The Hamilton in NYC program heard from Hannah Davis, a designer with SCAPE, a landscape architectural firm that seeks “to create positive change in communities by combining regenerative living infrastructure and new forms of public space” on March 7. This talk rounded off nicely many topics the NYC class had been exploring, especially the issue of what values should go into urban planning.
Davis described the firm's work, including the Living Breakwaters project being implemented by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), and which "links in-water infrastructure with on-shore education and outreach, to help increase awareness of risk, enhance ecologies, and bring local school curriculum to the waterfront.” These examples sought to give a holistic picture as to how an urban plan should be laid out, and how it comes into being.
"It was reassuring to hear from someone who is working on practical, long-term projects that address urban ecological problems that we have been discussing throughout the semester, like dwindling biodiversity and increased environmental catastrophes,” said Matt Albino ’19. “I particularly enjoyed how Hannah discussed SCAPE’s interactions with other organizations, like the Billion Oyster Project, showing the benefits of coalition building between organizations working on urban ecology project in New York City.”
Later, the program attended a guided tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a focus on Art and Power, reviewing artifacts from Oceania, Egypt, China, and France from a wide range of periods.