Structures of Coastal Resilience: Designing for Climate Change

Date: November 25, 2014

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Host: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee & ASLA NY

Type: Lecture/Presentation


The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 highlighted the vulnerability of urban coastal areas to the effects of catastrophic storms and climate change. Coastal communities must adapt planning strategies to mitigate the increasing risk posed by these natural hazards.


Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Structures of Coastal Resilience (SCR) brings together a distinguished group of engineers, scientists, architects, landscape architects, and scholars. Four landscape design teams based at City College of New York, Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania have generated in-depth master planning proposals for four distinct sites on the North Atlantic—Norfolk VA, Atlantic City NJ, Jamaica Bay NY, and Narragansett Bay RI. The design proposals have been influenced and informed by the concurrent work of the climate science team based at Princeton University.


This presentation and panel discussion will introduce exciting new methods to predict sea level rise and storm surge inundation risk as well as imaginative design proposals that combine and reinvent landscape and planning strategies including salt marsh expansion, house-lifting, canal building, topographical transformation, and coastal forest restoration.