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Post-Sandy Initiative | Notes of Interest

The Post-Sandy Initiative, spearheaded by AIA New York’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), is a collaborative effort of many disciplines working toward the advancement of resilient architecture and urban design in New York City’s waterfront communities. The initiative brought together a variety of organizations to not only share and compile best practices but to further the conversation about resiliency, sustainability, and the role and responsibility of design and architecture.

Before the storm, the DfRR and the city’s Department of City Planning had collaborated to engage design professionals from a number of disciplines to find innovative approaches to flood-resistant design in a dense urban environment. Immediately following Sandy, AIANY sprang into action to provide support complementing the public-sector response to the storm, bringing professional expertise and resources to aid in disaster response and convening a broad dialog in the design community to grapple with the short- and long-term effects of recovery and rebuilding. Partner organizations included the New York chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, and the Structural Engineers Association, as well as the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and the New York State Association for Affordable Housing.

The results of this effort were broad and far-reaching. The expertise provided by AIANY and others enabled city agencies to respond more quickly and precisely by swiftly enacting emergency changes to zoning and other construction regulations. AIANY’s efforts also raised awareness of the critical issues that government, professionals, and citizens must address in making coastal neighborhoods more resilient to flooding and other climate risks.

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2014 Collaborative Achievement Jury

  • William Bates, AIA, Chair
  • Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
  • Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • Amanda Palasik, Assoc. AIA
  • GWWO, Inc.
  • Baltimore
  • Rona Rothenberg, FAIA
  • Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Alameda, California
  • Benjamin Vargas, FAIA
  • Bartizan Group Architects & Project Managers, PSC
  • Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • Jennifer Workman, AIA
  • Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc.
  • Dallas

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