Improving Partnerships for Resilient Waterfronts
You'll learn about:
- Structural barriers preventing public entities and private developers from working together more closely on waterfront projects
- Project examples that have successfully integrated public and private partnerships into the planning process, including lessons learned that can be applied elsewhere
- New tools, methodologies, and processes that inform a more collaborative design and planning process, and what they could mean for projects in the future
Waterfronts around the country are undergoing rigorous redevelopment, with driving factors including the rise of urban technology companies, increasing numbers of Millennials rediscovering urban living, and the continuing retreat of modern maritime industry to larger and more remote container ports.
With so many projects underway, public entities are struggling to catch up with the private investment. Reinvestment can bring improved public waterfront access, climate change resilience, and economic benefits to working class neighborhoods. But the pace of development, and the timeframe of private equity, rarely waits for slow-moving public investments in infrastructure. As a result, projects are designed independently rather than interdependently, resulting in a lack of influence at the scale needed to solve pressing challenges such as urban transportation, housing affordability, and the threat of rising sea levels.
Listen in as experts from the public and private sectors highlight current waterfront development projects from around the country—including those in Red Hook, The Navy Yard, and East Boston—and learn how forward-thinking public agencies and private developers can better leverage their complementary interests and goals. Subjects include resiliency, zoning, fluidity of public funding, communication, and inclusivity.
Confirmed SpeakerThaddeus Pawlowski is an urban designer working at the forefront of adapting cities to climate change. Working in New York City government since the early 2000s, he has sought to integrate adaptation and resilience into both disaster recovery and the long term development patterns of the city through the design of projects, policies and programs. He has a Masters in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, was a 2015 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, a 2016 Fellow at the Institute for Pubic Architecture, is an adjunct assistant professor of Urban Design at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Confirmed SpeakerAlan is an urban designer and architect with over 25 years of experience as a project manager for planning and urban design projects around the world. He has managed diverse teams of professionals in architecture, landscape architecture, real estate economics, transportation planning, and environmental engineering--having successfully reached consensus on design and planning issues, expediting approval processes, and gaining community support for both large- and small-scale projects. With a particular interest in community planning and historic preservation, Alan has directed dozens of waterfront planning projects, including the Anacostia Waterfront Framework Plan in Washington, DC., recipient of an AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design; and the redeveloped Shanghai Bund, winner of the MIPIM Asia Gold Award for Best Urban Regeneration Project. Alan is a regular instructor at the Harvard Design School and teaches on design guidelines for urban design and planning, and waterfront development.
Confirmed SpeakerAlex Washburn is the Industry Professor of Design and Founding Director of the Coastal Resilience and Urban Xcellence (CRUX) lab at the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he combines hydrodynamics, urban design and complex computational modeling to make coastal neighborhoods resilient while improving their citizens' quality of life. He is also the author of The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience and recipient of the 2013 Public Architect Award, AIA New York Chapter. Alex was formerly the Chief Urban Designer of the City of New York, Department of City Planning. An architect who has worked both in the private and public sector, he served as Environment and Public Works Advisor to US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then as President of the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation. Later he became a partner of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture LLC, where he won national awards in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture before joining the Bloomberg Administration in 2007.
, Massachusetts Port Authority