The Hudson River Is Rising. Communities Are Adapting–with Nature - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as part of Climate Week NYC
This webinar is free to all.
The Hudson River is connected to the ocean. Over the coming decades, river water levels are projected to increase substantially because of sea level rise. Many Hudson River communities face growing flood and inundation risks due to sea level rise and other climate impacts.
Like many small cities, Kingston and Hudson in the Hudson River Valley of New York have limited budgets and resources to address these challenges. But they are seeking to adapt to a rising river through smart waterfront planning and resilient infrastructure.
Through a community-driven approach, landscape architects at Supermass Studio and Assemblage Landscape Architecture designed nature-based climate-adaptive solutions to river rise. Communities were aided by earlier work with the Climate-Adaptive Design Studio, a unique partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The program links Cornell University landscape architecture students with at-risk communities to envision more resilient waterfront communities. These communities in turn became eligible partners for DEC grants to work with landscape architects at Supermass Studio and Assemblage to develop real-life adaptation projects in their cities.
Supermass Studio partnered with the City of Kingston to develop a climate adaptive framework plan for Kingston Point beach and wetlands. The plan will mitigate the threat of sea level rise and provide accessible recreational lands while protecting valuable natural resources. With the City of Hudson, Assemblage adapted an existing waterfront park to flooding and sea level rise. At the same time, they enhanced ecological habitat and recreational amenities that support the city’s waterfront vitality.
This approach demonstrates the benefits of academic-public and public-private relationships in designing urban climate adaptation strategies with multiple benefits.
- Learn about community-driven climate adaptive waterfront planning in the Hudson Valley from case studies in Cities of Kingston and Hudson, New York.
- Learn about the benefits of academic-public and public-private partnerships in creating climate adaptive design strategies and projects for municipalities.
- Discuss opportunities to incorporate waterfront recreational and educational co-benefits into resilient infrastructure funding opportunities.
- Discuss creative ways to effectively work with at-risk communities about local climate challenges and adaptation methods.
image: Intertidal wetland at reinforced Kingston Point Beach / © Supermass Studio
Wendy Andringa, ASLA, LEED AP
Founder and Principal
Assemblage Landscape Architecture
Wendy Andringa is the founding principal of Assemblage Landscape Architecture, a Brooklyn-based practice founded in 2021 with a passion for exploring creative design solutions that are grounded in ecological and sustainable principles. Wendy has over 17 years experience in landscape architecture practice and teaching, and draws on her background in photography and art to find inspiration in the fusion of creative and ecological systems. Her work at Assemblage encompasses waterfront parks, community parks, civic infrastructure, educational campuses, and art centers.
Joshua Cerra, ASLA
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Josh Cerra is Department Chair and Associate Professor at Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture and principal investigator of the Climate-adaptive Design studio program in partnership with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. His teaching and research investigate relationships between urban ecosystems, communities and site development processes, and their implications for climate-adaptive design and urban ecological design. His studio-based efforts have received award recognition from the national American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and Cornell.
Taewook Cha, ASLA, LEED AP
Founder and Principal
Taewook Cha is a registered landscape architect and founding principal of Supermass Studio, a landscape architecture practice based in New York City since 2011. With over 25 years of experience both in the United States and internationally, Taewook has devoted most of his career to the innovation and advancement of public spaces in complex urban environments. His recent projects include LaGuardia Airport's New Terminal B Concourse Park in New York, NY, Mulberry Commons Park in Newark, NJ, and Wisconsin Riverfront Park in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Taewook is an executive board member at ASLA-NY and a co-chair of its DEI Committee.
Adrian Smith, FASLA (Moderator)
Team Leader, Staten Island Capital Projects
Adrian Smith, FASLA is the Team Leader for Staten Island capital projects with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, a role he has held since 2016. He manages a team of 20 landscape professionals who design and build projects on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens, with an annual construction value of over $50 Million. Active projects include landscapes along Rockaway Beach and converting Fresh Kills landfill into a park. He previously held positions at several private design firms, in addition to maintaining his own practice. Adrian began serving as ASLA's Vice President for Professional Practice in 2020.
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