The Hamilton in NYC Program visited the Department of City Planning and heard from Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning Michael Marella on March 28. He spoke about the role of the department in building the coastal resiliency of the city to naturally caused crises, such as extreme weather events related to climate change like Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
He also described ongoing work to update the Department of City Planning's Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, and the need to plan for infrastructural changes as flooding increases in frequency and are reach over the next few decades. A short video describing some of this work is available at youtube.com/watch?v=6QJYgm0fRHk
Conrad Hsiang '19 said "I found the talk to be really interesting as it was a unique opportunity to see the perspective of someone who plays a large role in design and planning for the city. This topic has been a large focus for this semester of Urban Ecology."