The Road Forward: Putting Resilience into Action
Wednesday, June 19

A Discussion of the Report from the Mayor's Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency, with Community Leaders and Representatives from the State and Federal Governments
Presented by the Municipal Art Society and The New School



The damage and need for a speedy recovery from Hurricane Sandy brought infrastructure and city services to the forefront of New Yorkers' minds- and led to the creation of the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency (SIRR). Now, as SIRR completes its work, The Municipal Art Society welcomes SIRR and other groups to The New School for The Road Forward: Putting Resilience into Action.

The event will include an opening panel with key members from the SIRR team providing an overview of the SIRR report released on June 11, 2013. Following, community leaders, civic officials, innovative entrepreneurs, New York residents, and urban planning and design practitioners will discuss the recommendations of the Report in break-out discussion groups. DIscussion topics will include Community Rebuilding and Resiliency Plans for the Atlantic Coastline and East River Communities; Coastal Protection; Hospitals, Healthcare and Medicine; and more.

The event culminates in a final panel session featuring government officials from the federal, state, and city resilience efforts discussing the road forward towards a resilient New York.


Seth Pinsky, Director, Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency

Jamie Rubin, New York State Director, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

Jeremy Creelan, Special Counsel to the Governor, NYS

WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
WHERE: The New School's Tishman Auditorium 66 West 12th Street
TICKETS: Free; RSVP required at

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Media Contacts:

Jessica Halem, Municipal Art Society

Sam Biederman, Associate Director of University Communications

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