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The vital role of water in green growth was widely discussed at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France in 2012. Nautilus International worked with the World Water Council and their partner, the Republic of Korea’s government, to analyze how the protection and management of water resources can play a significant role for green growth in a rapidly urbanizing and changing world. In phase one, a report and policy framework was released at the Forum for discussion. Key proposals supported policy work at the United Nation’s conference on Rio+20 in June 2012, and resulted in a policy framework for action on water in green growth at the end of 2012. Read more about the Water & Green Growth project…

At the United Nation’s Symposium about Sustainable Development in Nanchang, China, Bonnie A. Harken had the honor of speaking on Reshaping Urban Waterfronts -- how to reshape waterfront sites to create sustainable urban environments while meeting the complex needs of 21st century cities. Harken also moderated a panel on Planning Urban Development at this Symposium which was attended by delegates from over 35 countries. Click here to read a summary of the presentation…

With Obama’s inauguration, the United States had a fresh opportunity to play a leadership role on the international stage and at the United Nations. A 2009 UNA-USA conference, Year of Change: New Prospects for America at the United Nations, addressed these opportunities in peace and security, human rights, and climate change. Bonnie A. Harken addressed the conference on how climate change impacts planning for urban waterfronts. Other speakers included UN Ambassadors and international government leaders.

"The Art of Pursuing International Work " explored the opportunities available for AEC firms outside the United States as well as the complexities of working on projects around the world. This breakfast program was moderated by Nautilus' President, Bonnie A. Harken, AIA and hosted by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) New York Chapter. The panel included experts in the key differentiators for success in global markets, including legal issues, financial considerations, and sustainable design and took place at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, Nautilus' President, was a part of the symposium, New York / Amsterdam 2040: Breathing, Eating, Making, Moving, Dwelling, about an exhibition of US and Dutch visions of sustainable cities in 2040, which explored the future of five basic human activities. Ms. Harken responded to the first panel that focused on Breathing and addressed how recreational activities can coexist with working waterfronts. She also served on the Advisory Committee for this exhibition cosponsored by the NY Chapter of AIA and Amsterdam's ARCAM.

A question facing port cities around the world is how to redevelop outdated port areas in ways that combine economic development with environmental sustainability. Bonnie A. Harken, Nautilus' President, spoke and moderated a discussion at the APA National Planning Conference in Boston; this panel of American and Dutch leaders explored innovative solutions in both New York and Rotterdam. Nautilus organized and led the Brooklyn-Rotterdam Waterfront Exchange (see project page) and is coordinating ongoing pilot projects to revitalize port areas in SW Brooklyn. Read the Field Report from the Conference on Urban Omnibus.

Rio+2016: Planning and Architecture for the Olympics brought to New York the excitement ignited by the selection of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first Olympic Games in South America.

Brazilian architects and planners designing the four sports clusters linked by a transportation ring spoke in New York for two evenings on their architectural and urban challenges. Nautilus' President, Bonnie Harken, who grew up in Brazil and worked in Rio, organized the event and moderated the first panel covering urban issues, which revolve around leveraging new Olympic infrastructure for Rio's future sustainability. Planning projects include expansion of the public metro, new bus rapid transit systems, revitalization of an historic port area, amelioration of water quality with Rio's freshwater lake & bay system, and improvements within the favelas. Rio+2016 was co-sponsored by the APA NY Metro Chapter's Waterfront Committee, which Ms. Harken co-chaired, and AIA NY Chapter's Global Dialogues Committee with the support of the Brazilian Consulate General.

"The Road Beyond Rio: The Olympics as Catalyst for Sustainable Urbanization",
2010 World Habitat Day, United Nations Headquarters

New York joined celebrations of World Habitat Day around the globe with a conference on "Better City / Better Life: Sustainable Urbanization." This panel explored how the Olympic Games served as a catalyst for building valuable urban infrastructure, such as transportation systems, and providing a lasting legacy of sports and recreational facilities. Can the Olympics also help create new jobs and housing, address environmental issues, support urban revitalization, and improve living standards? These questions were addressed with presentations about both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, followed by a response from Nautilus' President, Bonnie A. Harken, AIA & APA.

Bonnie A. Harken led a cross-Atlantic case study about Sunset Park in SW Brooklyn at the H209 Forum: Water Challenges for Coastal Cities - From the Dutch Delta to New York Harbor. The forum explored the importance of waterways in our coastal cities and challenges ahead on issues ranging from sea level rise to innovations in modern shipping.

