Video: Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse – Part 1 – 09.29.2017

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There is a clear resurgence of social movements happening throughout New York City and other major metropolitan areas in the United States. This renewed focus on the public realm calls into question how planners and designers can respond and engage with issues related to the civic commons.

The local chapters of the American Planning Association (APA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) are co-hosting a one-day conference to examine this timely subject, explore contemporary issues associated with the civic commons, and discuss ideas for the future of spaces for public discourse. The conference will include viewpoints and information from political change organizations and city management, spatial studies and a moderated town hall.

Video: Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse – Part 2 of 4- 09.29.2017

Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse – Part 2 of 4- 09.29.2017 from Center for Architecture on Vimeo.

There is a clear resurgence of social movements happening throughout New York City and other major metropolitan areas in the United States. This renewed focus on the public realm calls into question how planners and designers can respond and engage with issues related to the civic commons.

The local chapters of the American Planning Association (APA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) are co-hosting a one-day conference to examine this timely subject, explore contemporary issues associated with the civic commons, and discuss ideas for the future of spaces for public discourse. The conference will include viewpoints and information from political change organizations and city management, spatial studies and a moderated town hall.

Video: Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse – Part 4 of 4- 09.29.2017

Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse – Part 4 of 4- 09.29.2017 from Center for Architecture on Vimeo.

There is a clear resurgence of social movements happening throughout New York City and other major metropolitan areas in the United States. This renewed focus on the public realm calls into question how planners and designers can respond and engage with issues related to the civic commons.

The local chapters of the American Planning Association (APA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) are co-hosting a one-day conference to examine this timely subject, explore contemporary issues associated with the civic commons, and discuss ideas for the future of spaces for public discourse. The conference will include viewpoints and information from political change organizations and city management, spatial studies and a moderated town hall.

Video: Climate Change in NYC: Bridging Science and Practice – 06.08.2017

Climate Change in NYC: Bridging Science and Practice – 06.08.2017 from Center for Architecture on Vimeo.

Confronting the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world threatened by climate change requires expanding on the traditional influence and capabilities of architects, landscape architects, and urbanists. Climate science, natural systems, and compact urban forms must be integrated to configure dynamic, desirable, and healthy communities. Global climate challenges are major threats to modern cities, and New York City in particular will be affected in many ways. By 2050, the average temperature in New York is expected to increase by 4.1°F (New York City Panel on Climate Change). This will greatly impact the city’s residents, who will face longer and more frequent heat waves as well as an increase in the number of heat-related deaths. At the same time, sea level is projected to rise by 11 to 24 inches, making coastal floods and storms more violent and inflicting major stress on infrastructure and populations.

The program’s panel members will draw from their contributions to the publication Climate Change and Cities (Cambridge University Press, 2017) by the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), and to the recent publication Climate Resiliency Design Guideline by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency. Case studies and evidence-based factors will be used as tools to assess ways of mitigating the impact of climate change in New York City.

The panel will argue for prioritizing cost-effective planning and design measures that help mitigate emissions while enhancing adaptive benefits. They will show that embedding climate change in planning and urban design delivers co-benefits across multiple sectors and spatial scales. Doing so makes it possible to design people-centered public spaces that enhance energy efficiency, improve public health and quality of life, and create social resiliency.

The point of the panel is to bridge science and urban design practice and to endorse the potential for urban design workshops to conceive climate-embedded prototypes for implementation at the urban district scale.

Speakers:
Susanne Desroches, Deputy Director, Infrastructure Policy, NYC Office for Recovery and Resiliency
Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED BD+C, Principal, RAVEN A+U; Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Urban + Regional Design, New York Institute of Technology

Respondent: Jee Mee Kim, AICP, Principal, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Organized by: AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee and ASLA-NY

Video: Everything Water 1.0: A Precious Element – 02.15.2017

The AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee’s first event of 2017 will launch a series of programs, events, workshops, and exhibits on the theme of water. Placed within the context of climate change, the series will focus on issues surrounding water resources and mitigation at regional, national, and global levels. The series will bring together experts from a wide array of fields to discuss cultural and spiritual concepts, political realities, and visionary solutions.

Everything Water 1.0: A Precious Element provides the introduction and overview to this year-long series of events. Panelists are architects, planners, landscape architects, artists, and ecological innovators who will explore society’s relationship to water as a precious resource, and discuss water conservation, upcycling, resilient water catchment, and envelope solutions.

Speakers:
Josiah Cain, RLA, ASLA, Director of Innovation, Sherwood Design Engineers
Maxi Cohen, Principal, Maxi Cohen Studio
Carly Foster, Senior Resiliency Planner, Arcadis
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture Program, Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York

Moderator: Burck Schellenburg, AIA, Project Manager, Gensler; Co-chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee

Organized by: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee

Video: Leaning Out IV | Women in Landscape Architecture – 11.29.2016

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Video: 2016 ASLA-NY President’s Dinner Award – The Trust for Public Land

2016 ASLA-NY President’s Dinner Award – The Trust for Public Land from ASLA-NY on Vimeo.