WHAT: Local mayors and state and federal experts will gather at NJIT to discuss how the state has recovered from two of the worst natural disasters ever to hit New Jersey: Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. Federal and state officials, prominent architects and top designers will also discuss lessons learned and what needs to be done to make New Jersey stronger.
WHO: Attending the Summit will be mayors and officials from Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security, Environmental Protection, Human Services, Interior and Community Affairs. Leading architects and designers from the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT and the American Institute of Architects Regional Recovery Working Group will also present their resilient designs of buildings, infrastructures and communities. NJIT students who've worked on design projects in studio and in the field will also present their work.
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 29, from noon to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Weston Hall Gallery on the NJIT campus, Summit Street, Newark.
WHY: The Summit is held on the second anniversary of Sandy to help mayors make their towns more resilient. NJIT's Center for Resilient Design, formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, serves as a clearinghouse for leading-edge information about stronger design and construction of buildings, infrastructure and communities.
OBJECTIVES: The officials will discuss how to implement resilient designs. Anticipated outcomes include the identification of existing and potential funding for projects and the technical expertise and legal and regulatory changes needed to make towns more resilient. Sessions on resources, strategies and solutions will enable mayors to leave the Summit with a network of contacts, new ideas and a better understanding of how to protect their communities from future natural and man-made disasters.
SPONSORS: The Center for Resilient Design at NJIT is sponsoring the Summit in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects Regional Recovery Working Group and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.