Raising a Voice for Sandy Long-term Recovery

Raising a Voice for Sandy Long-term Recovery

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Oct 25, 2013
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On October 11, Regional Program Coordinator, Brian Baer was invited to share the Sandy Program at the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State's Annual Affordable Housing Conference & Membership Meeting. The plenary topic was Neighborhood Recovery in a Post-Disaster Environment; featuring Margaret Irwin, River Street Planning & Development (RSPD), David Rippon, LISC NYC and Brian Baer.

The range of organizations and backgrounds, made for an informative event. The RSPD's long-term recovery work with the Town of Prattsville, located in Upstate NY, that was severely damaged during Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011. Flood waters washed out the bridges, power and telephone lines connecting the town to the outside world. And David shared the work LISC is completing with the City of New York in response to Hurricane Sandy, starting with mold-remediation and initial recovery programs.

Only a week later, Rachel Minnery, Regional Program Manager, was one of 8 presenters at the symposium: Superstorm Sandy: One year anniversary: The design community’s response and strategies for resilience. The event was co-sponsored by Architecture for Humanity, AIANY and their Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, and hosted by The Cooper Union.

The evening focused on how organizations gathered data from affected communities directly after the storm, synthesized it, and created an appropriate, resilient response for their constituencies. The Sandy Program Team was able to share findings from the Neighborhood Assessment Report, completed by the New York Chapter of Architecture for Humanity. Find a digital copy of the report here.