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Agenda Announced for Charting the Road to Resilience

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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 partners will 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