WE15 - Resilience implementation and strategies in NYC and Boston

Wednesday, November 28 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

This discussion will focus on the various pathways cities have been able to deal with large-scale resilience planning from NYC to Boston, and the large role funding has played in determining those narratives.

In NYC, Hurricane Sandy exposed the vulnerabilities of Lower Manhattan's diverse and underserved communities. Subsequently, NYC engaged in developing planning and recovery programs; the East Side Coastal Resiliency(ESCR) and Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency(LMCR) projects emerged from these efforts.

In December 2016, The City of Boston released Climate Ready Boston as part of a city-wide effort to prepare for the future, outlining specific actions to be undertaken. In 2017, the first site-specific study was published, focusing on the waterfronts of East Boston and Charlestown.

The funding of these large-scale landscape and infrastructure projects, while sharing similarities, have diverged in their allowances for implementation. In NYC, HUD and FEMA funding allowed large-scale infrastructure projects to advance, despite starts and stalls. For Climate Ready Boston, site conditions allow the City to leverage 2030 capital projects to build a framework for incremental interventions. In this discussion, we will focus on narratives of implementation, community involvement, and adaptability both to a changing climate and the contexts of funding and policy considerations.

Learning Objectives:

Identify approaches and tools for planning resilience infrastructure for short and long term solutions

Learn about the different implementation strategies and challenges

Illuminate how different cities address similar risks in different ways

Define which are the main elements impacting the decision making process and potential for successful implementation


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU | HSW

Education Tracks: Beyond Flooding: Designing Resilience

Event Type: Workshops > Session