Public Programs

Post-Sandy Initiative: Building Better, Building Smarter: Opportunities for Design and Development

Visit the Post Sandy Initiative microsite www.postsandyinitiative.org for the latest information.

The Post-Sandy Initiative is structured as the planning and design community’s response to the recent Superstorm. Initiated by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the AIANY’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) in the weeks that followed the storm, and in collaboration with a wide range of other professional organizations and concerned individuals, it has been supported by the participation of a variety of local, regional, state, and national public agency participants. Collaborating organizations include: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC New York), American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (NYASLA), Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC), New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter (APA-NYM), Regional Plan Association (RPA), and Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).

Working Groups were formed to focus on several areas key to resilience: Transportation & Infrastructure, Housing, Critical & Commercial Building, Codes & Zoning, and Waterfront. Over 150 professionals have given their time to these Working Groups to explore important issues about the emergency planning for and response to Sandy, both in terms of short-term recovery efforts and long-term resiliency considerations.

Their contributions form the basis of the Post-Sandy Initiative Report, to be released on May 1, 2013 and the corresponding Future of the City exhibition, on view at the Center for Architecture from May 3 to June 29, 2013.

On May 11 the Center is sponsoring the Future of the City Symposium to explore further the impacts and the response needed to climate change.

The Post-Sandy Initiative has made it clear that we can, and need to, do better in the face of future extreme weather events.

Outside Events & Initiatives

5/29- City University of New York : Superstorm Sandy: Are We Ready for the Next One?
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5/10- City College of New York Spitzer School of Architecture, Municipal Art Society of NY, American Society of Landscape Architects-NY, Institute for Urban Design: Beyond Waterproofing
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4/25 - New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture & Design: Raise or Stay?
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4/25 - Urban Green Council, The Mohawk Group: Ecological Barriers: Holding Sea Levels at Bay
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4/22 - The Cooper Union: The 2013 Mayoral Forum On Sustainability
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4/15 - AIA Brooklyn: Experience the Change as Colgate Explains the Flood Rules!
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4/11-The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College-CUNY, ASHRAE: Don't Miss This Step!-Lessons to Be Learned From Superstorm Sandy
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4/9- Van Alen Institute: Deconstruction/Construction: The Cheonggyecheon River Project in Seoul
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4/9- Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance: 2013 Waterfront Conference- Leadership for Our City of Water: Living with the Water, Not Fighting It.
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3/21 - Urban Green Council, The Mohawk Group: Healthcare During a Crisis: Resiliency Begins with Preparedness
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3/5 - Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration: Business and the City: Rebuilding New York's Infrastructure -- Hurricane Sandy as Inspiration for a "New" New York
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2/21 - National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai'i-Hurriplan
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3/2 - The City College of New York, Spitzer School of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture: Waterproofing New York
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2/12 - Sustainability Practice Network: Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy
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1/28
- Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the New York Landmarks Conservancy:
Superstorm Sandy: Preservation, Prevention, & Progress - A Panel Discussion
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1/22 -
Green Drinks NYC: "Resilient Design: The New Imperative" with Alex Wilson of Resilient Design Institute
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1/19 - Speaker Christine C. Quinn: Help Out in Communities Affected by Hurricane Sandy this MLK Weekend
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1/12 -
Municipal Art Society: "Road to Resilience" Series
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1/15 -
Museum of the City of New York: The Future of Staten Island After Sandy
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1/10
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The Architectural League: The Future of Zone A
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12/19 -
New York Emergency Corps Program Notice

AIA New York and the Center for Architecture Foundation Events & Initiatives

6/26 - NYC Department of City Planning, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee, AIANY Post-Sandy Workgroups: NYC's Proposed Zoning for Flood Resilience
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6/18 - AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee: Designing for Flood Risk
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5/11 - Future of the City Symposium
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5/3 - Future of the City Preview - IDEAS CITY Festival
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4/21- Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, ASLA-NY: New York at Risk: On the Waterfront
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2/26- Buildings and Landscapes Under Water
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2/20- AIA New York State:
Long Island Restoration Design for a Storm-Plagued Region (World)
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2/14 - AIANY-Compiled Hurricane Recovery Resources
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2/13 - NYC's Post-Sandy Recovery: How're We Doin'? (with the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects)
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2/12
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New York After the Storm: Tough Questions (with the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Citizens Budget Commission)
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2/12 -
Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate
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1/22 -
AIANY Building Codes Committee: Construction Standards in Flood Zones and Procedures for Rebuilding After Sandy
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12/22 - AIANY hosted the
training of 45 architects at the Safety Assessment Program through the California Emergency Management Agency here at the Center for Architecture.
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11/15 -
U.S. Inspect, a firm that manages inspections across North America for a variety of clients, has immediate immediate openings for inspectors to assess damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, New York, and Southern Connecticut. Training will be provided in Philadelphia.
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11/14 -
Click here for an update on our post-Sandy fundraiser and recovery efforts.

In addition, Howard Slatkin - Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning; and Donna Walcavage, FASLA, LEED AP - Principal/Vice President, AECOM, have been added to the panel for “
Designing the City after Superstorm Sandy.
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11/13 - This Saturday, 11/17, 6:00pm at the Center for Architecture is our annual
Dean's Roundtable.

Join us to hear the school of architecture Deans discuss current directions in architectural education, specifically the responsibilities of architectural schools in response to local built environment crises. They will also discuss ways that schools can harness their potential for research on these pressing issues in a collaborative way as part of curricula.
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11/8; Updated 11/14 - On Thursday, 11/15, 6:00pm at the Center for Architecture, AIANY and the Center for Architecture Foundation will present “
Designing the City after Superstorm Sandy.”

This fundraiser will feature thoughtful discussion between leaders in disaster resilience design. The Center for Architecture will donate the evening’s proceeds to disaster relief efforts through the
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

Speakers:
Cynthia Barton - Disaster Housing Recovery Plan Manager, NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Stephen Cassell, AIA, LEED AP - Principal, Co-Founder, Architecture Research Office (ARO)
Klaus Jacob - Geophysicist, Urban Environmental Disaster Expert - Columbia University (SIPA, EI/LDEO)
Rob Rogers, FAIA - Principal, Rogers Marvel Architects
Howard Slatkin - Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning
Donna Walcavage, FASLA, LEED AP - Principal/Vice President, AECOM

Moderator
: Michael Kimmelman - Chief Architecture Critic, The New York Times

Organized by: AIA New York and the Center for Architecture Foundation

Supported by: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) and the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Suggested Donation: $10

All contributions will be donated to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City to support Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. The Mayor’s Fund retains no administrative fee, and one hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. Funds will support immediate aid needs – including, food, water and hygiene supplies – as well as long-term relief and restoration.

RSVP

Please visit
http://www.nycservice.org/ for other ways to help.
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11/8 - Read Fred Bernstein's article in
Architectural Record about our ongoing effort.
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11/7 -
Click here for an update statement on training sessions.
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11/7 - "Members helping Members" Initiative
With so many offices damaged by the storm, AIA New York is connecting those who need work space with those who have available desks (contact
listadmin@aiany.org). In addition, staff is now calling the nearly 700 members in affected areas to assess needs.
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11/2 - AIANY and its Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) sent out a call to architects and engineers for help. The call was covered by David Dunlap in the New York Times. Within 12 hours, more than 300 volunteers replied.

Read more about this effort and how to get involved.

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