January 12, 2013 at THE NEW SCHOOL
Strategies, Solutions and Ideas for Ensuring a Resilient and Livable NYC Post-Sandy

New York, NY (January 8, 2013) - On Saturday, January 12, The Municipal Art Society of New York will convene Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up, hosted by The New School. This is the third event in its ongoing series, the Road to Resilience. Complete conference details and information on registration can be found at:

This free, day-long convening at The New School (66 West 12th Street) on Saturday, January 12, includes four plenary sessions and nearly twenty break-out sessions that will be facilitated by our many partners - community organizations, neighborhood groups, people working in disaster recovery, housing advocates, and designers and planners.

The program will be preceded by optional site visits on Friday, January 11, to parts of New York City damaged by Sandy, from the Rockaways to Coney Island to Staten Island to Red Hook. Site visits will be hosted by local community organizations.

The goal of Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up is to share lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and to cultivate ideas for how to become a more livable and resilient New York, while empowering and engaging a wide range of industry experts, community leaders and residents.

Participants will include representatives from affected neighborhoods across New York City; from the public, private and community sectors; from the urban planning, design and architecture communities; from academia; from community development and cultural sectors; as well as several people engaged in community-based responses to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

The schedule for the convening on Saturday, January 12, follows:

8:30 AM Check-in

9:00 AM Opening Remarks
Vin Cipolla, the Municipal Art Society

David Van Zandt, The New School

9:10 AM The Real Picture – Data Briefing
Max Weselcouch, NYU Furman Center
Abby Suckle, CultureNOW

9:45 AM What’s at Stake?
Klaus Jacob, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
William Fritz, College of Staten Island
Jamie Rubin, New York State Director for the Sandy Recovery Task Force

10:15 AM Community Responses and Ongoing Challenges
Marilyn Gelber, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Andy Smith, Occupy Sandy/Respond & Rebuild
Kathryn Mallon, NYC Rapid Repairs and NYC EDP

11:00 AM Working Groups A
Concurrent working sessions on what worked, what didn’t, and principles for going forward.

12:15 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Working Groups B
A repeat of the 11 AM working groups

2:15 PM Addressing the Hard Questions: What’s at Stake
James Russell, Bloomberg News
Eddie Bautista, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Ron Shiffman, The Pratt Center
Mindy Fullilove, Columbia University
Joel Towers, Parsons The New School for Design
Pat Simon, Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation

3:15 PM Principles for Moving Forward, Working Groups Report, The Sandy Principles
Mary Rowe, the Municipal Art Society
Andrew Zolli, POPtech

3:45 PM Conclusion

The more than eighty participants and partners include (as of January 8, 2013):

596 Acres, Airbnb, American Society Of Landscape Architects, Arts And Democracy, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brooklyn Public Library, Center For Bioregional Living, Center For Social Innovation, Center For Urban Pedagogy (cup), Cisco System Internet Business Solutions Group/public Sector, Community Solutions, Council On The Arts And Humanities For Staten Island, Culturenow, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects Llp, Dlandstudio, Eco-occupy, El Puente, Fabnyc, Forum For Urban Design, Furman Center, Gans Studio, Goshowarchitects, Neighborhood Preservation Coalition Of Nys, Inc, Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, Government Officials From The Task Force On Hurricane Sandy Recovery, Green Map, Hudson Square Bid, Ideo, Insight Associates, Institute For Urban Design, Ioby, James Mccullar Architects, Jee Won Kim Architects, Judah International, Kaese & Lynch Architecture And Engineering Llp, Land Of Opportunity (new Orleans), Local Office Landscape,lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Margert Community Corporation, Mas Urbanists, Material For The Arts, New York Academy Of Medicine, New York Restoration Project, Nocd-ny, Ny Passive House, Nyc Environmental Justice Alliance (nyc-eja), Occupy Sandy Sustainable Development & Occupy Sandy, Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, Perez, Apc, Poptech, Pratt Institute, Queens Public Library, Red Hook Initiative, Respond And Rebuild, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Rogers Marvel Architects, Sandy Storyline Project, Solar One, Sound Science Llc, Staff Volunteers From Various City Departments And Agencies Including Planning, Cultural Affairs, Small Business, Sustainability, Office Of Emergency Management, Students And Faculty From Nyu, Columbia, Hunter, Pratt, The New School, Cuny, Rutgers, John H. Daniels Faculty Of Architecture Landscape And Design University Of Toronto, And The College Of Staten Island, Ter/re/form One, The Design Trust, The Nature Of Cities, The New Orleans Institute For Resilience And Innovation, The Trust For Public Land, Times Up, Untapped Cities, Wxy Architecture And Additional Aia And Apa Members.

About The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS):
MAS has led New York City’s livability movement since 1893. MAS’s mission is to advocate for public policies, private sector practices, individual agency and community engagement for a resilient built environment that encourages our city’s economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, environmental sustainability and social diversity. For more information visit

About The New School
Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. Learn more at



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Media Contacts:

Hazel Balaban, Municipal Arts Society

Anne Coates, Muicipal Arts Society (DAY OF EVENT CONTACT)

Sam BIederman, The New School
212.229.5667 x3094

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