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Stand Up! How to be Part of the Solution After a Disaster

When: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Where: At The Center  (AIANY Center for Architecture)

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The AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) presents “Stand Up! How to Be a Part of the Solution after a Disaster,” the first annual Disaster U Workshop to discuss how architects and individuals can volunteer in the wake of natural disasters.
When Superstorm Sandy hit, thousands of volunteers came forward to assist in cleanup and recovery. In the storm’s aftermath, AIA New York and neighboring chapters put out a call to their members to volunteer in support of the city. AIA members and non-members alike wrestled with similar questions: Where and how can we volunteer? What training is needed and what risks are associated with volunteering after a disaster?
“Stand Up” will answer these questions and more for professionals and community stakeholders alike. The symposium will explain the role of government agencies, private sector companies, volunteer relief organizations, community groups, and professional societies in various volunteer and post-disaster scenarios, and will cover the types of training and education required for each sector. Understanding the various relationships and responsibilities of these groups will aid AIA members and non-members in their future volunteer efforts.
Stand Up! #StandUpNYC highlights advocacy in action, describes intersectoral relationships, and identifies gaps to provide a path to action and training opportunities.
Speakers:
Ken Curtin, Retired Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, FEMA
James Kendra, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Director of Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
Tricia Wachtendorf, PhD, Associate Director, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
Joseph F. Tortorella, PE, Hon AIANY, President, Silman
Aaron Titus, Executive Director, Crisis Cleanup, NJ VOAD
Eric Bradshaw, Disaster Response Coordinator, Division of Code Enforcement and Administration, New York State Department of State
Jonas Ballreich, Human Services Emergency Preparedness Specialist, NYC Emergency Management
Diana Lopez, Esq., Emergency Services, The Salvation Army of Greater New York
Timothy G. Boyland, AIA, Partner, Vengoechea + Boyland Architecture/Urban Planning; 2015 President AIA New York State
Brian Baer, Co-founder and Executive Director, The Elevated Studio
Maxinne Leighton, Assoc. AIA, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Michael Premo or Rachel Falcone, Organizer, Occupy Sandy
Illya Azaroff, AIA, Founding co-chair, DfRR; Director of Design, +LAB architects and experimentation; Associate Professor, NYCCT

Organized by: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee aiany_dfrr-logo2

 

AIANJ Takes home Component Excellence Award from Grassroots Convention

Submitted by Justin A Mihalik, AIA, Co-Chair, AIA Regional Recovery Working Group

aianj_GR15_award3The AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference is always a great event to kickoff the new year as an AIANJ Leader.  This year it was even sweeter as AIANJ took home a Component Excellence Award for Expanding & Sharing Knowledge through the AIA Regional Recovery Working Group (AIARRWG).  The AIARRWG was formed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy by Illya Azaroff AIA, AIANYS, and co-chaired by Justin Mihalik AIA, AIANJ.  The Group organized three workshops focusing on the effects of Sandy on Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark, the Jersey Shore, as well as the State’s infrastructure and critical buildings.  Some of the comments received from the jurors included,

“This is a very strong submission demonstrating collaboration among components and states to promote knowledge of resilience best practices.”

“This is a great example of how components can work together to achieve measurable results on a topic of great importance to the profession. We can all learn from this program!”

“This very strong effort brought together various players to the table in a symbiotic manner with a collective vision and shared goals. I am not aware of any such other strong showing of organizational achievements lead by the AIA, specifically to assess a post-disaster situation, to the extent of what occurred with Sandy. I would hope that these efforts remain in the forefront with the state and federal agencies that have jurisdiction over events such as Sandy.”

On behalf of the AIARRWG, we are very proud of the work we have done and the honor of being recognized by AIA.  The AIARRWG will continue its work to help connect the victims with the various resources in the State, as well as share information with our allied professional organizations and the State of NJ.  If you are interested in joining the AIARRWG please contact Justin Mihalik AIA at [email protected].

AIA Regional Recovery Working Group Presents:

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Regional Architecture Groups Look At Critical Infrastructure in a Post-Sandy World

Reprint of article published on July 11, 2014, on NJBiz

Chapters of the American Institute of Architects from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island held a “regional recovery working group” Friday on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, focusing on changes to critical infrastructure design in a post-Hurricane Sandy world.

The event was the third in a series of Sandy-related workshops. Others have looked at Sandy’s effects on cities and coastal communities.

Speakers from both the public and private sectors weighed in Friday, touching on issues concerning resiliency, design, building codes and the coordination on the parts of regional governing bodies.

