Tarrytown will participate in Cornell University’s program to help consider climate-resilient design strategies for the waterfront

The Village of Tarryville proudly announces its selection as the host community for the Fall 2022 Climate-adaptive Design Studio. The Climate Adaptive Design (CaD) Studio is a semester-long course created by Associate Professor Joshua F. Cerra of Cornell’s Department of Landscape Architecture that connects students with communities along Hudson to explore design alternatives. design for more climate-resilient and connected riparian areas. Offered in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, the fall CaD studio will feature the work of third-year graduate students and take place from September to December 2022.

The Village of Tarrytown was selected to host the CaD 2022 studio through an application process open to all communities bordering the Hudson River estuary. Letters of interest were solicited in the spring and Tarrytown was chosen as the host site after a thorough review of seven candidate communities.

Mayor Karen Brown said of Tarrytown’s selection: “This is an honor and a great victory for the village of Tarrytown. This coincides with increased interest in our waterfront and will set the bar for sustainability and climate resilience measures in future projects.

The CaD studio helps municipalities assess their waterfront and develop a vision for integrating various uses in a way that is visually appealing, highly functional and resistant to flooding and other climate-related hazards. The studio sheds light on the choices faced by communities impacted by sea level rise, which is expected to continue through the end of the century and beyond. During and after the CaD studio, communities consider options, including nature-based solutions for stormwater and shoreline management, engineered shoreline reinforcements, adaptation of infrastructure at risk of flooding and flooding and strategic withdrawal from highly vulnerable areas. The CaD studio emphasizes design principles that embrace water-dependent and water-enhanced uses, utilize nature-based solutions, and anticipate changing conditions over time.

The CaD studio process begins with a site analysis to better understand the host community. Design students study land use, planning, zoning, local history, ecosystems, flooding, and sea level rise projections for the study area. They then meet with members of the community to get an idea of ​​the needs and interests of the municipality. Students refine design concepts based on information and feedback gathered from community meetings and seek to incorporate diverse perspectives into a sample of design ideas ranging from practical to visionary. At the end of the semester, student teams share their designs with the community at an on-site open house.

The work of the CaD studio continues after the end of the semester. Hudson River Estuary Program staff and partner organizations interact with the host community to identify design concepts with potential for future implementation and to share educational materials about the CaD studio at community events . Technical assistance and access to funding opportunities are part of the ongoing support provided to host communities wishing to advance CaD studio concepts.

Since 2015, the CaD studio has been working with the cities of kingston and Hudsonthe Catskill Villages and Piedmont, and the town and village of Ossining. In 2017, a design team from CaD studio won a National Honor Student Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects General Design for their Kingston Point-focused project titled “Weaving the Waterfront.” To date, Kingston and Piermont have received grants from NYS DEC to pursue the design and planning of CaD-inspired projects on their waterfronts.

The Tarrytown CaD studio will offer three visits by student designers, which will include meetings with community stakeholders. The first community meeting will take place in September, a design workshop will take place in October, and the final open house to share the resulting designs will take place in December.

Those interested in opportunities to participate in the Tarrytown studio can contact CaD team member Liz LoGiudice at [email protected] and can also visit the dedicated project webpage on the Village website for updates. up to date : https://www.tarrytownny.gov/village-trustees/pages/climate-adaptive-design-studio-cad.

Designs from former CaD studios can be found at https://trophic.design/cad/. For more information about the CaD studio, visit tinyurl.com/CornellCaD.