Thursday, January 10th: The Future of Zone A: New York Neighborhoods on the Frontline of Climate Change

The Future of Zone A: New York Neighborhoods on the Frontline of Climate Change
Great Hall, Cooper Union, Manhattan
7-9pm
Free, RSVP required: rsvp@archleague.org

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council in collaboration with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design & the Architectural League of New York will convene a public discussion to explore issues and ideas for the future of coastal New York. In the Two Bridges neighborhood, and across the five boroughs, vulnerable, low-income populations housed along a high-risk waterfront makes for a challenging social, planning & design problem.

Is it possible, and on what scale is it practical, to deploy ecologically sound design (and policy) to mitigate adverse climate impacts on waterfront communities?
Given that real estate interests drive the planning of the city, are there “market based” solutions that can be ecologically sound & socially responsible, e.g., not resulting in wholesale displacement of low-income populations?

Panelists with expertise in urban ecology, design, and community planning will present examples of current work and thinking about these issues, followed by a provocative and necessary discussion.

Tom Angotti, Ph.D. Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning; Director of the Center for Community Planning & Development, Hunter College

Susannah C. Drake, AIA, ASLA. Founding Principal, dlandstudio; Senior Associate, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design

Alexander J. Felson, PhD, RLA. Assistant Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies & Yale School of Architecture; Director, Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory

Claire Weisz, AIA. Principal, WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Moderator: Cassim Shepard, Urban Omnibus/Architectural League

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