Another Heart for Red Hook?

March 28, 2014

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 Red Hook Flood Areaensure 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.

hands around the tableThe 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. maps on the boardMuch 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.


Resilient Building Design Workshop This Week!

March 19, 2014

Carter at lecternOf 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.

+1 sandy 4As 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.


Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina

February 27, 2014

 

BBP PIer 5 Marina Drawing (3)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

New York Harbor School Eco-Dock

January 14, 2014

New York Harbor School Eco-Dock

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.

2013 Hoboken Pizza Derby!

September 17, 2013

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.

Dana Lockett Harrison of Musicology 4 Kids and The Fuzzy Lemons performed for us.  Thank you Dana! @dlharrison37

Dana Lockett Harrison of Musicology 4 Kids and The Fuzzy Lemons performed for us. Thank you Dana! @dlharrison37


Thanks to the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York!

June 12, 2013

Outside New York thanks the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York for their collaborative spirit in supporting the rebuilding and resiliency for Greater New York and New Jersey following Superstorm Sandy.

CGNY Post Card, front

In 1953 a storm swelled out of the North Sea and over more than 60% of the Netherlands.  In the decades since they have made tremendous investments, including a complex water management and flood control system.  It hasn’t happened again.  In 2013, their government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to help establish a framework for sharing their experience with communities in New York and New Jersey, building on the goodwill established in their effort to assist post-Katrina New Orleans.

Services provided by Outside New York to help advance this collaborative project:

  • Produce a set of communications tools including a report, fact sheets, SWOT analysis, maps and Powerpoint presentation;
  • Analyze federal funding authorizations and appropriations;
  • Develop a framework for potential collaborations between governments, businesses, academic and community partners in the Netherlands and the  U.S.
  • Establish and strengthen connections between academic, business, community, and government stakeholders.

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