Sustainable vs Resilient: Conflict, Coexistence and Collaboration – 5.17.16 from Center for Architecture on Vimeo.
The driver of sustainability is vitality and the driver of resilience is disturbance. What then, do we, as design professionals, need to consider or adapt in our design process to incorporate both of these concepts? We believe we must embrace the core principles of holistic design, triple bottom line, lifecycle, and systemic approaches to infrastructure. By that we mean each infrastructure system (water, waste, power, transportation, park, etc.) needs to be designed to be both resilient and sustainable. In this session, panelists will present where we are now, the basis of design, and achieving adaptation through case studies and projects from around the world. The panel will explore conflict, coexistence, and collaboration between various design disciplines and the relationship of sustainability and resilience.
Introduction and Moderator: Donna Walcavage, FASLA, ENV SP, Principal, Landscape Architect, Stantec
Illya Azaroff, AIA, Director of Design, +LAB Architect LLC; Associate Professor, NYCCT
Walter Meyer, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal, Local Office Landscape Architecture
Respondent: Claire Weisz, FAIA, Founding Principal, WXY architecture + urban design
Organized by: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee and ASLA-NY
Aired on Fox News, December 18, 2015
by Sharon Crowley
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – When it rains, a place called Sponge Park in Brooklyn starts to work. Landscape architect Susannah Drake helped design the park. It sits at the end of Second Street along the Gowanus Canal. Basically the water flows down the street and it flows into a sedimentation basin so that grabs all the water.
The Gowanus Canal was dredged centuries ago to move industrial commerce. It is still used today to transport scrap metal. It’s one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States — as a federally designated superfund site. That means federal dollars are being spent to try to clean up the canal.
The park captures rain water flowing down Second Street, filters out waste and toxic materials using plants, soil and gravel.
Drake was a child when President Nixon signed into law the Clean Water Act. That legislation now enables her to do a lot of the work that she believed as a kid. She lives in Brooklyn not too far from Sponge Park.
Scientists from Manhattan College will be checking on the progress of Sponge Park. They’ve stored equipment monitoring equipment under canisters to check after a big storm. This is a pilot project opens officially in the spring. If it is a success sponge parks might pop up in other places along the canal.
Drake knows the park won’t improve the contaminated canal, but she takes pride in knowing this canal isn’t getting worse.
ASLA-NY is so pleased to present this preview to a slightly longer film to commemorate our 100th Anniversary!
The intention for the film was to highlight historical events and persons that helped shape landscape architecture in NYC in the last 100 years, key accomplishments of our chapter and members and discuss what the future holds for our profession. This video was first shown at our President’s Dinner Gala on November 6, 2014. For more on our President’s Dinner click here
Videography: AD Lubow, LLC
Jennifer Nitzky, ASLA, Co-Chair
Stephen Koren, ASLA, Co-Chair
Kathleen Cholewka, ASLA
Adrian Smith, ASLA
Frank Varro, ASLA
Joe Disponzio, ASLA
Elena Brescia, ASLA
Joseph Disponzio, ASLA
M Paul Friedberg, FASLA
Ed Hollander, FASLA
Signe Nielsen, FASLA
Christopher Nolan, FASLA
Nicholas Quennell, FASLA
Laura Starr, ASLA
Donna Walcavage, FASLA
Annette Wilkus, FASLA
The Central Park Conservancy
The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA
SCAPE Landscape Architecture PLLC
Siteworks Landscape Architecture
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC
The Trust for Public Land
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