Adjunct Professor - CCE
Worked for Edward Larrabee Barnes – J.M.Y. Lee Architects and SOM, New York , where she was an active member of PerFORMance group, a branch of Professional Development Committee, with a focus on environmentally conscious design; founded Oasis Design Lab LLC; co-organized the Organic Approach to Architecture symposium in 1999 and the book with the same title in 2002; authored the exhibition titled Autochthonous Architecture in Tyrol and the accompanying catalog in 1992; has taught at the City College of New York, the School of Architecture, University of Arlington, and Universitaet Innsbruck, Fakultaet fuer Architektur; contributing member to RAMP (Recovery, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Planning), an initiative organized by Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development in response to Superstorm Sandy, funded by Kresge Foundation.
Diplom Ingenieur, Universitaet Innsbruck, Fakultaet fuer Architektur und Bauingenieurwesen, Austria; M.S.Arch. and Building Design, Columbia University.
On-the-Working-WaterfrontFall 2016 Arch 400, Delta Cities Studio U.G Architecture [in collaboration with GCPE (PSPD)] Pathways to a Resilient south Bronx Inspired by the RAMP initiative (2013-2014) and the interdisciplinary approach to address the changing climate’s impact on the City’s vulnerable waterfront gave way to the Delta Cities Coastal Resilience curriculum. This time, the focus shifted from exclusively Superstorm Sandy affected areas to the City’s Working Waterfront for example Hunts Point in the South of Bronx. During Superstorm Sandy, the entire Metro New York area/region dodged a bullet; by the time the storm made its way to the Hunts Point, the high tides were receding and the hub of the distribution network, which supplies food for 22 million people, rode it with minor impact. Here, flooding of the Water Pollution Control Center and the wholesale food (meat and fish) distributors that are located on the low-lying shoreline, would have resulted in an environmental hazard of monumental scale. Titled On the Working Waterfront in Hunts Point, South Bronx, the Undergraduate Architecture Advanced Design studio, worked in tandem with the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (formerly PSPD) team. Together with NYC EJA, The POINT represented a coalition/consortium of local community organizations with the goal to advance South Bronx Resilience Agenda (SBCRA). The list included: Community Board 2, Sustainable South Bronx, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Mothers on the Move, Hunts Point Alliance for Children, Rocking the Boat, Hyde Leadership, Hometown Security Labs, Urban Health Plan, The BLK ProjeK, Food bank for New York City and South Bronx Community Resilience Alliance. ‘On the Working Waterfront’ design studio assessed forms of coastal protection, developed strategies for community preparedness and further envisioned opportunities for industrial retention in the area. They have developed innovative programs and appropriated siting for their proposals. For example, Matea saw an opportunity to focus on the waste management in the area. Keeping the solid waste from the food (produce, fish, meat, etc.) distribution centers in place would drastically reduce truck traffic and processing the waste through anaerobic digesters would yield power for local use. This eco-park would complement The Point’s emphasis on arts with science-based education, train all ages for new local jobs. Riya and Sam discovered the redundancy of the train tracks and proposed reviving the multi-modal transportation systems as an alternative to the truck traffic. Their project focuses on activating the waterfront with ferry for commuters as well as for goods. Ana engages the local community through the neighborhood’s existing culture and creates a narrative alike a path connecting the murals while Mrinalini and Thomas propose a multi-purpose center for truck-drivers (20,000 a day) which include recreational and health care facilities, eateries and shops as well as resting amenities elevated over the truck parking lot. Client Partner: The Point CDC Professor: Kuz, Zehra Students: Chen, Yuan Downer, Kristopher Fornasari, Thomas Gwalani, Samarth Kulusic, Matea Moser Marisa Patel, Riya Sanghani, Mrinalini Tan, Ana Jilllian Wong, Cynthia
