APA Studio Presentations

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Friday, May 12, 2017
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY

Event Type: Exhibition

Join us at Pratt Institute School of Architecture on Friday May 12th for the annual APA Studio Presentations! Planning students from Hunter College, NYU Wagner, Rutgers, Columbia and Pratt Institute will be presenting their studio projects to a panel of judges. Refreshments will be served!

Networking and refreshments start at 5pm, event at 6pm and more networking and refreshments after the event from 9-10pm!


5:00 PM
Opening Reception
Refreshments and networking

6:00 PM
Welcome and Introductions
Thomas Hanrahan- Dean of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Maxwell Sokol- AICP, President APA New York Metro Chapter
Alisha Beatty- Chair, Student Representative Committee, APA New York Metro Chapter

6:20 PM
Introduction of Moderator & Panelists
Moderator: James Rausse, AICP
Judges: Louise Harpman, Eve Baron, Jill Gross, Douglas Woodward, Juan Ayala

6:30 PM
Columbia University – Reimagining Chinatown
The focus of the “Reimagining Chinatown” studio has been to develop a framework to promote, preserve, and protect the historic singularity and cultural uniqueness of Manhattan Chinatown. Studio members have been working closely with the studio clients, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Lower Manhattan Council member Margaret Chin, as well as other community stakeholders, to identify neighborhood concerns and needs. The studio has performed qualitative analysis of past planning studies and conducted primary research on existing conditions. After conducting interviews and reviewing previous materials, the studio established there was a need for actionable plans to be implemented over short, medium, and long term time scales. The goals of the plans include: preventing displacement, supporting the area’s economic vitality and safeguarding neighborhood character.

7:00 PM
Rutgers University – Beyond the Threshold
The Rutgers’ studio team entered the 2017 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Com- petition, and was tasked with developing a comprehensive plan for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s (CMHA) 478-unit property located in Cleveland, Ohio. The site presented numerous challenges, including steep grade changes, zoning constraints on required parking ratios and building heights, and impersonal, barracks-like buildings that the housing authority indicated they would keep. The design re-imagined the site, forming a spectrum of semi-private and public spaces for all age groups, improving site flow, increasing energy efficiency, and adding a mixed-use building with community space for resident services. In addition, they developed a pro forma that used a RAD conversion, lower utility costs to facilitate the use of tax-exempt bond financing, and 4% LIHTC with limited subsidy for the redevelopment financials.

7:30 PM
New York University – Stewarding a Public Gem: A Roadmap for the Future of Rye Town & Oakland Beach
Rye Town Park is a 62-acre public park and beach in Rye City, NY, approximately 35 miles northeast of New York City. The Rye Town Park Commission manages the park and is composed of elected officials from Rye City, the Town of Rye, the Village of Port Chester, and the Village of Rye Brook, as well as appointees from Rye City and the Rye Neck section of the Village of Mamaroneck. In recent years, the Commission has struggled to develop policies to prevent degradation of the park while maximizing access to park users. Working with the Town of Rye, the Capstone team identified and engaged park stakeholders, investigated comparable case studies, and offered recommendations for a vision statement and appropriate measures of success. Until this point, park stake- holders had never had a platform to express their ideas and desires for the future of the park. The Capstone team executed informed research through numerous site visits, three public events, online surveys, and meetings with key stakeholders. Final recommendations relied on community input and established the groundwork for future park improvements.

8:00 PM
Hunter College – Across the Yards: Solutions for East Long Island City
Across the Yards examines the East Long Island City area south of Sunnyside Yards in Long Island City, Queens. The area serves more than 60,000 students and office workers in area dominated by industrial and manufacturing activity. Challenges include an abundance of safety issues, low retail activity, a near complete lack of open space, as well as real estate pressure on industrial space. Across the Yards’ clients, LaGuardia Community College (LGCC) Office of External Affairs and NYC’s Department of Design and Construction Town+Gown program (DDC), tasked the studio with developing holistic recommendations to address the complicated environment. Based on student charrettes, hundreds of surveys, data analysis, and secondary research, we developed a series of recommendations for the public realm, commercial activity, transportation, and industry and jobs. Our comprehensive vision for the area includes an ambitious “Loop” greenway, increasing commercial activity through land use measures, pedestrian improvements, improving auto circulation, densifying and preserving industrial space, promoting urban agriculture, and building a jobs pipeline between LaGuardia and local businesses.

8:30 PM
Pratt Institute – Affordable Housing in Jackson Heights
In Fall 2016, the Pratt Fundamentals of Planning studio worked with Chhaya CDC in Jackson Heights, Queens, an organization that advocates for the housing needs of South Asians in NYC, and developed comprehensive planning strategies to assist them with their Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone (BASE) campaign. Students explored existing conditions and trends in Jackson Heights, in relation to land use, urban design, demographic and socio-economic, and housing, natural resources, and potential impacts of climate change. Based on this research, the studio provided planning and programmatic recommendations associated with the multiple challenges and opportunities in the legalization of basement apartment units in the neighborhood. This included identifying best practices to guarantee the safety and quality of basement dwelling units, types of services that need to be in place to support the creation and maintenance of these units, and economic development opportunities that can bene t the community overall.

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