Upcoming DfRR Event: EVERYTHING WATER 4.0 — The Role of Water in Shaping Our Future

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM


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 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.
The sym­po­sium will begin with a keynote address fol­lowed by three 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.
Henk Ovink, Spe­cial Envoy for Inter­na­tion­al Water Affairs, King­dom of The Nether­lands

Pan­el — Urban Respons­es and Cre­ative Inter­ven­tions to Dis­rup­tion and Cli­mate Chance
Steven Bin­gler, Prin­ci­pal, Con­cor­dia Com­mu­ni­ty-Cen­ter Plan­ning + Design
J. David Wag­gonner III, FAIA, Prin­ci­pal, Wag­goner & Ball Archi­tects
Andrew Whal­ley, AIA, Part­ner, Grimshaw
Mod­er­a­tor: David Kooris, Urban and Region­al Plan­ner, State of Con­necti­cut

Pan­el — Secu­ri­ty and Risk
Michael Oppen­heimer, Albert G. Mil­bank Pro­fes­sor of Geo­sciences and Inter­na­tion­al Affairs, Woodrow Wil­son School, Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty
Alan Rubin, Prin­ci­pal, Blank Rome Gov­ern­ment Rela­tions
Paul Scholz, Deputy Direc­tor, Office for Coastal Man­age­ment, Nation­al Ocean­ic and Atmos­pher­ic Admin­is­tra­tion
Mod­er­a­tor: Michael Kim­mel­man, Archi­tec­ture Crit­ic, The New York Times

Pan­el  — Reimag­in­ing Solu­tions: What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About the Future
Robert Olshan­sky, FAICP, Pro­fes­sor of Urban and Region­al Plan­ning, Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Cham­paign
Pim Van Hem­men, Assis­tant Direc­tor, Lit­toral Soci­ety
Hein Ver­stee­gen, Dura Ver­meer, The Nether­lands
Mod­er­a­tor: Mar­garet Klein Sala­m­on, Direc­tor, Cli­mate Mobi­liza­tion
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Pro­fes­sor, Spitzer School of Archi­tec­ture, City Col­lege
Carter Craft, Senior Eco­nom­ic Office, Con­sulate Gen­er­al of The Nether­lands, New York
Don­ald Wat­son, FAIA, Prin­ci­pal, Earth­Rise Design
Michael Marel­la, Direc­tor of Water­front Plan­ning, NYC Depart­ment of City Plan­ning

Orga­nized by: AIANY Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee and ASLA-NY
Co-Spon­sors — AIANY COTE — Com­mit­tee on the Envi­ron­ment, AIANY Plan­ning and Urban Design Com­mit­tee
Price: $50 for stu­dents with valid ID; $100 for AIA and ASLA mem­bers; $125 for gen­er­al pub­lic
AIA CES: 7.0 LU | 7.0 HSW