On Earth Day, April 22, 2008, the Design Trust for Public Space and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation will host “Park Design for the 21st Century,” a symposium on sustainable landscape design at the Center for Architecture. Presentations by prominent professionals and City officials will illuminate cutting-edge techniques for the creation of sustainable parkland.
The event celebrates the year anniversary of PlaNYC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s groundbreaking sustainability plan. The Design Trust shares the Mayor’s vision for a greener, more livable city, and has worked to help map a path to achieve PlaNYC’s goals. “Park Design for the 21st Century” will help the City bring its 29,000 acres of parkland into the new millennium by providing NYC Parks and Recreation with a sustainable design manual to be used citywide.
New techniques and innovative designs discussed at the symposium will inform the Design Trust’s upcoming publication, High Performance Landscape Guidelines, the third in our trilogy of sustainable design manuals. The Design Trust’s previous publications, High Performance Building Guidelines (1999) and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines (2005) set the stage for a paradigm shift in the way New York City is constructed. These two publications led directly to the enactment of local laws that encourage high performance construction, and also paved the way for Mayor Bloomberg’s recent sustainability initiatives.
Welcome remarks will be given by Deborah Marton, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space; Laurie Kerr, Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; and Charles McKinney, Chief of Design, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
- Moderator: Rob Crauderueff, Sustainable South Bronx
- “Bridging Ecological Research and Urban Design” Alex Felson, EDAW
- “Engaging Cities as Carbon Reservoirs” D H-Brandt, School of Landscape Arch., CUNY
- “Sustainable Site Design” Signe Nielsen, Mathews Nielsen
- “Sponge Parks: Neighborhood-Scale Planning” Susannah Drake, dLandstudio
- Moderator: Deborah Marton, Design Trust
- “Sustainable Stormwater Management” Tim White, eDesign Dynamics
- “Case Studies for Implementation” Marcha Johnson, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation
- “Queens Botanical Garden: Integrating Building and Landscape” Joan Krevlin, BKSK Architects
- “Queens Plaza: Interagency Collaboration” Margie Ruddick, WRT