The Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) studio is a research effort in partnership with Cornell Landscape Architecture, Cornell Water Resources Institute and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program
CaD in the news
- Poughkeepsie to Serve as Host Community for Cornell University Climate Design Studio, September, 2021
- The River and the Real World, article on the CaD Studio in Ossining in Landscape Architecture Magazine, May, 2020
- Students sketch Ossining’s budding waterfront ideas, March 25, 2020
- Visit a CaD Phase II project at upcoming Weaving the Waterfront event in Kingston, NY on Saturday, October 26, 2019!
- The 2019 CaD studio goes to the Town and Village of Ossining!
- DEC Announces $250,000 in Awards to Improve Resiliency of Kingston and Piermont Riverfronts
Kingston III was our most recent Climate-adaptive Design studio in the City of Kingston. This project investigated planning and design implications of emerging municipal climate adaptation interests for the East Strand area in City of Kingston. Cornell Landscape Architecture’s 2018 LA6020 second year, second-semester graduate studio developed eight design concepts for the East Strand area. This set of alternative design strategies generated options for climate adaptation addressing a range of interests including floodable open space, marsh migration strategies, nature-based shoreline interventions, community features, and development interests while seeking to link interventions to the ongoing growth of Kingston’s waterfront.
Cornell Landscape Architecture’s 2017 LA4010 fourth year, first-semester undergraduate studio focused on the Piermont municipal waterfront situated along the mouth of Sparkill Creek as it enters the Hudson River about 25 miles north of New York City. Historically the Piermont waterfront was the location of a paper mill and coal-fired power plant. It is now a regional destination for recreation and leisure. Five alternative design concepts were developed for the Village of Piermont. Each generated options for climate adaptation providing a combination of adaptation, reinforcement, and relocation approaches.
“These new creative thinkers… opening the door to helping Piermont not only see the future, but to lead us into the future” - Vincent O’Brien, former village trustee, Piermont, NY
This was the Climate-adaptive Design studio's second site project in the City of Kingston. The design teams investigated planning and design implications of flooding and sea level rise on Kingston Point Park, a popular waterfront recreational location for Kingston's inhabitants. Cornell Landscape Architecture’s 2017 LA6020 second year, second-semester graduate studio developed ten alternative design concepts, with options for transitioning the recreational, ecological, and commercial assets of the area as sea level rise, flooding and other projected climate impacts shift the footprint of Kingston Point Park.
The Climate-adaptive Design studio focused on the South Bay waterfront area of Hudson, New York as the basis for this planning and design effort. Located well inland from the mouth of the Hudson River as it exits into the Atlantic, the city was once a strategic port for America's whaling industry. Cornell Landscape Architecture’s 2016 LA6020 second year, second-semester graduate studio developed eight alternative design concepts for the South Bay project area. Collectively the proposals generated options for floodable retrofit of historic buildings, floodable park spaces, maintenance of the rail connection to NYC with sea level rise, assisted marsh migration as water levels change, and flood-adapted development alternatives in certain areas.
"Thank you so much for coming… the work that I saw has completely changed the way I think about waterfront development" - Mayor Hamilton, City of Hudson, NY
This was the Climate-adaptive Design studio's first time worked with the City of Kingston, New York. The design teams focused on the Island Dock/Block Park area for our adaptive planning and design effort. The site is situated along the Rondout River waterfront, a significant Hudson tributary and harbor as it enters the Hudson River. Cornell Landscape Architecture’s 2016 LA4010 senior undergraduate design studio generated six alternative design concepts that sought to maintain the recreational, commercial, tourism, and ecological value of this part Kingston's waterfront as projected sea level rise and flooding increasingly impact the area over time.
The first Climate-adaptive Design studio studied the downtown area of Village of Catskill, New York. The downtown area has recently harbored a growing and vibrant art community composed of artists, galleries, and theater interests above the Catskill Creek waterfront. Cornell Landscape Architecture’s 2015 LA4010 senior undergraduate design studio developed five alternative design concepts for the downtown Catskill project area. Collectively, the alternative design concepts proposed strategies to reintroduce Catskill's waterfront as a key asset to the Village by enhancing circulation and access between the waterfront and downtown, creating attractive waterfront features, and improving the ecological and recreational value of the shoreline itself.
CaD in the news continued
- Confronting floods: protecting Piermont from Mother Nature 12/21/17
- Students envision future of Hudson River town confronting flooding 12/15/17
- Design for Hudson River waterfront wins national honor 10/31/17
- Cornell’s Hudson River Conservation Work Nets DEC Award 5/26/17
- How a Catskill floodplain becomes a stage 5/12/17
- Catskill's downtown revitalization gathers steam 8/12/16
- CatWalk design goes to the Village Trustees in Catskill 6/14/16
- CaD studio featured in the Cornell Chronicle 6/7/16
- CaD Hudson featured in the Register-Star Newspaper 5/21/16