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Join Us Next Week: Charting the Road to Resilience–From the Ground Up

SandyVoluteerMAS and our partners will host the third event in our Road to Resilience series next week. Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up is a two-day convening, beginning with site visits on Friday, January 11 and continuing with a day-long conference on Saturday, January 12 at the New School. The goal of this free event is to share lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and to cultivate ideas for how to become a more livable and resilient New York.

The event will include a number of visits to storm-damaged communities on Friday, January 11.  Hosted by neighborhood organizations, these site visits will provide an opportunity to see the effects of Sandy and to learn about the actions of people and organizations on the ground. Confirmed site visits include:

  • Staten Island, hosted by Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI)
  • The Rockaway Peninsula, hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
  • Red Hook, hosted by Red Hook Initiative
  • Adapting to Change: Lower East Side Walking Tour hosted by Green Map
  • Hudson River Park; East River Esplanade and South Street Seaport; and Brooklyn Bridge Park all hosted by the Forum for Urban Design

Then, join us on Saturday, January 12, for a day of lively discussion and learning, with plenary sessions and more than twenty hands-on workshops designed to foster an exchange of ideas and enable grassroots networking with a diverse group of stakeholders from across the region.  Included in the day will be plenaries on:

  • The Real Picture, a data briefing of Sandy’s effects led by the NYU Furman Center
  • What’s at Stake and Who is Doing What: The Landscape of Decision Making
  • Community Responses
  • Addressing the Hard Questions

Breakout sessions will focus on a wide range of topics such as environment and infrastructure design, economics, small business recovery & entrepreneurship, unlocking the potential of community capacity, building cultural resilience and much more. Joining us will be representatives from affected neighborhoods across New York City; from the public, private and community sectors; from the urban planning, design and architecture communities; from academia; from community development and cultural sectors; as well as several people engaged in community-based responses to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

The growing number of participants and partners include: 596 Acres, AirBNB, American Society of Landscape Architects, Arts and Democracy, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brooklyn Public Library, Center For Bioregional Living, Center for Social Innovation, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Community Solutions, Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, cultureNOW, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, Eco-Occupy, El Puente, FABnyc, Forum for Urban Design, Furman Center, Gans Studio, Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, Green Map, Hudson Square BID, IDEO, Insight Associates, Institute for Urban Design, ioby, Local Office Landscape, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MAS Urbanists, Material for the Arts, New York Academy of Medicine, New York Restoration Project, NOCD-NY, NY Passive House, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), Occupy Sandy Sustainable Development & Occupy Sandy, PopTech, postgrad fellow from the NYC Office of Emergency Management, Pratt Institute, Queens Public Library, Red Hook Initiative, Respond and Rebuild, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Rogers Marvel Architects, Sandy Storyline Project, Solar One, staff volunteers from various city departments and agencies including planning, cultural affairs, small business, sustainability, students and faculty from NYU, Columbia, Hunter, Pratt, The New School, CUNY, Rutgers, and The New Orleans Institute for Resilience and Innovation, Times Up, Untapped Cities, WXY Architecture and additional AIA and APA members.