Go Dutch Consortium has asked Outside New York to help with business development in the New York area. GoDutch is a multidisciplinary partnership of Dutch companies that integrates the physical, social and economical realms, in close cooperation with committed local stakeholders. For GoDutch, the question isn’t simply “what will the buildings look like?” or “Should it be high rise or low density?” But rather, “what is the essence of this place? who is it for? what needs and special needs might they have?”
From the GoDutch perspective, the transient movement of people from place to place over their lifetime can unravel the social fabric of a community just as quickly as it is being created. Are these moves part of human nature or rather necessity? For instance, often times housing development in the New York area means a single project with hundreds of units designed for the same types of residents. While this may be financially successful as real estate development, it is not community development. As that population grows they often find the services and amenities they need are not available in their neighborhood. They must move, and in the process uproot themselves from the relationships that helped to sustain them so far in life.
To learn about how ONY supports the GoDutch consortium please read more in our Business Development section here.
Design Workshop Generates New Ideas for Community Safe Room
What’s the best place to build a Community Safe Room to serve a coastal community? What is the process in which all the necessary stakeholders can become engaged to ensure it succeeds as a productive, community-centered facility? At last week’s Resilient Building Design Workshop hosted by the Center for Architecture, more than 40 engineers, planners, architects and activists took the opportunity to try and address these questions.
The site was selected by course instructors Carter Craft and Deborah Gans. Over the course of two afternoons, design teams created five potential site plans and five different building configurations and layouts. The parameters are set by FEMA and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, which administers the course known as “HURRIPLAN.” The practical exercise in the course is to design a Community Safe Room that can accommodate 500 occupants, has necessary restrooms, food preparation and storage space, as well as back-up power for up to seven days. To endure the weather event, the structure must be able to withstand 200-225 mph winds (measured over a 3- second gust) as well as a horizontal projectile or missile up to 9 pounds travelling at 128 miles per hour. A population spanning every level of physical ability and age group is to be expected.
The site discussed during the exercise was the area around and including Red Hook’s Miccio Center, located on 9th Street in Red Hook in the shadow of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The area is at the northeast corner of the NYC Housing Authority. The teams developed site plans that ranged from infill construction (see image) to an iconic building design. The exercise asked teams to include a primary building function in addition to the Safe Room use. Teams responded with ideas including indoor farms, school gymnasium, and dance studio. Every team reinforced the reality that whatever dual purpose any such building should aim to achieve, local residents need to have a voice in the process.
Looking ahead, Red Hook seems to be a very suitable location for such an advanced, multi-use facility. Much of the community was submerged under Sandy’s flood waters. Nearby organizations such as the New York Harbor School on Governors Island are seeking to help jump-start middle schools in each borough. A relatively high proportion of young people reside in the area. Thus a new heart for Red Hook could be designed to provide important day-to-day educational services for young people and built to withstand large scale weather events that continue to pose great risk to coastal communities.
Of all natural disasters, catastrophic storms such as hurricanes are among the most damaging and costly in built environments. In an era of increasing uncertainty, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center offers a number of courses to help raise the base level of knowledge in our society on how to design and build more carefully in areas prone to flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise.
At New York City’s Center for Architecture, Outside New York Principal Carter Craft will be co-teaching a two-day course on March 21 and 22. This week’s workshop discusses existing regulations and potential new standards for development and community planning in hurricane-prone areas.
Course topics include an introduction to hurricane science and history; design strategies for hurricane hazards of wind, water and debris damage; current and potential zoning and building codes designed to help address hurricane forces; case studies drawn from post-hurricane sites; a prototype plan and design of a hurricane resistant school and community shelter facility.
Each day’s program will conclude with an innovative hands-on planning and design project for a site of a potential new community facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
As with many courses offered by NDPTC, there is a large community of people to whom this subject matter isn’t just of interest-it’s important! Emergency managers, engineers, architects, planners, planning and zoning officials, building inspectors, contractors and other professionals working in urban areas all play important roles. Together we can help to ensure the next general of coastal development is more resilient and sustainable than the last. Together in the course setting these diverse perspectives also help to enrich the learning experience for everyone.
Courses such as this also help to satisfy Continuing Education requirements for many professional associations. For more information on HURRIPLAN or other courses please visit NDPTC’s website.
In Fall 2013, Outside New York was asked to help formulate a response to the Request for Proposals for development of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina. Working with a range of partners in the community, in Brooklyn and outside the region, we developed the winning proposal. In December 2013, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board of Directors awarded a 30-year concession agreement to our team, led by Edgewater Resources. The scope of services ranged from community outreach to branding and communications. Specific tasks include:
- Analyze Market and Competitors
- Define Critical Team Roles and Recruit Partners
- Formulate Overall Project Strategy: Vision, Plan, Design, Construction, O&M
- Initiate Community Relations
- ID and Engage Potential Interim and Long Term Programming Partners
- Provide Guidance on Marine Best Practices
Services provided by Outside New York to produce this project:
- Draft and disseminate Requests for Bids
- Contract with vendors for tug/towing, drydock, metal work, naval architecture and other services;
- Draft and submit City, State and Federal Permit Applications;
- Provide all other services as needed to ensure quality product delivered on time.
The (Almost) 5th Annual Hoboken Pizza Derby was held October 5, raising $1,000 for two local charities. As founding sponsor, Outside New York is grateful for the best turnout (and maybe weather?!?) ever! Read more about it over at the Pizza Derby Blog.