Andrew Cantu, MUP 2015
Summer 2014
Organization:
New York City Department of City Planning, New York, NY, USA

Sponsor: Harvard Club of New York Fellowship

“As part of the New York City Planning Department’s resilient neighborhoods study of West Chelsea, a team from the Manhattan borough office met with representatives of the Whitney Museum of American Art to learn about flood protection plans the institution is implementing in their new Meatpacking District building. Located just a block from the Hudson River, the Renzo Piano-designed structure experienced significant flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. With construction at its early stages at the time, the vulnerabilities revealed by the storm forced the Whitney to adapt its construction plans in order to better respond to future threats. One of the mitigation measures involves a temporary aluminum barrier system that can be installed around the perimeter of the building. The system components are stored off-site and in the event of an emergency can be fully deployed within ten hours.”