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January 9th, 2013, 9:26 am
Online registration is now CLOSED. On-site registration is available starting at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 12 at The New School, 66 W. 12th Street or watch live here.
On Saturday, January 12, MAS is convening, 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
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