Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Walking Tour

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • New York’s resiliency goals in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as outlined in the 2015 vision-setting report, "One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just New City"

  • Core concepts of the "Big U"—a visionary conceptual plan designed to fortify Lower Manhattan against climate change-related flooding by integrating physical flood protection with social infrastructure

  • The challenges and opportunities associated with integrating flood protection in dense urban areas

  • The comprehensive community engagement program that has helped the city cement its relationship with some of its most vulnerable communities

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York with unprecedented force and radically altered our local understanding of the threats of climate change and sea-level rise. Through the Rebuild by Design competition, the city and federal government challenged the design community to develop innovative approaches to protect the shoreline and its inhabitants from future climate change-related inundation. In Manhattan, the winning entry was the "Big U," a visionary conceptual proposal that wraps the coast of Manhattan from W 54th Street to E 40th Street in a ribbon of protective landscapes that defend neighborhoods from storms and sea-level rise while providing tailored cultural, recreational, and socioeconomic benefits. 

This walking tour will begin at the Battery, where representatives of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency will introduce the city’s resiliency goals in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as outlined in the vision-setting report, "One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just New City." Heading north along the East River, you will hear members of the Big U team point out key aspects of the proposal as the group travels through three waterfront communities. The tour will culminate with an overview of the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project, the first compartment of the Big U to be implemented with a $335 million award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

Speakers

Stephen Whitehouse , AICP , Starr Whitehouse PLLC , New York , NY (see bio)
Laura Starr , Starr Whitehouse , New York , NY
Elise Baudon , AICP , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)
Carrie Grassi , NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency , New York , NY (see bio)
Matthijs Bouw , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)