“Forums like this are pretty awesome because it’s the idea exchange that happens,” said John Boulé, a vice president of global planning firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. “Brain cells start to knock against each other … and hopefully it will spur you to some action.”

Boulé discussed protecting transportation assets and rethinking planning strategies, namely by incorporating cost-benefit analysis into the framework.

“You have to come up with different ways of thinking about risk,” Boulé said.

Scott Davis, senior advisor in the office of the secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that at the federal level, making progress after Sandy is the goal, but it’s difficult to put broad timetables on projects.

“I think we’re all looking to move forward as quickly as possible and some projects might be more complicated than others,” Davis said.

Davis added that he feels a focus point in the future for architecture groups and others in the industry will be turning resiliency into a household word, much like sustainability is today.

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Regional Recovery Workshop – Second Workshop in Series

Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop flyerWhen:     8:30 AM – 4:00 PM MONDAY, MARCH 31

Where:   New York Institute of Technology – School of Architecture and Design, Old Westbury, New York.

Register to Attend:  Please Click here to RSVP

This day long workshop is geared for stakeholders across the four state region working in coastal communities at all scales of rebuilding and planning. The Working Group’s on going mission is to share experience and case studies of recovery efforts across the region, highlight good practices, notes changes to building codes along with updates to state and federal procedures, financing and opportunities. Attendees will gain real tools for rebuilding and insight into codes and regulations.

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Post Sandy: the effect on the URBAN


red_eagle  AIA Regional Recovery Working Group

   AIA New York | AIA New Jersey | AIA Connecticut | AIA Rhode Island

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Newark Symposium & Workshop

Who: This event is open to anyone

When: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Where: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Weston Hall, Gallery, Newark, New Jersey

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

july9_2 As we weigh options of how to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, we are forced to address the challenges of a Post-Sandy world.  Superstorm Sandy hit 13 states including the 4 in our region. Ideally communities, public agencies, architects, engineers, planners and stakeholders are working hard to answer questions of temporality, resiliency and adaptability that will enable a rapid recovery and produce resilient communities prepared for the next storm or catastrophic event.

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Although much of the attention of the storm has been on the shore and beach communities, we have not forgotten about the many urban cities that were also devastated by the storm.  The urban city presents issues that include much higher densities of population, mixed use development, historic districts, critical and commercial buildings, and public transportation of all types.

Leaders from chapters of AIA New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island recognize that we are part of a broader network that must work together in order to produce thoughtful solutions and thorough results. Sharing best practices in resiliency, sustainability, health, safety and welfare, and the obstacles encountered along the way will aid in all of our efforts. Collectively we face 80 billion dollars in property damage, 650,000 affected buildings, displaced communities and a great degree of uncertainty.

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This program will bring together and highlight efforts from across the region and act as a regional forum to share local design and policy initiatives, applied strategies and efforts, and lessons learned; to ignite conversation; and to find creative, practical and far-reaching recovery solutions that communities can implement in their current planning processes. The symposium and workshop will focus on the cities of Newark, Jersey City and Hoboken, and will discuss specific issues with the intent of developing strategies that will be implemented by each of them as they recover and rebuild.

Please join us and take part in this regional collaboration.

Program:

Monday

7:00 pm: Opening Reception (Location T.B.D.)

A block of hotel rooms will be available at the Robert Treat Hotel for those requiring an overnight stay. 

Tuesday

8:00 am: Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 am: Opening Remarks/ Overview of the day

8:45 am: Presentation made by AIANJ/AIANY/AIACT/AIARI

9:45 am: Presentation made by NJIT and NYIT

10:00 am: Moderated Panel Discussion

10:30 am: Presentation by NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness, Newark, Jersey City & Hoboken

11:30 am: Moderated Panel Discussion

12:00 pm: Lunch Break

12:30 pm: Design Workshop

4:30 pm: Pin up and Presentation

5:30 pm: Closing Comments

6:00 pm: Closing Reception

Price: Free to all attendees

CES: This event will be approved for AIA continuing education credits

Presenters:

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AIA New York, AIA New Jersey, AIA Connecticut, AIA Rhode Island, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, NJIT School of Architecture & the Center for Resilient Design (this list will be updated as we confirm additional presenters)

Organized by:

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AIA New York,  AIA New Jersey, AIA Connecticut, and AIA Rhode Island and the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee in collaboration with New Jersey Institute of Technology

Register here:

http://aians.org/aia-regional-recovery/