Improving Partnerships for Resilient Waterfronts

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
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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. 



Thaddeus Pawlowski , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)
Alan Mountjoy , Brookline , MA (see bio)
Alex Washburn , Hoboken , NJ (see bio)
Robbin Peach , Massachusetts Port Authority