Upcoming Event: Everything Water 4.0: Five Years After Sandy

When: 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM SATURDAY, ARCHTOBER 21
Where: At The Cen­ter   

Water is at the heart of sus­tain­ing life for both the human and nat­ur­al worlds. It has also increas­ing­ly become the source of cli­mate-relat­ed dis­as­ters and cat­a­stroph­ic con­flict at all scales. While water might “under­stand” civ­i­liza­tion well, per­haps it is we who don’t under­stand water. Water takes no sides; it is a thing of beau­ty, as well as a pow­er­ful force that is at once ter­ri­fy­ing and hum­bling. In cur­rent cul­tur­al and polit­i­cal dis­course, water is iden­ti­fied as a basic human right. While 71% of the earth’s sur­face is water, clean water is a finite resource.

The AIANY’s Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee (DfRR) has focused 2017’s “Every­thing Water” series on under­stand­ing the role that water plays in our civ­i­liza­tion, and how our inter­ac­tions with water can be dri­ving forces for defin­ing and redefin­ing our com­mu­ni­ties, cities, and coun­tries for gen­er­a­tions to come. The series brought togeth­er experts from a wide spec­trum of fields and per­spec­tives, and ranged from the most tech­ni­cal dis­cus­sions to cul­tur­al and spir­i­tu­al con­cepts, polit­i­cal real­i­ties, and vision­ary solu­tions.

Our final event of 2017, “Every­thing Water 4.0: Five Years After Sandy,” con­cludes this series of  events focus­ing on issues sur­round­ing water resources and mit­i­ga­tion at local, region­al, nation­al, and glob­al lev­els. A day-long sym­po­sium, this event will present a range of ideas, from broad urban respons­es and water-relat­ed dis­as­ters to risk and secu­ri­ty, cre­ative inter­ven­tions, and imag­i­na­tive solu­tions to future chal­lenges. Our speak­ers and pan­elists are archi­tects, plan­ners, sci­en­tists, may­ors, non­prof­it direc­tors, writ­ers, artists, and eco­log­i­cal inno­va­tors who can address these issues at dif­fer­ent scales.

The sym­po­sium will begin with a keynote address fol­lowed by four pan­els that look at prac­tice, lead­er­ship, and inno­v­a­tive approach­es. The day will con­clude with a con­ver­sa­tion-style pan­el where speak­ers will act as respon­dents address­ing water, cli­mate impact, and future chal­lenges. This pan­el will be com­posed of lead­ing writ­ers who are cur­rent­ly engaged in these sub­jects, and who are bring­ing these issues to the fore­front of pub­lic dis­course.

Orga­nized by: AIANY Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee
Price: $100 for AIA mem­bers; $125 for gen­er­al pub­lic