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Community Planning

Department: Architecture
Community: Red Hook
Instructors: Michael Haggerty, Mary Kimball, Ron Shiffman
Summer 2013

The community planning studio will apply skills and knowledge of planning, design, preservation, and environmental systems management within the complex settings of disaster and climate change. The studio will develop and test tools for the analysis and planning of the built environment in New York City post-Hurricane Sandy with a focus on addressing social vulnerability. The studio will also explore the concept of resilience – especially with respect to social, economic and environmental equity in the rebuilding process and the ways in which disaster recovery can create opportunities to address long-term social, economic, and environmental development issues. The work of students in the studio will be directed by the following agenda of thematic questions:

  • How do the analytical tools of planning, design, and management help diverse social and economic constituencies understand the impacts of Hurricane Sandy as well as the ways in which pre-existing vulnerabilities are deepened by disaster?
  • What are the implications of near-term recovery planning responses and how can this moment of reconstruction be an opportunity for “building back better” in coastal communities?
  • In what ways can the tools of planning, design, and management leverage the resources that are released in the post-disaster context in order to support long-term community development goals? In what ways do these resources need to be augmented and what are the strategies to identify those resources and the means to attain them?
  • What is the role of the planner, designer, preservationist, or environmental systems manager within the complex matrix of public and private actors after a disaster and in addressing climate change?
  • What intervention strategies and resources are needed to address the long-term development goals triggered by the need to adapt to the challenges of climate change and in what way do these go beyond those presently available?

The studio is organized in three phases: 1) Assessment, 2) Scenario Planning, and 3) Strategies for Sustainability and Resilience. During the first phase, students will map and analyze the New York City Harbor and Red Hook, Brooklyn. During phases 2 and 3, students will develop a conceptual framework for adaptation, mitigation, and community development for Red Hook. Throughout the studio, students will work collaboratively within an “office team” environment with the goal of producing a single final project. Each student will be responsible for contributing to and directing the team project and will be responsible of a particular focus or specific intervention to be developed over the course of the studio.

Students will collaborate with other Pratt studios and visiting students and with stakeholders, including private, government, or non-profit organizations with a prioritization of the community perspective. Studio assignments will include mapping and development analysis related to vulnerability assessment; scenario planning; legal, regulatory, community development, and political strategies; and written reports and visualization.

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