Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Upcoming DfRR Earth Day Event

New York at Risk:  On The Waterfront

SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM  RSVP

At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
Organized by AIA NY's Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) & co-sponsored by The New York American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

We’ve got 600 miles of coastline, water underground, water rushing at us from upstream, tidal currents rushing in from all around. We have one of the world’s largest natural harbors, from which an amazing port city grew. Even without a changing climate, we would have waterfront problems and just as many conflicting demands on our shores.
On Earth Day Sunday, a panel of design professionals will – no: must – consider current and future imperatives for our city’s bountiful but, in recent years, destructive waterfront.
The panel will address:
  • What is New York City’s hydrological cycle? How does climate change affect it?
  • What is at stake and what is at risk?
  • What constitutes good long-range policy for water on, above, below, and beyond the city’s surface?
  • What are the most interesting water-related ideas, proposals, and projects for the 5 boroughs, the city, and the region? Water’s edge, inland, and upland? Beach to wetland to building block?
All of DfRR’s programs address planning and design through the lens of what is at risk for New York City, how to avoid major episodes, and how to rebuild better after them. The committee presents experts and strategies to consider how the City’s form and buildings affect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.

Welcome and Introduction 
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, Co-Chair, Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee
Illya Azaroff, AIA, Co-Chair, Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee

James Russell, FAIA, Architecture Critic, Bloomberg News

Jennifer Bolstad, Founder, Local Office Landscape Architecture 
Walter Meyer, Founders, Local Office Landscape Architecture
Bonnie Harken, AIA, President, Nautilus International
Anthony Romeo, AIA, Program Director of Park Programs, NYC Dept. of Design & Construction
Claire Weisz, FAIA, Founder, wxy architecture + urban design

3pm - 5pm Panel Presentation & Discussion
5pm - 5:30pm Reception

Price:  Free for AIA/ASLA Members and students;  $10 for non-memebers
AIA CES: 1.5 LU   1.5 HSW

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Announcing FEMA Coastal Construction Courses - April 15, 16, & 17 in Piscataway, NJ

FEMA Building Science and the FEMA New Jersey Joint Field Office are pleased to announce four upcoming course offerings for engineers, architects, code officials, and building inspectors from New Jersey and New York.

When and What: 

April 15, 2013, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (full-day course): Introduction to Coastal Foundation Design and Construction for Design Professionals 
April 16, 2013, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon (half-day course): Introduction to Coastal Foundation Design and Construction for Design Professionals 
April 16, 2013, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (half-day course): FEMA Best Practices for Flood and Wind Mitigation 
April 17, 2013, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (full-day course): FEMA Best Practices for Flood and Wind Mitigation 

Rutger’s CAIT Auditorium 
100 Brett Road 
Piscataway, NJ 08854 

Cost: $10 per person per session 

Credits: 3 NJ engineering PDHs for Half Day Session; 6 NJ engineering PDHs for Full Day Session. Certificates will also be provided for architects, code officials and building inspectors enabling them to coordinate credits within their own professions. 

RSVP: Register online and find more details at http://cait.rutgers.edu/cait/fema-wind/flood-hazard-course 

For additional questions, contact Bethany Allinder at bethall@rci.rutgers.edu 

For more FEMA Building Science resources related to Hurricane Sandy, visithttp://www.fema.gov/building-science/hurricane-sandy-building-science-activities-resources

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Upcoming Event: Comprehensive Coastal Communities 3C competition launch

The student group ORLI Operation Resilient Long Island will host the event Raise or Stay: The Road forward Post Sandy on April 25 2013, at 6:30pm at Steelcase NY, 4 Columbus Circle. The event will showcase student led post sandy initiatives from Pratt, New Jersey Institute of Technology and New York Institute of Technology. Speakers from NYC, New Jersey, and The American Institute of Architects New York will speak on how their local communities and organizations are dealing with Sandy. The event intends to bring together groups in the spirit of regional collaboration. A food and wine reception will follow the event and AIA CES credit will be provided.

The 3C competition calls for ideas for local communities dealing with raising buildings and their impact on the character of the community. Submissions must define the character of their selected neighborhood, design a housing typology, and develop a vision plan for the neighborhood. Proposals should strongly consider context and how their proposals will preserve and enhance the character of the local neighborhood.  Ideas from the competition will be translated into zoning proposals for specific municipalities after the competition.

The competition brief is available online and registration is open until June 30. There is no entry fee and registrants will receive a $20 gift card. Selected submissions will be featured in a publication and traveling exhibition. A jury will select award winners, which will be announced at the 3C Symposium October 10 in New York City.

Please RSVP by 4/18 at http://www.3ccompetition.org/steelcase-425.html
For more information visit www.3ccompetition.org
Email Alex at operationlongisland@gmail.com for more info.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Upcoming DfRR Committee Meeting

April 10, 2013 Wednesday @ 6pm
DfRR Committee Meeting @ The Center for Architecture
536 Laguardia Place     New York, NY

Friday, April 5, 2013

Upcoming Event: NYC Mayoral Forum on Sustainability

The NY League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design welcome you to find out where the candidates running for NYC mayor stand on critical issues like parks, clean air, stormwater management, traffic congestion and climate change.

When: Monday, April 22, 2013     6 PM - 8 PM

Where: The Great Hall, Cooper Union
               The Foundation Building
               7 East 7th Street (btw 3rd & 4th Ave.)
               New York, NY  10003
For more information, including registration, click here.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

"Sandy's Watery Wake-up Call"

Check out the new Spring issue of Oculus featuring the article "Sandy's Watery Wake-up Call", written by DfRR co-chairs, Lance Jay Brown FAIA & Illya Azaroff AIA.  The article discusses and explores steps that must be taken to prevent future loss and devastation.
For the full article, click HERE.

Upcoming "Post Sandy" Conferences

"Don't Miss This Step!"  Lessons to Be Learned From Superstorm Sandy Conference
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Presented by The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute and ASHRAE, this conference will feature several of this country’s most well respected experts on disaster recovery and remediation.

Click Here for more info.

2013 Waterfront Conference: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

MWA Waterfront Conference have played a proud role in fostering progressive new plans and initiatives for our harbor.  The 2013 Waterfront Conference will focus on the critical opportunities for coastal flooding and climate change resiliency and the transformation of the waterfront that is occurring and must be utilized in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Click here for more info.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fears of lawsuits held back Sandy help

The following excerpt is from a recent article featured in Crain's New York, where Architects say state's tough tort laws are barrier to free advice after a disaster hits.

"We had 400 people turn out, all ready to go, but in the end nobody here wanted to expose them to what could have been considerable litigation—thousands, and even sometimes millions of dollars," said Lance Jay Brown, co-chair of AIA New York City's Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, which put out the call to arms.

For the complete article, click here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Upcoming DfRR Committee Meeting

March 13, 2013  Wednesday @ 6pm
DfRR Committee Meeting @ The Center for Architecture
536 Laguardia Place     New York, NY