Mapping Risk - Part 1, Introduction by Abby Suckle and
The recent tragedies in Haiti and Japan following closely on the heels of both September 11th and Hurricane Katrina have been grim reminders of the fragility of urban living and how we must organize ourselves to be prepared for any eventuality. This program will address how mapping can be and is being used as a tool for city agencies, architects, planners, and the general public to equip ourselves to survive these circumstances while they are happening and in their aftermath. The experiences of two cities - New York and New Orleans that have been impacted and their rebuilding efforts will be shared.
Illya Azaroff, AIA, RA, Assistant Professor, New York City College of Technology; Co-chair, AIA New York Chapter Design for Risk and Reconstruction
Dave LaShell, Senior Account Executive, Environmental Systems Research Institute
Dorothy Nash, Senior Associate, Geospatial Technologies, Office of Emergency Management
Alan Leidner, Northeast Regional Information Exchange Broker, US Department of Homeland Security.
Illya Azaroff, AIA is the founding principal for the +lab for architecture and experimentation in New York City. His cross disciplinary collaborations often result in site specific installations, performances and exhibitions. His work has been shown widely around the US, Asia and Europe. Prior to coming to New York in 1995 he worked in Germany, Italy and Holland. He was recently appointed the New York regional director for the AIA Young Architects Forum and is co-chair of the newly formed DFRR - Design for Risk and Rebuilding committee. Illya is on the faculty at CUNY and is serving as 2011 guest critic at SVAID here in New York.
Dave LaShell is a New York City geographer, and a senior account executive for ESRI - a geographic science and technology company. His responsibilities include strategic consulting and business development for the City of New York, transportation authorities in the region, and the City of Philadelphia. His experience includes management and implementation of GIS projects across a wide range of industries. His interests include sustainable communities, environmental awareness and conservation, social equity and effective government.
Alan Leidner, with a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, worked for thirty-five years as a planner and manager with New York City government. Starting in the late 1980’s he served as IT Director of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) where he initiated the City’s Enterprise GIS Program and oversaw the development of the City’s digital basemap. Mr. Leidner subsequently served as Assistant Commissioner in the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), in charge of the City’s GIS Utility. During this time he organized and managed the Emergency Mapping and Data Center (EMDC) which provided information and mapping services to 9/11 responders. Mr. Leidner is a recipient of the 2001 Sloan Public Service Award, the 2002 ESRI Presidential Award, and was awarded a Medallion and Certificate of Appreciation from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in January, 2004. Mr. Leidner is currently on assignment, through Booz Allen Hamilton, to the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD) to the Regions (HTTR) program, where he serves as the lead Information Exchange Broker for the Northeast Region including New York State.
Dorothy Nash is the Senior Associate for Geospatial Technologies at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. She currently serves on the board of the NYS GIS Association and co-chairs GISMO, the MetroNYC GIS users group. Brooklyn-born Dore graduated from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program/ITP in the pre-Windows era. She is best described as a public policy maven interested in impact of technology on (very!) large organizations as well as the use of emerging technologies for citizen and responder safety.