In response to Superstorm Sandy, AIA New York (AIANY) is spearheading a collaborative initiative investigating issues and outlining recommendations to address the short and long term impacts of the superstorm and the escalating effects of climate change on New York City.

Post-Sandy Initiative: Building Better, Building Smarter: Opportunities for Design and Development

Visit the Post Sandy Initiative microsite for the latest information.

The Post-Sandy Initiative is structured as the planning and design community’s response to the recent Superstorm. Initiated by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the AIANY’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) in the weeks that followed the storm, and in collaboration with a wide range of other professional organizations and concerned individuals, it has been supported by the participation of a variety of local, regional, state, and national public agency participants. Collaborating organizations include: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC New York), American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (NYASLA), Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC), New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter (APA-NYM), Regional Plan Association (RPA), and Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).

Working Groups were formed to focus on several areas key to resilience: Transportation & Infrastructure, Housing, Critical & Commercial Building, Codes & Zoning, and Waterfront. Over 150 professionals have given their time to these Working Groups to explore important issues about the emergency planning for and response to Sandy, both in terms of short-term recovery efforts and long-term resiliency considerations.


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