On April 24 and 25, 2017 ULI New York members completed a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. This ULI New York TAP was made possible through generous grant funding from The New York Community Trust. The Urban Land Institute was awarded a $100,000 grant in July 2016 to raise awareness and encourage the use of resilient building practices in New York City, and to foster a greater understanding among the public and private sector nationwide regarding the many benefits of building for resilience. Through this grant, ULI New York will complete two TAPs in New York City to identify practical approaches to resilience building that help communities be better prepared against rising seas, flooding, and other natural disasters.
ULI New York partnered with the Brooklyn-based non-profit and advocacy organization, Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), for this Technical Assistance Panel. As the sponsor, FAC asked ULI New York to answer a series of questions related to urban head island (UHI) mitigation strategies in the context of the anticipated rezoning of Gowanus as well as the anticipated partial closure of Thomas Greene Park due to the CSO retention tank siting related to the Gowanus Canal Superfund site cleanup.
Chaired by James Lima, President of James Lima Planning + Design, the 10-member panel offered a series of recommendations that will be detailed in a forthcoming report that will be released in late summer 2017.
In addition to Lima, panelists included Matthew Brian, Executive Vice President of Development, Omni New York LLC; Nancy Choi, Senior Environmental Manager, ARUP; Bret Collazzi, Principal, HR&A Advisors; John Imbiano, Principal and Partner, IQ Landscape Architects, PC; Aviva Laurenti, Deputy Director of Traffic Engineering + Associate, Sam Schwartz Engineering; Matthew Payne, Vice President of Builty Ecology, WSP; Jeffrey Raven, Principal, RAVEN Architecture + Urban Design LLC and Director, Graduate Program in Urban + Regional Design, New York Institute of Technology; Rupal Sanghvi, Founder, HealthxDesign; and Donna Walcavage, Principal of Landscape Architecture, Stantec.