Post-Superstorm: Planning and Design After Sandy


New York City has been defined by its 520 miles of coastline or the 'Sixth Borough'.  Originally used for industry, the City has been in the process of revitalizing its waterfront and transforming it from industrial uses into more recreational and residential uses and recently completed a new waterfront plan.  At the same time, the city is coming to terms with recovering from the impacts of the superstorm and its unprecedented storm surge, while planning for a rising sea level.  What are the conflicting priorities and challenges facing the city and how are they being addressed in real time by the multitude of city leaders, urban planners, design professionals and design organizations?  This panel will look at what is happening in New York City and emerging approaches to increase community resilience on the coast.  

Moderated by Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Co-coordinator of the Advanced Studies Program in Risk and Resilience.

Abby Suckle, FAIA LEED AP, practiced architecture with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer, Sert Jackson Associates, and SITE after graduating from Harvard GSD. She has continued that collaboration as a consultant on several buildings, including Harvard’s CGIS. At Abby Suckle Architect, her work ranges from residential to institutional, including the Harvard Club of New York and the Boardman Residence, which won multiple awards. As President of the nonprofit cultureNOW, she designed and distributed 650,000 cultural and historical maps of New York. She currently leads the "Museum Without Walls" project to create an acoustiguideto the environment. Smartphone apps developed as part of this project won a prize at the NYC Big Apps 2.0 and the AIA National 2012 Collaborative Achievement Award. She has curated two exhibitions: Mapping the Cityscape in 2011 in New York and From Maps to Apps at the BSA Space. Her articles have appeared in theArchitects' Newspaper; her book "By Their Own Design," published with the Whitney Library of Design, was based on a student lecture series she coordinated at the GSD. Ms. Suckle is the recipient of the 2009 AIA New York State Fellows Award and the 2012 AIA New York State Presidents Award.

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