Coastal Climate Resilience: Strategies & Scenarios for Urban Waterfronts

What are strategies to make urban waterfronts more resilient to increasing coastal hazards?
What is New York City pursuing in its plan for recovery and resilience?
How can communities throughout the region use scenario planning to evaluate approaches?

Join us for the first public presentation of the results of a year-long study, Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies: Coastal Climate Resilience, by the New York City Department of City Planning funded through a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. This guide to potential strategies for increasing the resilience of urban communities to coastal flooding and sea level rise was already underway when Hurricane Sandy arrived. We will hear about Mayor Bloomberg’s plan, A Stronger, More Resilient New York, and how the Special Initiative on Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) built off Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies to develop a multi-layered plan to protect the city from coastal storms and climate change. Since then the New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Coalition, under the direction of the Regional Plan Association, has also explored how to use scenario planning to analyze strategies in the larger region.

Sponsors: NY Metro Chapter, American Planning Association (APA)
Regional Planning Association (RPA)

Speakers: Mary Kimball, AICP, Project Manager, Urban Waterfront Adaptive
Strategies, New York City Department of City Planning, Waterfront
and Open Space Planning
Michael L. Marrella, AICP, Director, Waterfront and Open Space Planning,
New York City Department of City Planning
Robert J. Pirani, AICP, Vice President for Environmental and Energy
Programs, Regional Plan Association
Daniel Zarrilli, Director of Resilience, Mayor’s Office of Long Term
Sustainability and Planning, City of New York

Moderator: Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, APA, President, Nautilus International
Development Consulting, Inc. and NY Metro Chapter APA
representative on the Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies
Advisory Group


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    06:00 pm

  • Where: 

    Hudson River Park, Pier 40, Main Entrance
    West Street between Houston & Clarkson Streets
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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