ORLI was recently invited to attend two very important post-Sandy Symposiums over the past few weeks. They were both very successful and brought together professionals in and out of the field of architecture to get some new views on city resilience and regional comprehensive planning to mitigate weather-related disasters. The DfRR (Design for Risk and Reconstruction committee - AIA NY) also had a presence at both events. Photos from both are below.
As ORLI begins the next phase with the 3C Competition, a few things to keep in mind:
We have our submission deadline July 25, 2013 and after that the jury process will commence.
Shortly after, a public choice campaign will commence to select a public choice winner.
Our exhibition opening is October 3, 2012 and will end October 17, 2013. Our "Resilient Visions: Hurricane Sandy One Year Later" Symposium and final jury selection of winners event will take place October 10, 2013 (10-10-13). We are very excited to host many winners from around the world and esteemed professionals as part of our global network.
Stay tuned here for more updates soon.
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Our submission page is now up and running on our website! Please see the link below.
Please know that submission deadline for the 3C Competition is on July 25, 2013.
Please note that for every individual to simply REGISTER for the competition (using only the primary contact email name) will receive a $20 Inventables.com gift card as previously stated in the competition brief. However for all individuals and teams who SUBMIT their proposals for the competition, every member (instead of just the primary contact) of that team will receive a $20 Inventables.com gift card. So, keep those proposals coming!
Also, below is the competition board template for all to use. It is a simple text box indicating where important information for judging should appear on your competition board. It will also be sent to all registrants via email after June 30, 2013.
If anyone has any questions about submission, please email co-chair Dan Horn at -->
We would love for you to join us at our event Raise or Stay: The Road Forward Post Sandy where we will have student presentation from Pratt, NJIT and NYIT all speaking about their student lead events. Illya from AIA will also speak and we hope the event will be an opportunity to share information and foster a spirit of regional collaboration between schools and organizations.
RSVP here --> http://www.3ccompetition.org/steelcase-425.html
The student group ORLI Operation Resilient Long Island will host the Raise or Stay: The Road Forward Post Sandy, event on April 25 2013, at 6:30pm at Steelcase NY, 4 Columbus Circle. The event will showcase student lead post sandy initiatives from Pratt, New Jersey Institute of Technology and New York Institute of Technology. Speakers from NYC, New Jersey and American Institute of Architects New York will speak on how their local communities and organizations are dealing with Sandy. The event intends to bring together groups in the spirit of regional collaboration. A food and wine reception will follow the event and AIA CES credit will be provided.
This week was very exciting for the ORLI team. Our twitter account, where we post general updates and share similar Sandy rebuilding efforts, was featured in this past Thursday's Newsday as "One to Watch on Twitter." You can read more about it here.
Alex and myself also went to the Architectural League of New York lecture series "Emerging Voices" in NYC featuring dlandstudio and MASS Design Group. Susannah Drake from dlandstudio spoke about some of her recent projects that focus on resilience, green space, and the overall neighborhoods focused in Brooklyn and Queens. She also spoke about her project for the Rising Current Exhibition from a few years back.
We are also preparing for the competition launch which will be next Monday, March 25. Much work still needs to be done until then, so we will all be spending out spring breaks working diligently. Another big event that it upcoming is the AIAS Northeast QUAD conference, where we will be presenting ORLI and the 3C competition to gauge students interest in entering. Look for another post later in the week!
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the CCNY Waterproofing NYC symposium. Speakers and panelists assembled in a rigorous 8 hour format broken up into five topics to discuss ideas and interconnections between strategies to best develop a plan for NYC to both respond to Sandy and develop a long term resilience strategy. Each topic, two speakers made 15 minute presentations then were joined by other panelists for a 30 minute panel discussion.
Big ideas and long term strategies were discussed. Most poignant and relevant to our efforts to ORLI and the 3C Competition the topic of community planning and resilience was brought up multiple times. Deborah Gans of Pratt Institute offered a question to the Shelter Panel posing if the scale of the individual home was enough to deal with flooding, a general consensus was in this case looking at the scale of the neighborhood block could not be ruled our in mitigation. Political and property boundaries do not conform to the natural topography and patterns, especially brought out by Hurricane Sandy.
In the Waste and Water segment, the importance of urban porosity was discussed at length emphasizing, a natural solution including bio-swales, water filtration and retention were far more cost effective and effective than ‘grey’ engineered solutions. These ideas must be though of for the smart rebuilding and future development of coastal communities.
In the Parks and Recreation segment, strategies about both vegetation and social impacts and possibilities were presented. Street trees and the damage to them were spoken about. Ideas about replanting street trees in smarter patterns where they can grow better as a group were discussed.
The Shelter group brought up the problem of raising structures and entire neighborhoods and the impact that will have on New York City. NYCHA properties were talked about in detail concerning their future and potential of rebuilding those properties to resist flooding and smartly devise a site plan to mitigate future flooding. Another great topic brought up was about Multi family housing currently not included in any FEMA guideline. Also the point that ADA regulations are practically incompatible with FEMA requirements will force a discussion a possible policy changes. Finally points about zoning for Zone A should be increased to encourage more density enticing resilient redevelopment of the effected areas. Also the idea that Zone A could be turned into a special zoning district to help encourage the proper changes was floated.
Overall its was a very informative and packed event. Many great ideas were shared and discussed. Any solutions to be proposed and undertaken by the city have to be holistic and include all the topics highlighted at the Symposium. This poses a great challenge of communication for both architects, engineers, city agencies and politicians. It is our hope that the 3C Competition can break some of these barriers and provide comprehensive solutions for communities that need them desperately.
-Alex Alaimo, co-chair