking at the politics of New York’s MTA subway construction in The Indypendent, Tom Angotti commented, “from a long-term planning perspective, the only rationale is real estate development.” The most recent issue of MAS Context features an essay by Patron Denise Scott Brown, who writes that “America is far more different from Europe than most visiting Europeans realise. This is in part due to the emigrants’ search for a new world, which they defined as the counterform to the unsatisfactory old world.” As the New York Times examined the strange bedfellows of starchitecture and the recession, Board Member Enrique Norten opined, “Developers were not just looking for architecture brand, they were looking for any brand. Of course I love Mick Jagger, but does that make a good apartment?”  In a Times op-ed exploring architectural writing, Board Chair Michael Sorkin’s 1985 description of the Whitney Museum (pictured at left) – “to which are affixed the winning ‘eyebrow’ windows, apt symbols of museum going” – is lauded as an exemplary piece of criticism.

Fellows in the News

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations shortlisted Craig Dykers’ Snøhetta and Board Member Thom Mayne’s Morphosis to design the New Embassy Compound in Mexico City; RPA Fellow Alex Marshall reviewed Institute Founder Ann Ferebee and Jeff Byles’ recent book, A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present; Anthony Flint reported on the annual TED conference and Prize winner, ‘The City 2.0′; Board Chair Michael Sorkin’s New York City Steady State plan (pictured at left) was profiled on the green design blog, inhabitat; and for the blog of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, June Williamson wrote about ‘Retrofitting for Fecundity’ and her speculative retrofit of a big-box center in L.A.

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.

The Official IfUD Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, December 16th, 2011

If you’re looking for some ideas for what to give to design-minded friends, family, or colleagues, we’d recommend browsing through the list of our Fellows’ publications over the past year: Tom Angotti’s New York For Sale came out in paperback; Andy Bernheimer and Board Member Claire Weisz both had projects included in Michael Crosbie’s New York Dozen; Jim Dart and Deborah Gans‘ work in New Orleans was featured in Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity; Founder Ann Ferebee released a new edition of A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present, updated to include recent years; critic Justin Davidson included Alexander Gorlin’s Tomorrow’s Houses on his round-up of the most Notable Design Books of 2011; Ken Greenberg’s Walking Home was published to great acclaim; Jamie Hand, Olympia Kazi, and Kate Orff co-edited Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park, which features work by Barbara Wilks; Horizontal Skyscraper, Patron Steven Holl’s latest publication, is just hitting bookstore shelves now; Board Member Thom Mayne rolled out a new manifesto called Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form; Board President Michael Sorkin’s most recent collection of essays, All Over the Map, has been building buzz; and Frederick Steiner released Design for a Vulnerable Planet this past spring.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: December 15-31, 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Today (12/15), Ken Greenberg will be in Edmonton (pictured at left) to speak about urban design at the Downtown X-posed symposium; Lance Jay Brown will introduce, and Rick Bell & Board President Michael Sorkin will speak at, the Center for Architecture’s Freedom of Assembly panel on 12/17; Michael Arad will go gastronomical to serve as a juror for Edible Brooklyn’s 3rd Annual Latke Festival on 12/19; and the work of Robert A.M. Stern and Patrons Steven Holl and Denise Scott Brown is on view at the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture through 2/18/12.

Gift Idea: Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

It’s the holiday season, and we’ve got the perfect gift for students, employees, friends, family–anyone in your life who’s interested in urban design: By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. The Institute’s most recent publication made Planetizen’s yearly list of the Top 10 books on urban planning, design, and development (along with Ken Greenberg’s Walking Home and Board President Michael Sorkin’s All Over the Map). Copies can be purchased online right here

Fellows in the News: Blesso, David, di Domenico, Dubbeldam, Flint, Gans, Ginsberg, Hoal, Lancaster, McKinney, Sorkin, Stepner, Strauss, Walker, & White

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The New York Times and WNYC both featured write-ups of last week’s Making Room symposium, which featured panelists Matt Blesso, Mark Ginsberg, and Mark Strauss, as well as the presentation of new work by Deborah Gans; Theo. David’s proposal for the redesign of the Old GSP Area in Nicosia (pictured at left) was featured on ArchDaily; John di Domenico’s firm has just opened a new DC office; work on Board Member Winka Dubbeldam’s Ports1961 flagship in Paris is just wrapping up; as the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities approaches, Anthony Flint reflects on the book’s legacy; John Hoal presented a draft plan for the reinvention of University City’s Parkview Gardens neighborhood, while construction on Chouteau Park, also designed by Hoal, got underway in nearby St. Louis; Patricia Lancaster joined NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate as a clinical professor; Charles McKinney spoke with DNAinfo.com about the NYC Parks Department’s selection of lanscape architect David Kamp for the design of a new city park, Sutton Place South; Norman Weinstein called Board President Michael Sorkin’s All Over the Map “a triumph of enlightened nay-saying and affirmation” in a review at ArchNewsNow; Michael Stepner published a letter in support of the San Diego Symphony’s plan to revamp their entrance and re-engage the street; KERA interviewed Peter Walker about “what makes a landscape a beautiful, pleasing, and functional space”; and work by Hank White is featured in the new book Shore Décor: Design at the Water’s Edge.