Thursday, February 4, 2016

Climate Resilient Design for the Waterfront

At the meeting of the Conservation Advisory Council on Tuesday evening, it was announced that a Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio will study areas of the Hudson waterfront this spring. The four-month project is a research effort partnering Cornell Landscape Architecture, Cornell Water Resources Institute, and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program.

In Catskill, which was hit hard by hurricanes Irene and Sandy, the project began with students exploring the village's natural watershed setting, NYS projections for climate change, and solutions for designing more climate adaptive spaces, such as "floodable parks and wet floodproofed buildings." The students made site visits and conducted interviews with local stakeholders (municipal staff, volunteers, and business owners) to make their design concepts specific to Catskill. A similar process is proposed for the City of Hudson.

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