Resiliency Projects in NYC

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October 29th marked the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and efforts to recover and fortify NYC are still ongoing. As we plan for future weather events, understanding the unique needs and challenges of urban landscapes and diverse building typologies becomes increasingly important.

This event explores innovations in resiliency at the city level, campus level and individual building level by profiling current resiliency initiatives supported by the city. Panelists will share fresh design approaches and innovative technologies they’re using to address flood threats and energy resilience across NYC and beyond.

Jennifer Bolstad
Owner, Local Office Landscape Architecture

Jennifer Bolstad is a landscape architect, an educator and a community organizer for social and environmental justice. Together with Walter Meyer, she is co-founder of Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, based in Brooklyn. She teaches at Parsons/The New School for Design and holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research and practice concentration is on coastal landscapes at all scales, operating between infrastructure, urbanism and ecology.

Louise Yeung
Senior Project Manager, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Louise Yeung manages the design and implementation of resilient energy and flood protection infrastructure at the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Prior to joining NYCEDC, Yeung led the climate program at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and conducted research on environmental governance, as it relates to natural resource-based conflicts, at the Environmental Law Institute. Yeung holds a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Todd Poisson
Partner, BKSK Architects, LLP

As a Partner at BKSK with over 25 years of experience, Todd has been responsible for the design and construction of some of BKSK’s most ambitious projects, ranging between residential, mixed-use, and institutional types. Recent award-winning, sustainable, urban projects include The Jefferson and Citizen, two LEED Gold Certified high-end condominium projects in the East Village and Flatiron respectively, and 466 Columbus, a Passive House multifamily development on the Upper West Side. Todd’s interest in the tools of architectural practice, as well as his steadfast commitment to excellence in project delivery, result in his teams being at the forefront of today’s design technologies and processes.

Josiah Cain
Principal & Director of Innovations, Sherwood Design Engineers

Josiah Cain is a Principal at Sherwood Design Engineers, where he is also Director of Innovation. His omni-disciplinary team explores strategic site and ecological performance, with a focus on regenerative/Net Zero campus and district-scale landscape and infrastructure systems. Josiah’s experience includes successful rain harvesting, graywater and blackwater reuse, green roofs, living walls, urban ecology/restoration, food systems, and sustainable materials.


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