Industry & Access
The New York Harbor is one of the largest natural harbors in the world. It is the mouth of both the Hudson River and East River, as well as the glue between Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey. As part of the Port of New York and New Jersey, the waterfronts it touches are some of the most industrialized in the city. From Red Hook to Sunset Park and St. George in Staten Island, commercial shipping and transportation dominate its shores. Often in direct contrast to industry, advocacy for increased recreation and community access has been growing among waterfront communities. Can the working waterfront continue to thrive while providing communities access?
Port operators, community groups, sustainability activists, and waterfront educators will present their experiences working for and on projects that have and are continuing to transform the New York Harbor. After the short panel, attendees will break into roundtable discussions, where they will have the opportunity to voice their own experiences and views about the future of New York Harbor to contribute to NYC’s Next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan for 2020-2030.
Michael Marrella, AICP, Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYC Department for City Planning
Jay Valgora, AIA, Principal, STUDIO V Architecture
Marquise Stillwell, Founder/Principal, Openbox
Mike Stamatis, President, Red Hook Container Terminal
Summer Sandoval, Energy Democracy Coordinator, UPROSE
Kelly Vilar, CEO/Founder, SI Urban Center
Aaron Singh, Waterfront Director, New York Harbor School
Roundtable Facilitators – Committee Volunteers:
Jay Valgora, Principal, STUDIO V Architecture (Planning and Urban Design)
Jeff Dugan, Principal, Dattner (Transportation and Infrastrcuture)
Casie Kowalski, Project Manager, Andrea Steele Architecture (Diversity and Inclusion)
Amanda Miller, Project Architect, Hoffmann Architects (Diversity and Inclusion)
Susan Kaplan, AIA, Principal, BuildingWrx (Committee on the Environment)
Justine Shapiro-Kline, Associate, One Architecture & Urbanism (Committee on the Environment)
Karim Ahmed, RA AIA, Principal, Reform Architecture (Design for Risk and Reconstruction)
Amy MacDonald, Associate Principal & Resilience Practice Leader, Thornton Tomasetti (Design for Risk and Reconstruction)
The Future of the NYC Waterfront – Program Series
This is the sixth program in a series of forums on the future of the NYC waterfront planned through 2020 to conduct outreach to inform the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan: Vision 2030 through the Waterfront Management Advisory Board. Through a partnership between the AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee, the Committee on the Environment, the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, this Waterfront Taskforce Initiative is critical to providing a platform for architects and design experts in New York City to express their points of view and experience working on the city’s waterfront.