The Municipal Arts Society of NYC Presents: The Road to Resilience – Envisioning a New Sustainable New York City

The Road to Resilience


Charting the Road to Resilience

Sandy Street

On Saturday, January 12, MAS held a conference, The Road to Resilience, with more than eighty partners, a free, day-long, community-rich program to look at the challenges – and opportunities – of building a more resilient New York City from the ground up.

Hosted at The New School, the day includes plenary discussions to give us the hard facts about the impacts of the storm commonly known as Superstorm Sandy, and then twenty working sessions pulled together by our partnerswill cover every aspect of the recovery picture. What worked well, what were the challenges, are there particular lessons to be learned, and what are the principles to guide us in the recovery and rebuilding process?

Preceding the sessions on Saturday will be a number of site visits on Friday into neighborhoods that were affected directly by the storm, hosted by organizations working to support the recovery.

Over the last year, MAS has convened extensively on the components of urban resilience, as part of our ongoing advocacy efforts to ensure a livable city. Resilience is a concept commonly used by the science and environmental communities to describe the capacity of an ecosystem to absorb disturbance and shock. However, resilience has proliferated into many fields, as seen as a necessary attribute for local neighborhoods, economies, social systems, infrastructures, and cultural communities.

New York’s challenges to build resilience are shared by many cities around the world, and MAS has initiated an international network of practice to connect other civil society-led efforts, so that we can learn from each other. The lessons from Sandy, and any principles we can glean from the myriad of stories and exchanges that will be shared on Friday and Saturday, will not only help inform New Yorkers as we make the critical decisions that lay ahead, but will also benefit our global city colleagues, faced with similar challenges.

Please join us for this remarkable day of witnessing the role of community-based innovation in resilience-making, with leaders from across the city and from every sector, for Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up.

See below the full agenda for the program. (Please note: Participants and sessions are subject to change.)

Site Visits: Friday, January 11, 2013

Visit 1  Staten Island, hosted by Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI)
Visit 2  The Rockaway Peninsula, hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance & Walter Meyer, Local Office Landscape
Visit 3  Red Hook, hosted by Red Hook Initiative
Visit 4  Adapting to Change: Lower East Side Walking Tour hosted by Green Map
Visit 5  Hudson River Park hosted by the Forum for Urban Design
Visit 6  East River Esplanade & South Street Seaport hosted by the Forum for Urban Design
Visit 7  Brooklyn Bridge Park hosted by the Forum for Urban Design
Visit 8  NYCHA Coney Island Properties hosted by Marguerite Mann, Brooklyn Property Management Director

Charting the Road to Resilience, Convening: Saturday January 12, 2013

8:30 AM  Check-in

8:55 AM  Opening Remarks
Vin Cipolla, the Municipal Art Society

David Van Zandt, The New School

9:05 AM  The Real Picture – Data Briefing
Max Weselcouch, NYU Furman Center
Abby Suckle, CultureNOW
Illya Azaroff, Design +LAB

9:35 AM  What’s at Stake?
Klaus Jacob, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
William Fritz, College of Staten Island
Nancy Kete, The Rockefeller Foundation
Jamie Rubin, Federal Hurricane Sandy Task Force

10:30 AM  Community Responses & Ongoing Challenges
Marilyn Gelber, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Andy Smith, Occupy Sandy/Respond & Rebuild
Kathryn Mallon, NYC Rapid Repairs & Department of Environmental Protection

11:15 AM  Working Groups A
Concurrent working sessions: what worked, what didn’t, principles for going forward?

12:30 PM  Lunch 

1:00 PM  Working Groups B
A repeat of the 11:15 AM working groups

2:15 PM  Addressing the Hard Questions: what’s at stake
James Russell, Bloomberg News
Eddie Bautista, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Ron Shiffman, Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development
Mindy Fullilove, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Joel Towers, Parsons The New School for Design
Pat Simon, Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation

3:15 PM  Principles for Moving Forward, Working Groups Report, The Sandy Principles
Mary Rowe, Municipal Art Society
Andrew Zolli, POPtech

