At a time when climate change and rising sea levels pose a threat to cultural resources across the world, an upcoming talk by Cooper Robertson's Scott Newman, FAIA, at the International Museum Construction Congress in Copenhagen will highlight innovative planning and resilient design strategies for safeguarding museum staff and collections.

Speaking on the topic of “Living with Water: The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Transformative Flood Mitigation Approach,” Newman, partner at the architecture and urban design firm Cooper Robertson, will examine specific flood mitigation and resiliency features used in the design of the The Whitney Museum, a new building on a Manhattan site sensitive to storm surges and rising water levels due to its location adjacent to the Hudson River.

In this session, Newman will discuss the design and planning process for the new Whitney — which was already under construction when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in October 2012 — and the lessons learned as the design team developed modifications, both permanent and deployable, to the Whitney’s structure that now protect against future storms. Cooper Robertson served as executive architects alongside the design architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Known as one of the world’s foremost museum architects, Newman has significant expertise in collections, space programming and museum design. Newman says, "Informed architectural design and strong technical knowledge can help today's museums safeguard their cultural resources and preserve collections for current and future generations."

Who:  Scott Newman, FAIA, at the IMCC

What: “Living with Water” — case study presentation on The Whitney Museum of American Art

When:  Tues, Nov. 7th, 2017, 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Where:  Copenhagen, Denmark

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