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Post-Sandy Initiative Report Released

By Cooper Martin, Manager, Community Resilience

Following a multidisciplinary analysis of Superstorm Sandy by New York City’s design community, the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects issued a report detailing options and opportunities for rebuilding efforts and for preparing the city for future storms. The “Post-Sandy Initiative” report, Building Better, Building Smarter: Opportunities for Design and Development, examines the storm’s effects on buildings, neighborhoods and the region and offers short, medium, and long term steps to build back better and smarter.

The Post Sandy Initiative is a collaboration of design and planning professionals that was formed by American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and its Design for Risk and Reconstruction Program Committee (DfRR) in partnership with numerous organizations from the design community. With over 150 professionals contributing to the working groups that formulated the report, the Initiative has gone to great lengths to be inclusive of a broad range of the design, planning and construction industries.

Long before Superstorm Sandy struck the region, the DfRR had worked informally with the New York Department of City Planning to explore the region’s vulnerability to storm surges and rising sea levels, and many of the recommendations echo those that have been made in the past. Now, in the aftermath of the storm, the Post-Sandy Initiative can serve as a starting point to engage the community in a dialogue about resilience for the future and how the efforts can inform a process that works best for everyone.

“Moderating past mistakes through careful planning, becoming more energy independent, and requiring sustainable design and construction practices – will help reverse the vulnerability New York City has inherited from centuries of misguided development,” said AIANY Chapter President Jill Lerner.

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