Join us for this panel discussion looking back at Rebuild by Design’s process and impact, taking place at Regional Plan Association’s annual Assembly, which brings together more than 1,000 civic and business leaders to discuss major issues affecting the prosperity and quality of life in the metropolitan region. What did Rebuild by Design teach us about managing current and future risks? How will these lessons inform and shape future planning and design initiatives, including RPA’s next Regional Plan for the New York metropolitan area? This session also will feature a report being released by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Lessons From Sandy, on what changes are needed in federal policy to build a more climate-resilient region.
Moderator: Marilyn J. Taylor, Dean of the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
The Honorable Bill Finch, Mayor, City of Bridgeport
Henk Ovink, Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
Robert J. Pirani, Senior Fellow for Environment & Energy, Regional Plan Association
Kellie Terry-Sepulveda, Executive Director, The Point Community Development Corporation
Gena Wirth, Associate, SCAPE/ Landscape Architecture
At Liberty Science Center, following a reception and viewing of the ten design teams’ proposals, Henk Ovnik, Principal of Rebuild by Design and Senior Advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, led a panel discussion on the impact of Rebuild by Design and on lessons learned from the process of engaging a diverse range of stakeholders – from residents to business owners, nonprofit representatives to government officials at the local, state, and federal level.
On April 3, more than 1,000 people throughout the region attended exhibits and receptions at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City and the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan that showcased the final design proposals from the ten interdisciplinary teams selected to participate in Rebuild by Design. The teams shared their work after months of research and working alongside communities across the Sandy-affected region.