We study the dynamics of interacting social, ecological, and technical infrastructure components of urban systems for improving policy and planning towards more equitable, resilient, and sustainable cities.
On October 19, 2017 the Urban Systems Lab will host NYC Nature Goals 2050. Nature goals articulate what people want from nature and why. In formulating this set of 2050 goals and a Declaration of Rights to New York City Nature, the aim is to start a discussion about the future of nature in New York City, at a time of momentous change. Two significant trends are affecting the city and will continue to do so: a projected population increase of more than 500,000 people over the next 15 years and a changing and less predictable climate. Given the challenges that these phenomena will bring to our city, it is essential to affirm the rights of all New Yorkers to the benefits that nature provides.
On September 19, Katinka Wijsman served on a panel at The Center for Architecture in New York City titled "Everything Water 3.0 >> regional issues". Her talk "Politics of Infrastructure: Enhancing coastal resiliency in Suriname and beyond" discussed some of the political issues and challenges involved in coming to integrated regional approaches to coastal management issues. Fellow panelists included Henk Ovink (special envoy for international water affairs of the kingdom of The Netherlands), Claire Agre (principle, senior landscape architect at West 8), Kevin Bone (professor of architecture), and Arthur Umble (Stantec global practice leader). The panel was conveyed by author Tony Hiss, and organized by Donna Walcavage (Principal at Stantec).