Students Lead Design Workshop at Waterfront Conference

Photos and story by Yuriko Jewett UD ’18

The Spitzer School was well represented at the Waterfront Alliance’s 2018 Waterfront Conference—Cities on the Edge on Tuesday, May 8, onboard the Hornblower Infinity at Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. Master of Landscape Architecture students Anna Ceraulo-Jalazo, Babbie Dunnington, Hana Georg, Robynne Heymans, and Rujuta Naringrekar conducted a hands-on, interactive workshop, “Crowd-sourcing Resilience,” using a light table, colored pens, and trace paper. Yuriko Jewett from the Graduate Urban Design Program attended as one of this year’s NYCEDC Waterfront Scholars.

Conference participants visited the light table throughout the day. A base map of the New York City waterfront featuring flooding, storm-surge, sea-level rise, and social- and economic-vulnerability layers was provided, giving participants the opportunity to imagine design solutions for environmental justice by incorporating resiliency planning efforts. Attendees, professionals, and advocates representing various disciplines and communities let the ideas flow and worked together to explore design solutions.

At the end of the day, the MLA students reported the results. The basic consensus? More green!

The day-long Waterfront Conference explored how local and municipal leaders in coastal cities are leading the response to adapting to climate change, including examples from New York,Houston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. The design workshop built on the Rising Urbanists conference the students hosted in April.