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6/18/19, 8am - 10am
Center for Architecture
1.5 LU / 1.5 HSW

New York City has officially kicked off the planning stages for the next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. Published every ten years, the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan outlines the strategic vision of the City’s waterfront for the decade ahead and has traditionally encompassed priorities such as expanding public access, supporting the working waterfront, and restoring the ecology of our shores. The plan is scheduled to be released in 2020, with public input beginning now. Hear from Michael Marrella, Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYC Department of City Planning, and Jay Valgora, AIA, Waterfront Management Advisory Board member, Founder, STUDIO V Architecture, as they discuss the last waterfront plans, goals of the new plan, steps ahead, and the launch of the Waterfront Initiative, a AIANY Cross-Committee Special Project.

To complete the event, one representative from each engaged committee (Committee on the Environment, Transportation and Infrastructure, Design for Risk and Reconstruction, and the Planning and Urban Design Committees) will join the stage for a Q&A panel with Michael Marrella.

Michael Marrella, AICP, Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYC Department of City Planning
Jay Valgora, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Waterfront Management Advisory Board member, and Founder, STUDIO V Architecture

Michael L. Marrella, AICP, is the director of waterfront and open space planning for the New York City Department of City Planning. Michael is responsible for directing waterfront policy for the agency and oversees the agency’s resiliency planning portfolio. He advises the City Planning Commission on the planning issues affecting waterfront and open space areas, and acts as the primary liaison to stakeholders including elected officials, community organizations, and private sector entities on matters of land use and economic development related to waterfront and open space. Michael is also the chief administrator of the City’s Waterfront Revitalization Program, the City’s coastal zone management program. Michael chairs the City’s Waterfront Management Advisory Board, a panel of experts appointed by the Mayor and the City Council who advise the City on all aspects of planning and policy for the City’s 520-mile waterfront.

Inspired by the grain elevators of Buffalo, New York, Jay Valgora, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, became an architect and planner. Mr. Valgora is passionate about waterfronts. He has been appointed by the mayor as a member of the Waterfront Management Advisory Board which is providing guidance to the Department of City Planning on the development of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan for 2020-2030. He is also on the advisory board of Urban Land Institute New York and participates in their Technical Assistance Panels on sites around New York City. Furthermore, he was integral in authoring the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) with the Waterfront Alliance to promote best practices for waterfront design, including greater public access, water dependent uses, and biodiversity with greater resiliency. His passion for urban design and architecture comes full circle as he is planning the adaptive re-use of the grain elevators that inspired him.

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Organized by
AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee
6/18/19, 8am - 10am
Center for Architecture
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