Seaside Village Workday with The Nature Conservancy and Foundation Source in Bridgeport. We cleaned out and dug the back overflow swale with the team including rock removal earthwork and grading and installation of edging.
The National Climate Assessment released earlier this month paints a bleak picture of the effects of climate change on not only the world - but right here in the northeast. “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the report says.
We’re teaming up with The Colin McEnroe Show for a big discussion on climate change and how we’re adapting to a changing world.
For Rebuild by Design- Resilient Bridgeport, our goal of reconnecting inland waterways combines economic redevelopment with environmental stewardship and risk reduction.
A Dutchman’s Opinion: Henk Ovink Weighs in on Post-Sandy Proposals - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.co By RUSSELL SHORTO
Henk Ovink, a Dutch water management expert, briefly describes each of the 10 proposals that the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force has highlighted for possible implementation.
9. Resilient Bridgeport. (WB unabridged with Yale ARCADIS) “From its very name you know that Bridgeport is all about water. But over time it became disconnected from the water. The project uncovers streams that were covered over by urbanization. The town does not use the river as an amenity. The sound side is largely unsafe. This is an overall strategy, encompassing 10 projects to build in more safety and resilience and reconnect the city with the water.”
This is similar to urban agriculture and ties into all of the examples of farmland transitioning into suburbs, however, in this case the housing and farm are overlapping. Having the farm be a “legitimate” functioning farm and figuring out ways of combining housing while maintaining the farm (or adding a working farm to existing suburbs as a retrofit) seem like a good way to build community interactions. We should build more of these.
There are other new urbanist examples of this general idea (e.g. Serenebe near Atlanta- however, there the agriculture is used more as an aesthetic and theming device with some gentleman farming).
e360 article on Designed Experiments: Rebuilding the Natural World: A Shift in Ecological Restoration
From forests in Queens to wetlands in China, planners and scientists are promoting a new approach that incorporates experiments into landscape restoration projects to determine what works to the long-term benefit of nature and what does not.
Joint Forestry Architecture in class charette for Rebuild by Design
As part of Applied Urban Ecology we invited Alan Plattus, Ed Mitchell and Andrei Harwell over to the UEDLAB to work through three sites as part of the Rebuild by Design competition. The focal areas included the Southend, the eastern portion of the Pequonnock and the Oxbrook Inland waterway.
TF: Caitlin Feehan. Students: Dana Baker, RossBernet, Uma Bhandaram, Chung-Leong Chan, Emily Grady, KateHagemann, Chris Halfnight, Angel Hertslet, LynetteLeighton, Meghan Lewis, ShaynaLiberman, Jorge Lopez, Selena Pang, Juan Simonelli, Rebecca Schultz, Lindsay Toland, Jorge De Vincente, Lin Shi, Emily Wright
The Urban Ecology and Design Lab at Yale is deeply involved in the Rebuild by Design competition working on coastal adaptation in Bridgeport with the WB Unabridged + Yale and Arcadis team. See the attached workshop above which occurred over the weekend. A second event will occur on March 8th in Bridgeport. Here is the link to our team website: http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/teams/unabridged/
Introduction of panelists and framing of issues, 5 min
Alex Felson, Assistant Professor, Yale University
Applying ecosystem services more effectively for long term coastal adaptation planning
Panelists presentations answering questions, 10 min each
Denise Reed, Chief Scientist, Water Institute of the Gulf
How can we further integrate scientific information through the ecosystem services framework as a common language to inform ecosystem-based policy and planning for coastal adaptation?
Roselle Henn, Chief, USACE North Atlantic Division
What are examples of useful methods and tools for facilitating coastal adaptation in terms of government, economics, infrastructure and, community activism in the local, regional, and national political context?
Gavin Smith, Associate Research Professor UNC; Executive Director UNC & Homeland
Given the importance of risk reduction and hazard mitigation planning, how can we link these planning tools to ecosystem services, including where and how we build in relation to natural hazards? How can we address the many trade offs associated with coastal adaptation planning given that places where people want to live are also high hazard areas (e.g. future land developments risks and ecosystem service impacts)?
Dan Zarrilli,PE | Director of Resiliency NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability
What lessons have we learned from large urban areas such as New York about reducing risks and increasing ecosystem services? Are these ideas transferable? What knowledge gaps and data needs are necessary for advancing coastal adaptation initiatives?
Panel Discussion , 10 min
Questions from the Audience , 5 min
What ecosystem services are relevant for coastal adaptation and long-term adaptive management? How well are these ES documented and incorporated into the models used by NOAA, FEMA and USACE to address risks and work on hazard planning? In working on the challenging effort to retrofit urban coastal land, how much data is needed? How do we couple data driven models with action oriented agendas and regulations?
Future Directions in Urban Ecology and Ecological Design. Tuesday, November 19th 4:00 – 5:45 Burke Auditorium
Join Urban Ecologists Peter Groffman, Diane Pataki and Alex Felson as they engage in a discussion with Yale School of Architecture faculty about urban ecological theories, methods, and tools. Brainstorm with them on methods to translate scientific information into tangible meaning for design.
Questions to be raised are: - How do we choose what metrics to study and what methods to apply for design? - How should we move forward in designing and constructing buildings and landscapes and measure their performance? - Are there design enhancements that can affect ecological processes and improve the environmental performance of urban areas? - How can experiments be implemented to study/design ecosystem process interactions in urban and suburban areas?