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Fri 06.10.2011

Rising Water and the City: A New Design Challenge?

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs

When: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Where: At The Center   

The debate ‘Rising water and the city: a new design challenge?’ marks the opening of the exhibition Swimming to Manhattan with proposals of students of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture for the Upper Bay of Manhattan.

City and water are intensely connected everywhere in the world. Engineers, architects, planners and landscape architects will have to work together in order to create new cities on the water as well as new forms of water in the city. What new opportunities will the rising waters offer? Designers, architects and planners have to work together to identify new challenges and opportunities.

How does the new boundary between water and city take shape? What are the potentials of water as an urban fabric? Students and professors will address these questions of the new design challenge, as well as how design education and architecture schools can respond to and address these new challenges. They will also address the value of international collaboration.

12:00-1:00pm Presentation of design projects from six schools

1:00-2:30pm Panel with teachers and students in three rounds:
1. The new design challenge.
2. Didactic models.
3. International cooperation and exchange.

2:30-3:00pm Reception

Panel Speakers:
Brian McGrath, Professor and Research Chair in Urban Design, Parsons, The New School
Sandro Marpillero, FAIA, Associate Professor in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University
Rogier van de Berg, Head of Urbanism, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture
Paul Roncken, Bachelor Coördinator and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University
Kevin Benham, Head of the School of Landscape Architecture, Boston Architectural College
Chris van Langen, Head of School, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA Distinguished Professor Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture The City College of New York, CUNY 2007 AIA/ACSATopaz Laureate
Aart Oxenaar, Director Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

Organized by the Center for Architecture, ARCAM, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Urban Progress and the AIA New York Chapter Design for Risk Committee.
Cost: free

EXHIBITION Swimming to Manhattan
On view June 8th – July 9th
Center for Architecture, Common Room
536 LaGuardia Place, NYC 10012

In collaboration with GLIMPSES of New York and Amsterdam in 2040, an exchange program between ARCAM in Amsterdam and the Center for Architecture in New York.

We are grateful to the following sponsors for their significant contributions to the exhibition:


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