Two Years Later -- Lessons and Opportunities in a Post-Sandy World: N.J. Mayor's Summit on Resilient Design

NJIT's Center for Resilient Design, in cooperation with the AIA Regional Recovery Working Group and NJ State League of Municipalities, hosted a summit on the two year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to convene N.J. Mayors and other public officials, design professionals, and others to address lessons and opportunities following the worst natural disaster in New Jersey history.

Through a series of presentations and frank discussions, local officials brought actual challenges to the table and jointly explored opportunities to recover and rebuild in a more resilient manner. The Summit Agenda focused on Resources, Strategies, and Solutions. Some mayors sent key staff to focus on implementation.

NJIT College of Architecture and Design faculty Georgeen Theodore, Susan Bristol, Matt Burgermaster, and Keith Krumwiede presented resilient designs of buildings, infrastructure, and communities, prompting responses and engagement by local, State, and federal officials. This free event connected mayors and design professionals seeking solutions.

Outcomes included identification of existing and potential funding, technical expertise, and legal and regulatory changes to make communities more resilient. Mayors gained tools necessary to make their communities more resilient.

Sponsored by NJIT's Center for Resilient Design, AIA Regional Recovery Working Group, and the N.J. State League of Municipalities.