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Nautilus greatly regrets the death of our colleague Ann Breen, Co-Director of The Waterfront Center (TWC), in January 2022. "In Memoriam" by the Waterfront Alliance includes memories from Nautilus' President, Bonnie Harken. In addition to serving on the Board of Advisors and Executive Committee of TWC for ten years from 2003-2013, Ms. Harken spoke at numerous annual conferences, and participated on the jury for Excellence on the Waterfront Awards in 2003. TWC was a subconsultant on Nautilus' team on the Conceptual Plan for Waterside Activities for the Passaic Riverfront. Our work created a widely-supported framework for balancing public uses with profitable development along 2.2 miles of the river and was incorporated into Newark's Waterfront Redevelopment Plan.


Jury for Excellence on the Waterfront Awards, 2003
Ann Breen, front row center (Bonnie Harken, back row 3rd from left)


NBC Nightly News highlights resiliency planning at Battery Park City in their special 2020: The Year of Climate Extremes. Nautilus is working on the first segment of this innovative project as part of a team with AECOM (shown at 1:30 minutes). Watch video clip…



UNESCO and the iWSSM have begun publishing a series on global water security, including a chapter by Nautilus on "Water Security and Green Growth: Supporting Development While Safeguarding Water Resources" summarizing our research and policy analysis of international best practices. Visit UNESCO Digital Library for more information…



International collaboration around sharing water resources is becoming increasingly valuable as the world addresses the challenges of global climate change. In recognition of this, focused on "Sharing Water." Nautilus presented their work for the World Water Council in partnership with the government of South Korea at the world's largest water-related conference - World Water Forum 8 in 2018.

For "Water & Green Growth: Accelerating the Green Transition for All," Nautilus' President Bonnie A. Harken AIA described financial mechanisms to protect watersheds and summarized their case study on Quito, Ecuador pioneering use of water funds.

For "Green Transition for Enhancing Water Security for All," Ms. Harken spoke about the importance of a multi-pronged approach encompassing both centralized and decentralized infrastructure investments, modifications to public policies and institutions, and innovations in technologies to provide reliable and secure water resources. She illustrated those with Nautilus' case study in Gujarat, India. Both events were co-sponsored by K-water Institute, UNESCO-iWSSM and the World Water Council.


"Building Better, Building Smarter: Opportunities for Design and Development" is a collaborative initiative by the AIA New York Chapter's Post-Sandy Initiative addressing the impacts of the storm and effects of future climate change on New York City.

The Post-Sandy Initiative of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was awarded the national 2014 AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional Achievement. As part of this effort, Nautilus' President, Bonnie A. Harken AIA & APA, co-chaired a multi-disciplinary working group on waterfront issues.


Nautilus International won the national and New York State 2016 SARA awards for the Kingston Waterfront Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Step 3 Plan on the Hudson River and Rondout Creek as part of a team headed by P+W. Nautilus designed a waterfront management structure for the mixed-use plan and recommended updates to the design guidelines. Read more about the Kingston Waterfront Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Step 3 Plan.



Professional Activities: Ms. Harken served on the New York City Mayor's Waterfront Management Advisory Board, where she represented the NY Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association since it was convened in 2010 through 2014.


Successful waterfront revitalization often requires the ability to navigate complex permitting procedures. Our President, Bonnie A. Harken, AIA spoke on Nautilus' recent scientific research at "New Trends in Coastal Mitigation: A Detailed Look at In-Water Impacts & Mitigation in NYC" in 2017. This professional education session was sponsored by the American Planning Association Waterfront Committee and included speakers on wetland mitigation, and New York City's first wetland bank and available mitigation credits from the NYC Department of Parks and Economic Development Corporation. Ms. Harken presented key findings of Nautilus' Floating Structures Pilot Project: Fish Utilization & Response and Hydrodynamics & Sediment Transport, a study sponsored by The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in response to increasing demands for floating structures in NY Harbor to serve important regional needs, such as expanded ferry networks and climate adaption. Click here for more information…

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