Susannah Drake, “Resilient Urban Environments”
from SVA MA Design Research February 21, 2013
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the topics of sea level rise and storm surge have never been so relevant. Susannah Drake, the Principal of dlandstudio, will discuss how landscape architecture and good environmental design can create new infrastructure systems that will result in more resilient cities and improved biodiversity. Drake will also argue how data visualization can improve understanding about the financial incentives of good environmental design, and help untangle the bureaucratic web surrounding complex jurisdictional environments. Susannah C. Drake is the Principal of dlandstudio, an award winning multidisciplinary design firm whose recent public projects include “A New Urban Ground,” designed in collaboration with Architectural Research Office for the Museum of Modern Art’s “Rising Currents Exhibit,” and the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, a public open space system designed to absorb and remediate urban storm water. Drake is the recipient of numerous grants for her research on campus landscapes and large scale urban infrastructure projects. She is the former President and Trustee of The New York ASLA, a Trustee of the Van Alen Institute and a visiting studio professor at Syracuse, the Cooper Union, and Harvard University GSD. She is the author of “Elastic Landscape: Seeding Ecology in Public Space & Urban Infrastructure,” included in the collection of essays entitled Infrastruktururbanismus, published by DOM publishers Berlin in 2011.