Video: Donna Walcavage – 2017 ASLA-NY President’s Award for Design Excellence in the Public Realm

President’s Award for Design Excellence in the Public Realm

Donna Walcavage, RLA, FASLA, LEED AP Principal, Landscape Architect Stantec Inc.

Video Sponsor: Steven Dubner Landscaping Inc.

Video by: Alvah C Holmes

Video: Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse – Part 3 of 4 – 09.29.2017

Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse – Part 3 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 1 – 09.29.2017

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