10 years after Superstorm Sandy, what do we know about the future of the Rockaways?

How will the Rockaways community look in 2050?

Which neighborhoods will be most affected?

Can all neighborhoods survive the anticipated sea level rise?

And what can the design community do to support these waterfront communities in the short and long term?

Our panelists, possessing a wide range of experience and knowledge from city planning to waterfront resilience to new development, will seek to answer these questions and explore the peninsula’s transformation.

Saturday, October 22, 2022


RISE Center

58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Queens, NY 11692

(A Train to Beach 60 Street – Straiton Avenue)

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Hosted by RISE (Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity) the event is organized by the School of Architecture’s RAMP initiative (Recover Adapt Mitigate Plan) in collaboration with the Housing Consortium, GCPE and UA at Pratt Institute.

The panel discussion will be preceded by a series of events organized by RISE, to remember ten years of storm recovery, climate adaptation, and community resilience.

Walter Meyer, Principal, Local Office of Landscape and Urban Design
Michael Marella, Director of Climate and Sustainability Planning, NYC Department of City Planning
Lida Aljabar, Urban Strategy, Resilience & Transformation
Deborah Helaine Morris, Urban Planner, Climate Adaptation and Housing

David Burney, Academic Director, Pratt Institute, MS in Urban Placemaking and Management

Ron Shiffman, Emeritus Professor, Pratt Institute, GCPE
Deborah Gans, Professor, Pratt Institute, Undergraduate Architecture