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1 Landscape Architecture & Design Post-Sandy: New Paradigms of Resilience November 8, 2015 Jamie Torres Springer, HR&A Advisors, Inc. Cecilia Kushner, AICP, New York City Economic Development Corporation Pippa Brashear, ASLA, SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PLLC Barbara Wilks, FASLA, FAIA, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture

2 Landscape Architecture & Design Post-Sandy: New Paradigms of Resilience How are disaster recovery and resiliency planning influencing landscape architecture and design? New York City community planning cases highlight critical functions landscape architects and designers serve in generating multiple community benefits while reducing climate risk. Processes of innovation, iterative design, and community engagement provide lessons for broader resiliency design applications. Jamie Torres Springer, HR&A Advisors, Inc. Overview of Post-Sandy initiatives Cecilia Kushner, AICP, New York City Economic Development Corporation NYC Department of City Planning initiatives, including Resilient Neighborhoods & Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk Pippa Brashear, ASLA, SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PLLC Living Breakwaters for U.S. HUD Rebuild by Design Competition Barbara Wilks, FASLA, FAIA, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture Commercial Corridor Resiliency for U.S. HUD Rebuild by Design Competition REBUILD BY DESIGN 1

3 Learning Objectives Definitions and fundamental principles related to landscape design and planning interventions for disaster recovery and resiliency. Resilient design interventions benefits, drawbacks, and open questions; techniques for generating resilient landscape design plans; and strategies for combining community programs, facilities, and other benefits with climate risk reduction projects. The importance of strategic stakeholder partnerships and outreach channels, including effective methods of community engagement and lessons learned from discussions with residents, local government entities, and affected businesses. Translation of resiliency projects designed for the NYC metropolitan region to elsewhere in the U.S.; the integral role of designers and landscape architects in these efforts. REBUILD BY DESIGN 2

4 NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency (SIRR): Strategic objectives Multi-layered approach combining protection & preparedness 250+ initiatives Strengthen coastal defenses Complete existing USACE coastal risk-reduction projects Expand protections citywide Protect infrastructure & services Harden critical assets & supply chains Expand natural infrastructure systems Upgrade buildings Amend building code to strengthen new construction Incent investments in existing buildings Increase neighborhood safety & vibrancy Advocate for flood insurance affordability Address underlying social & economic challenges Source: A Stronger, More Resilient New York Courtesy of NYC Department of City Planning REBUILD BY DESIGN 3

5 NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency (SIRR): $60B Coastal Protection Plan + Comprehensive Citywide Systems & Infrastructure Coastal Transportation Community Protection Parks Preparedness Buildings Insurance Utilities Liquid Fuels Healthcare Food Supply Solid Waste Economic Recovery Water & Wastewater Telecommunications & Response Environmental Protection & Remediation Neighborhood-Specific Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront Staten Island East & South Shores South Queens Southern Brooklyn Southern Manhattan REBUILD BY DESIGN 4

6 NYC Department of City Planning: Neighborhood-Scale, Resilient Design in Policy & Practice Translating retrofits and innovative design for flood resilience into zoning regulations and building typologies Resilient Neighborhoods: Strategic zoning changes and infrastructural investments for hyper-local, long-term resiliency Resilient Neighborhoods Phase I REBUILD BY DESIGN 5

7 NYC Zoning & Building Code Post-Sandy January 2013 Executive Order 2013-Ongoing Resiliency Updates to NYC Building Code June 2013 Sustainable Communities Climate Resilience Studies October 2013 Citywide Flood Resilience Text Amendment October 2014 Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk Ongoing Resilient Neighborhood Studies Requires 1-2 of freeboard over FEMA flood elevation Measures building height from Flood Resistant Construction Elevation (FCRE) In some buildings and zoning districts, does not count floor space below FCRE as floor area if that space complies with floodproofing construction standards REBUILD BY DESIGN 6

8 Flood Resilience Text Amendment: Flood Text Remove regulatory barriers that would hinder or prevent reconstruction of storm-damaged properties and encourage flood-resilient building construction throughout flood zones. For existing buildings, allows home and business owners to elevate and reconstruct their homes, including existing legally non-complying and legally non-conforming structures. For new construction, allows measurement of building height from the Flood Resilient Construction Elevation (FRCE) and enhances streetscapes through transparency and other design requirements. FRCE FRCE FRCE FRCE FRCE FRCE New York City s Department of City Planning recognized the potential for modification of these emergency provisions in the future based on lessons learned in the flood zone. Courtesy of NYC Department of City Planning REBUILD BY DESIGN 7

9 HUD Rebuild by Design: Design for Commercial Building Resiliency in Red Hook ~8 million SF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 400,000 SF RETAIL SPACE IN FLOOD RISK 40% BUILDING FOOTPRINT IS COMMERCIAL REBUILD BY DESIGN 8

10 HUD Rebuild by Design: Scaling for Multiple Levels of Defense in Red Hook Innovation through competition and centrality of design to resilience Regional resiliency and comprehensive coastal protection Targeted neighborhood-level design process 01 v PROTECT 02 v CONNECT 03 v INTEGRATE REBUILD BY DESIGN 9

11 HUD Rebuild by Design: Commercial Building-Level Defense in Red Hook Container Freestanding Party-wall Historic Post-industrial Industrial REBUILD BY DESIGN 10

12 HUD Rebuild by Design: Living Breakwaters on Staten Island s Eastern Shore Landscape-scale within different neighborhood contexts Relationship of proposal to SIRR and of Rebuild by Design to larger scaled processes $60-million winning final proposal for Tottenville, Staten Island REBUILD BY DESIGN 11

13 Additional Resources & Further Reading Overview Establishing the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Executive Order, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy Task Force Report, Storm Panel Recommends Major Changes in New York, NY Times, Building for the Next Big Storm: After Hurricane Sandy, New York Rebuilds for the Future, NY Times, Room for Debate: Should New York Build Sea Gates? NY Times, 5 Ideas for Protecting New York From The Next Sandy (Some Of Which Are A Little Nuts), Huffington Post, How prepared is New York City for future superstorms? The question is far from settled, The Guardian, NYC SIRR Overview, A Stronger, More Resilient New York Report, SCAPE project information, HUD Rebuild by Design Competition Protecting the City, Before Next Time, NY Times, A Dutchman s Opinion: Henk Ovink Weighs in on Post-Sandy Proposals, NY Times, Program overview, Commercial Corridor Resiliency Project Team page, Briefing book, Living Breakwaters Team page, Final briefing book, k.pdf SCAPE project information & resources, NY Governor s Office Press Release, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-60-millionliving-breakwaters-barrier-protect-staten-island-shoreline NYC Department of City Planning Citywide Climate Resilience initiatives, Resilient Neighborhoods, Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk, Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment, REBUILD BY DESIGN 12

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