Community Focus: South Bronx SMIA, NYFall 2016 SES 840, Design Studio GCPE/UG Pathways to a Resilient South Bronx, Hunts Point Currently NYC is undergoing a sea-change in it’s built environment; Super Storm Sandy was a wakeup call to the region, reminding us of our vulnerability to extreme weather events, and the future impacts of climate change. In the more than three years since, there has been considerable effort on behalf of the design community and various government agencies to try to address the issue of how our waterfront communities will deal with rising sea levels and potential degradation of our coast that sits in direct harm. These areas are at the forefront of what is to come in the next century. A wide variety of design proposals are underway towards implementation from Hunt’s Point in the Bronx, to Hoboken New Jersey, to Coney Island, each with a very different approach and community response. This joint studio effort takes an in-depth look at the issues facing coastal communities in the New York region in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The studio delves into the multiple shocks and stresses that are impacting the long-term resilience of these at-risk communities in order to generate holistic solutions to ensure social, economic and environmental sustainability, partnering multiple disciplines together to plan for resilient futures. The Fall 2016 studio will focus on the multiple coastal communities in the South Bronx Significant Maritime Industrial Area. The study area includes the communities of Hunts Point, Soundview, Longwood, Mott Haven, Port Morris, bounded by the Bronx River and the Harlem River. For a client, the studio will work primarily with The Point CDC, The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and their newly formed coalition of diverse South Bronx stakeholders known as the South Bronx Community Resilience Agenda (SBCRA). Together we will explore the challenges faced by people who live in this community and to focus on some of the most acute challenges that they face; including strategies within the five themes of: + Increasing continuity in coastal protection interventions; + Mitigating impacts of truck traffic; + Coordinating the development of community preparedness plans; + Industrial retention and workforce development; + Planning for growth in the face of real estate speculation. Client Partner: The Point CDC Professor: Stein Jaime Nandan Gita Jost Tom UA: Kuz Zehra Students: Akhtab Bilal Bazile Sabrina F. Blum Janna Chidananda Lekhana Fisher Lilli Gladstein Aeli Gonzalez-Rausell Maria Gabriella Kadekar Ashwitha Leung Karina Mach Dominick Marable Jonathan Philip Amanda Rupan Sarita Terry Kellie Yang Jian
The Courts of Sheepshead Bay: Community Recovery2016 Spring SES 840, Design Studio GCPE(PSPD) To set the context for the basis of this report and the need for an Integrated Flood Protection System, it is important to understand Superstorm Sandy’s profound impact on Red Hook. Almost the entire Red Hook neighborhood was flooded by storm surges coming from both the harbor and Gowanus Canal during Sandy. The water damaged homes, businesses, and infrastructure, disrupting lives and businesses. – In total, approximately 3,100 businesses along Red Hook’s waterfront, employing approximately 34,600 people, were impacted by the storm. Flooding of infrastructure posed many problems. Both electricity and gas service were interrupted for weeks in many residences, with the hardest hit being the Red Hook Houses. This was particularly concerning because seniors and those with disabilities were stranded on upper floors with no access to elevators. The important network of health and social service facilities were severely flooded, making it harder to bring important services to people in this time of distress. The sewers were inundated causing backups and allowing sewage to mix with floodwaters on the streets. Transportation throughout Red Hook was severely impaired, making it difficult to get to-and-from the neighborhood (RH.NYR.CRP). Despite the extreme difficulties facing Red Hook, residents, other volunteers from outside Red Hook, old and newly formed local organizations jumped in and showed an incredible effort to help the community. Many cite a slow response from the government, but others acknowledge that certain agencies, like NYCHA and the NYC Department of Sanitation, helped restore the neighborhood (RH.NYR.CRP). Since the immediate aftermath of Sandy, there have been numerous citywide recovery initiatives. As we conduct our studio, EDC is also undertaking a project to plan an Integrated Flood Protection System (IFPS) for Red Hook. Though we will not be working directly on the EDC process, the ideas developed in our studio can ultimately be used by community groups, such as NY Rising, to advocate to EDC for innovative, comprehensive and innovative solutions to flooding. Client Partner: Red Hook InitiativeProfessor: Stein Jaime, Nandan Gita, Jost Tom, Kuz Zehra(UA) Students: Alan Vlakancic Bamman Ashley Barbier Aurelie Bezemes John Clark Greyson Colross Christopher Cottone James Duraseau Yamile Fisher Elias Frederick Michael Gratzer Beth Gene Royce Johnsen Levi C. Levers Annie Lidstrand Karissa Paschall Daniel Promisloff Brett Riley Chris Sallows Gabrielle Savarese Katherine Selden Kate Tuachi Jessica Wyse Case
