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Thursday, February 23, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Susannah Drake on sustainable, urban architecture

Ms Drake's work specializes in sustainable architecture, much of it focused in the urban environment. Her firm, dlandstudio, is currently planning a massive project in Brooklyn to bridge communities that have been separated since the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The new park would connect existing parks on either side of the BQE and introduce plant life to create a new green space.

"Rising Currents: A New Urban Ground" is a partnership by dlandstudio and Architecture Research Office (ARO), which began as an exhibition at MoMA. The plan takes into account the projections of rising sea levels over the course of the next century, and creates a striking re-imagining of the Manhattan waterfront, designed to protect the land from erosion. Other smart water-management design includes a street that is made of porous material that absorbs rainwater, preventing runoff.

In addition to her work at dlandstudio, Ms Drake holds the position of Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union and Adjunct Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a graduate of Harvard University with an M. Architecture & M. Landscape Architecture.

Ms Drake's work specializes in sustainable architecture, much of it focused in the urban environment. Her firm, dlandstudio, is currently planning a massive project in Brooklyn to bridge communities that have been separated since the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The new park would connect existing parks on either side of the BQE and introduce plant life to create a new green space. "Rising Currents: A New Urban Ground" is a partnership by dlandstudio and Architecture Research Office (ARO), which began as an exhibition at MoMA. The plan takes into account the projections of rising sea levels over the course of the next century, and creates a striking re-imagining of the Manhattan waterfront, designed to protect the land from erosion. Other smart water-management design includes a street that is made of porous material that absorbs rainwater, preventing runoff. In addition to her work at dlandstudio, Ms Drake holds the position of Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union and Adjunct Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a graduate of Harvard University with an M. Architecture & M. Landscape Architecture.

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