The Future of Zone A: New York Neighborhoods on the Frontline of Climate Change

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 7 - 9pm

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New York Neighborhoods on the Frontline of Climate Change

A Moderated Panel Discussion

THURSDAY JANUARY 10 2013 | 7:00PM | GREAT HALL | The Cooper Union Foundation Building | 7 East 7th Street
*please note the location for this event has changed to the Great Hall

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council in collaboration with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design & the Architectural League of New York will convene a public discussion to explore issues and ideas for the future of coastal New York. In the Two Bridges neighborhood, and across the five boroughs, vulnerable, low-income populations housed along a high-risk waterfront makes for a challenging social, planning & design problem.

  • Is it possible, and on what scale is it practical, to deploy ecologically sound design (and policy) to mitigate adverse climate impacts on waterfront communities?
  • Given that real estate interests drive the planning of the city, are there “market based” solutions that can be ecologically sound & socially responsible, e.g., not resulting in wholesale displacement of low-income populations?

Panelists with expertise in urban ecology, design, and community planning will present examples of current work and thinking about these issues, followed by a provocative and necessary discussion.

Tom Angotti, Ph.D. Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning; Director of the Center for Community Planning & Development, Hunter College

Susannah C. Drake, AIA, ASLA. Founding Principal, dlandstudio; Senior Associate, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design

Alexander J. Felson, PhD, RLA. Assistant Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies & Yale School of Architecture; Director, Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory

Claire Weisz, AIA. Principal, WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Moderator: Cassim Shepard, Urban Omnibus/Architectural League

For additional information, please contact Kerri Culhane, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council. 212.566.2729//

This event is free and open to the public

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Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.