Common GroundSummer 2014 Arch 400, Elective Design Studio Undergraduate Architecture With the scars of two superstorms still visible, affected residents are awaiting government’s help to recover, repair and reconstruct their homes in the City’s vulnerable waterfront neighborhoods. These natural disasters caught NYC off guard; no one had the necessary coordination or places to go… The aftermath of hurricanes, rising water levels, rain and river floods cannot be addressed just by repairs; there is a need for strategies. With the commitment to explore design’s response to global warming and resulting environmental impacts in Metro New York, the summer design studio returned to the same vulnerable region of Jamaica Bay and continued to build upon the experience gained during the previous one (spring of 2014). Working with Jeanne DuPont of RISE (formerly Rockaway Waterfront Alliance) and her team deepened our understanding for local challenges and opportunities. The design studio explored forms of living-with-water in the North shore of Rockaway and the Broad Channel of Jamaica Bay. Ideas for coastal resilience, proposed/imposed FEMA regulations and prevailing local conditions informed the work. While buildings were conceived to either float or be elevated above the BFE or DFE lines in order to survive the rising waters, renewable energy sources were integrated into designs for connectivity as innovative programs would allow buildings to transform from commercial (activity) places to emergency centers… The studio aimed to create a go-to-place, a COMMON GROUND for ALL, which serves a dual purpose as a destination in times of disaster and during normalcy; a place where communities coalesce and draw strength but also engage in economic development as long as their beautiful waterfront towns continue to exist. Communitys Partner: RISE (formerly Rockaway Waterfront Alliance – RWA) Professor: Zehra Kuz Students: Costantini Frank D. Ho Joanne Juncadella Carolina Lee Sairom Noh Keumbi Park Jaewoo Pieri Stacey Pyon UnJae Shin John Sueldo Walter Velasquez Oskar Tenguerian Berj Toja Nicole Mattos
H.O.W.2 (House on Water 2) Amphibious Housing DevelopmentSpring 2014 Arch 400, Elective Design Studio Undergraduate Architecture When Metro New York experienced two extreme weather events back-to-back (hurricane Irene in 2011 and the Superstorm Sandy in 2012), the concept of 100-year-events (categorized based on their return frequency) and the perception of changing climate/global warming has forever changed. During the Superstorm Sandy, several weather systems converged and arrived at New York Harbor during high tide, devastating the surrounding coastal communities. Since then, City, State and Federal offices are mobilized; FEMA is redrawing New York City flood zone maps and rethinking strategies for coastal resilience. The studio aimed to investigate alternate approaches to City’s plans/policies to restore impacted neighborhoods, especially the build-it-back program that addresses the needs of one house at a time. The students began investigating the fragile relationship between landlocked systems and waterborne ones focusing on the Rockaway peninsula, a barrier island which to the South defines/frames the Jamaica Bay. Attached to the City’s transportation web with few roadways and bridges, this low-lying sand dune is susceptible to flooding even with tidal movements. In this setting we worked closely with RISE team (formerly RWA) and integrated their local experience into our approach. Expected to weather future storms, the studio experimented with amphibious housing developments in the basins along the Jamaica Bay shoreline. While the existing and proposed marinas would give way to these floating communities, the House(s) On Water would be off the grid and developed on a minimum carbon footprint. Aspects of natural and man-made infrastructure for connectivity and coastal protection as well as buoyancy and building systems are further developed thanks to Local Office Landscape and Persak and Wurmfeld naval architect’s offices. Client Partner: Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) Professor: Zehra Kuz Students: Anderson, Erik Marcano, Javier Silva, Alberto Yeung, Chiwa Wang, Huadong Nguyen, Viet Thao