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Structures of Coastal Resilience: Designing for Climate Change Opening February 3rd at the Center for Architecture



WHAT:  The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 has highlighted the effects of catastrophic storms and climate change on urban coastal areas.

Structures of Coastal Resilience (SCR) is a research initiative developing performance-based designs for flood-prone North Atlantic urban coastal environments. SCR combines state-of-the-art hurricane storm surge and climate change science with a systematic approach to the design of natural and engineered coastal infrastructure, land use planning, and building regulations.

The exhibit brings together engineers, scientists, architects, landscape architects, and scholars from the City College of New York, Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The four design teams have produced in-depth coastal planning and design proposals for four representative sites on the North Atlantic coast: Norfolk VA, Atlantic City NJ, Jamaica Bay NY, and Narrangasett Bay RI. The Center for Architecture will exhibit proposals from Jamaica Bay, NY and Atlantic City, NJ.

WHO:   Program Director: Guy Nordenson

The four universities involved in this collaboration are:


Princeton University School of Architecture

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

City College Spitzer School of Architecture

University of Pennsylvania School of Design

WHEN:           Wednesday February 3rd, 6-8 PM

WHERE:  The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012


About AIA New York:
AIA New York is the largest and oldest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with nearly 5,000 architect and affiliate members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development. Towards these aims, it operates the Center for Architecture – a storefront exhibition and event space in Greenwich Village – sponsors public programs, and publishes Oculus magazine. AIANY was an integral partner of two previous housing initiatives. The first, initiated in 2004, is the New Housing New York Legacy Project, which was New York City’s first juried design competition for affordable and sustainable housing that led to Via Verde in the South Bronx. The second, launched in 2012, is the adAPT NYC Competition to develop model micro-unit apartments.


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