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Designing for Flood Risk

June 18, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden, Hon. AIA New York will introduce a new report that will help New York City and other urban waterfront communities to improve their resilience to coastal flood risks and promote livable, sustainable neighborhoods.

Designing for Flood Risk identifies key principles to guide the design of new buildings in flood zones to promote construction that can not only withstand coastal flood events, but also supports the vibrancy of the urban public realm. Recognizing the distinct character and needs of higher-density urban environments, the report provides recommendations for how regulations and individual project design can incorporate these principles.

The analysis and collaboration with the design community conducted as part of Designing for Flood Risk also strongly shaped the Department’s proposed Flood Resilience Text Amendment, which would enable buildings to be constructed and retrofitted for flood resilience based on the latest flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), while mitigating the potential negative effects of elevated buildings on ground-floor activity and quality of the streetscape. This proposal began the public land use review process on May 20, 2013.

Amanda M. Burden, FAICP, Hon. AIA, Chair, City Planning Commission
Thaddeus Pawlowski, Urban Designer at NYC Department of City Planning and Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee
Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA, Founding Principal, Archi-Tectonics NY
Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, Co-Founding Principal, Architecture Research Office
Howard Slatkin, New York City Department of Planning

Price: Free for memebers; $10 for non-members


June 18, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, 10012 United States
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(212) 683-0023


AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee
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