"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
Hudson riverfront communities are facing increasing flood and other climate risks. Since the Hudson River is an estuary, it experiences daily tides and sea-level rise. The water has risen over a foot since 1900 and the rate of sea level rise has been accelerating.
By the 2050s, many communities could experience up to 30 or more additional inches of sea level rise, 4 to 6 more days with intense precipitation and 2 to 4 more heat waves each year, according to NYS climate projections.
Key themes emerge from stakeholder input that informs student designs, for example:
- Access and circulation
- Ecology + marsh migration
- Economic development + historic preservation
- Recreation + education
- Industry + commerce
The four-month design process begins with students studying the community’s natural watershed setting, NYS projections for climate change, and solutions for designing more climate-adaptive spaces, like floodable parks and wet flood-proofed buildings. Each community presents new design challenges and opportunities for innovation in adaptive design. Students infuse their designs with knowledge, opportunities and challenges specific to each community, that they uncover during multiple site visits and interviews with local stakeholders.
|Click here to download a one-page fact sheet on CAD|
CAD is led by Associate Professor Josh Cerra from the Cornell Dept. of Landscape Architecture, with help from Libby Zemaitis from the Hudson River Estuary Program, Todd Walter from the Cornell Dept. of Biological and Environmental Engineering, and Nava Tabak from Scenic Hudson.
After the CAD studio ends, the Estuary Program and its partners are happy to support the community to continue exploring design concepts and linking in potential funding and support.
|Click here to watch a webinar on CAD, with perspective from the City of Kingston studio|
CAD in the news
- 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