Catskill – 2015
The first cpmmunity-engaged CaD Studio took place in the downtown area of Catskill, New York. The downtown area has enjoyed increasing interest from a growing and art community. Recent parcel acquisitions by craftspeople, the American Dance Institute, and other businesses are positioning expansion of the downtown area towards the Catskill Creek waterfront. Older, historically significant buildings are being renovated to support these interests. Meanwhile, periodic flooding from Catskill Creek, which is projected to also be subject to sea level rise associated with climate change, threatens waterfront portions of Catskill’s downtown along the creek. Cornell Landscape Architecture’s LA4010 senior undergraduate design studio developed five alternative design concepts for the downtown Catskill project area. Each generated options for climate adaptation including floodable park spaces and flood-adapted structures, while seeking to link waterfront interventions to the ongoing revitalization of Catskill’s downtown. The four projects are described below.
Image by Madi Gawith and Garrett Craig-Lucas, LA4010 Studio, Fall 2015 Cornell University
Let’s Meet with Water!
This project is funded by NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.