Climate-adaptive Design Studio (CaD)

The Village of Tarrytown proudly announces its selection as the host community for the fall 2022 Climate-adaptive Design Studio. The Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) Studio is a semester-long course created by Cornell Department of Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Joshua F. Cerra that links students with Hudson riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for more climate resilient and connected waterfront areas. Offered in collaboration with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, the fall CaD studio will feature the work of third-year graduate students and will take place from September through December of 2022.

The CaD studio assists municipalities in evaluating their waterfront and developing a vision for integration of diverse uses in ways that are visually appealing, highly functional, and resilient to flooding and other climate-related risks.  The studio highlights the choices faced by communities impacted by sea-level rise, which is projected to continue through the end of the century and beyond.  During and after the CaD studio, communities examine options, including nature-based solutions for stormwater and shoreline management, engineered shoreline reinforcements, adaptation of infrastructure at risk of flooding and inundation, and strategic retreat from highly vulnerable areas.  The CaD studio emphasizes design principles that embrace water-dependent and water-enhanced uses, utilize nature-based solutions, and anticipate changing conditions over time.

The CaD studio process begins with a site analysis to better understand the host community.   Student designers study land use, planning, zoning, local history, ecosystems, flooding and sea-level rise projections for the study area.  They then meet with community members to develop insights into the needs and interests of the municipality.  Students refine design concepts based on the information and feedback gathered during the community meetings, and seek to incorporate diverse perspectives into a cross section of design ideas ranging from the practical to the visionary.  At the end of the semester, student teams share their designs with the community at an on-site open house.

The Tarrytown CaD studio will feature three visits by student designers, which will include meetings with community stakeholders. The first community meeting will take place in September, a design workshop will take place in October and the final open house to share the resulting designs will take place in December.

CaD Studio Website

Fact Sheet about the CaD Studio

Designs from Past CaD Studios

Press Release announcing Tarrytown Participation