3:45 PM  Conclusion

Break-Outs: Saturday January 12, 2013

Topic Resource people 
Economy, Small Business Recovery & Entrepreneurship Jonathan Gouveia, NYCEDC; Micah Kotch, Incubator Initiatives NYU-Poly; Robin Barnes, Greater New Orleans, Inc.; Noah Bernamoff, Mile End Deli
Environment and Infrastructure Design Andrew Faust, Center for Bioregional Living; David Waggonner, Waggonner & Ball Architects; Ellen Baer, Hudson Square BID; Jeanne Dupont, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA); Marc Matsil, The Trust for Public Land; Walter Meyer and Jennifer Bolstad, Local Office Landscape
Resilience Planning Process Catherine Hughes, Manhattan Community Board 1; Christine Gasper, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP); Eddie Bautista, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYCEJA); Raju Mann, Municipal Art Society; Ron Shiffman, Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development
Zoning & Regulatory Implications Deborah Gans, Gans Studio; Ethel Sheffer, Insight Associates; John Shapiro, Center for Planning and the Environment, Pratt Institute; Judd Schechtman, Graduate Fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning; Mark Ginsberg, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP; Michael Levine, Manhattan Community Board 1
Neighborhood Preservation Diane Kaese, Kaese & Lynch Architecture and Engineering LLP; Jessica F. Vasquez, Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of NYS, Inc.; Jonathan Marvel, Rogers Marvel Architects; Ned Kaufman, Ned Kaufman Ph. D.; Peg Breen, The New York Landmarks Conversancy; Ronda Wist, Municipal Art Society
The Most Vulnerable: Public Housing, Aging, & Displaced Populations Ana Garcia, NY Academy of Medicine; Jeanette Toomer, Good Old Lower East Side; Mindy Fullilove, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health; Rosanne Haggerty, Community Solutions; Wally Bazemore, Red Hook Houses resident
Communications, Social Media & Data Alley Lyles, Untapped Cities & Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Digital office; Laine Kaplan-Levenson, Land Of Opportunity; Michelle Young, Untapped Cities; Rachel Falcone, Sandy Storyline Project; Paula Segal, 596 Acres
Parks, Playgrounds & Public Spaces Chris Vanterpool, NY Restoration Projec; tKaja Kühl & Lee Altman, The Design Trust; Jordan Smith, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; Nette Compton, ASLA-NY
Long-Term Sustainability & Green Design Denisha Williams, ASLA-NY; Joel Towers, Parsons The New School for Design; Ken Levenson, NY Passive House; Max Joel & Sara Jayanthi, Solar One; Nancy Aber Goshow, GoshowArchitects; Winnie Wong & Sarah Ashley Baxendell, Occupy Sandy/Sustainable Sandy
Building Cultural Resilience Carol Bebelle, Ashé NOLA; Caron Atlas, Arts & Democracy Project; Melanie Franklin Cohn, Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI); Melissa Levin, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Michael Premo, Occupy Sandy; Tamara Greenfield, Fourth Arts Block
Community Mapping & Importance of Data & Information Abby Suckle, CultureNow; Emily Sprague, Architecture for Humanity; Jessie Braden, GIS Lab for Community Access, Pratt; Juan Camilo Osorio, NYC-EJA Policy Analyst & Pratt Center for Planning
On the Ground Troubleshooting: Homeowner & Resident Recovery Programs  Andy Smith, Respond and Rebuild/Occupy Sandy; Denise Thornton & Tina Marquardt, Beacon of Hope; James McCullar, James McCullar Architecture, PC; Pat Simon, Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation; TBD, Board Member from Red Hook Tenant Association
Unlocking the Potential of Community Capacity  Cassie Flynn, ioby; Damien Crisp, Occupy Sandy; Keegan Stephen, Anna Larson & Madison Sheffield, Times Up; Molly Turner, AirBNB; Wendy Brawer, Green Map System
Beyond Recovery: Take-Aways for the Long Term Carl Skelton, Gotham Innovation Greenhouse; David Maddox, The Nature of Cities & Sound Science LLC; Jee Won Kim, Jee Won Kim Architects; Klaus Jacob, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University; Maria Aiolova, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University; Norman Jacknis, Cisco System Internet Business Solutions Group; Susannah Drake, dlandstudio
The Response of Churches, Schools & Libraries Bridget Quinn-Carey, Queens Library; Justin Wedes, Occupy Sandy; Naila Caicedo-Rosado, Brooklyn Public Library; Rev. Cheryl Anthony, JUDAH International Christian Center, Inc. (JUDAH);
Waterproofing New York Anne Guiney, Institute for Urban Design; Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, The City College of New York & Catherine Seavitt Studio; Denise Hoffman, The City College of New York & Hoffman Brandt Projects LLC

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