Resilient Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A05 - Designing Innovative Habitats: Urban Infrastructure and Aquatic Habitat

Friday, October 20
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


With the proliferation of urban development in coastal cities, landscape architects have an opportunity to design urban infrastructure in a way that can simultaneously bolster aquatic habitat and create great public space. This session compares three case studies: Chicago Riverwalk, Elliott Bay Seawall, and Rebuild by Design: Living Breakwaters.

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Jennifer Dowdell

Landscape Ecological Planner and Designer

A landscape ecological designer and planner with Biohabitats, Jennifer focuses her work on landscape ecology, conservation planning, and living infrastructure, ranging from urban greenways to state parks and college campuses. From the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, the Chesapeake Bay and the Hudson River, Jennifer’s work merges ecological principles with innovative stormwater and landscape management in site design and master planning. She earned her MLA from University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Prior experience in writing and advocacy informs her work facilitating dialogue between the social and ecological narratives that inform our landscapes.


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Pippa Brashear

Director of Planning and Resilience
SCAPE Landscape Architecture

Pippa works with diverse teams to integrate landscape strategies that are sustainable and resilient, and that balance environment, infrastructure, development, and community quality of life needs. Her recent work includes developing coastal protection strategies for New York City’s Strategic Initiative for Rebuilding and Resilience (SIRR); and serving as a key team member in developing SCAPE’s winning Rebuild By Design proposal, Living Breakwaters. Currently in Schematic Design, Living Breakwaters is a comprehensive climate change resiliency strategy for the South Shore of Staten Island that will be implemented by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery with $60 million of CDBG-DR funding.


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Sara Cohen


Sara is a principal, co-founder, and landscape architect at ASK, a multi-disciplinary design/build practice in Cambridge, MA. Her work focuses on the design and construction of urban public spaces and is rooted in the belief that the most appropriate and innovative designs are born from the engagement of all site processes from historical to social.  Prior to ASK, she was at Hargreaves Associates and Sasaki Associates where she contributed to a range of projects, including the Chicago Riverwalk, the Lawn on D, and the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade at the Port of Los Angeles. Sara is adjunct faculty at RISD.


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Andrew ten Brink

James Corner Field Operations

Andrew ten Brink is an associate at Field Operations. He received a Masters of Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture with honors from Purdue University. Andrew is currently the project manager of the Seattle Central Waterfront and Elliott Bay Seawall replacement project. He has contributed to many of the office's project from concept to completion including Shenzhen Waterfront and Urban Design, Cleveland Uptown Plaza and Santa Monica Tongva Park.


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FRI-A05 - Designing Innovative Habitats: Urban Infrastructure and Aquatic Habitat

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