In Dutch and American Planners Work Together at Hudson Quadricentennial, Bonnie A. Harken describe the cross-Atlantic design workshop. The workshop on Spatial Planning and Water Management for New Waterfronts brought together multi-disciplinary teams of 30 Dutch and American professionals. Harken led the case study on SW Brooklyn exploring climate change and the future role of infrastructure, as well as rethinking relationships between land and water to integrate public access and storm water management into development practices.

It can be challenging to get innovative sustainable designs approved and constructed. Bonnie A. Harken moderated a panel discussion about how to work with clients and public agencies to implement new sustainable solutions from rain gardens and green roofs to energy efficiency standards at Urban Waterfronts 27: Sustainable Solutions at the 2009 International Conference of The Waterfront Center.

Sustainable Planning & Design means many different things to different people. Bonnie A. Harken moderated a panel on what it means to be sustainable at the 2008 International Waterfront Conference. Speakers discussed large-scale urban waterfronts from the 32-mile master plan for the Los Angeles River to Detroit’s watershed and the award-winning "Floating Gardens" on Yongning River in China.

New York City:

"The Future of the City", presented work produced by the AIANY's Post-Sandy Initiative at the Center for Architecture in 2013. Our President, Bonnie A. Harken, AIA co-chaired the Waterfront Working Group which explored how a Waterfront Lab with well-planned "experiments" could help create a safer, more resilient city. The exhibit opened with a symposium on the connections between design and public policy. For more information, watch a video about the Initiative

In honor of Earth Day 2013, Nautilus' President, Bonnie A. Harken, AIA & APA and a panel of speakers addressed a spectrum of interconnected issues about the relationship of New York City to the water and how it can be strengthened for a meaningful long-term approach to resilient rebuilding. Following brief presentations by other waterfront experts, Ms. Harken spoke about opportunities for sustainable waterfront development and possibilities for innovative planning and design in New York City. The program, moderated by James Russell (Bloomberg News), explored New York City's risks and how architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and engineers can design solutions that address future needs of our waterfront. The program was hosted by the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Nautilus’ President, Bonnie A. Harken, AIA appeared on CUNY-TV (Channel 75). She spoke about Nautilus’ work with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to create a dialogue on the long-term future of six miles of SW Brooklyn waterfront. During this broadcast of Baruch/CUNY’s conference on "The Waterfront - A Brooklyn Model for Preservation & Change," Ms. Harken describes the possibilities for a "Green Tech Brooklyn" with thriving maritime businesses and innovative industries, cutting edge educational institutions, updated transportation, and a revitalized waterfront. Watch Part III of the video now…

The release of Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan in 2011 was the highlight of the year in waterfront planning. As APA’s representative during the advisory process, Bonnie A. Harken, President of Nautilus, spoke at the keynote session of the APA NY Metro Biennial Conference last October following a presentation by Commissioner Amanda Burden, FAICP on the innovative plan. Ms. Harken spoke on key planning issues and also organized the panel of multi-disciplinary speakers who explored Vision 2020’s new opportunities for planners, architects, and landscape architects. The conference, The Future of Planning: A New Paradigm, was sponsored by the APA NY Metro Chapter.

Cultural assets, from museums to public art, have the capacity to capture people's imagination, engage communities, attract investment, and inspire the revitalization of urban areas. Bonnie A. Harken recently presented Nautilus' work in downtown Flushing and West Harlem, New York, communities rich in history and culture, at a panel discussion on Metropolis New York: Culturally Driven Urban Development.

The redevelopment of New York's waterfront has created unprecedented opportunities to build new housing and bring people back to the water's edge. Bonnie A. Harken moderated a panel on New Waterfront Housing: Brooklyn and Queens which explored the unique planning and architectural challenges of today's waterfront residences and what makes for successful waterfront housing. Panelists ranged from Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica on the Queens West Development to Dan Kaplan of FXFowle on the Northside Piers in Greenpoint/Williamsburg, both under construction.

Bonnie A. Harken also moderated a panel discussion entitled Waterparks: Designing Waterfront Parks and Public Spaces at the Urban Center. Panelists included four leading waterfront open space innovators: Donna Walcavage, designer of Stuyvesant Cove Park; Michael Samuelian, Department of City Planning project manager for the Lower Manhattan East River Plan; Thomas Balsley, designer of Gantry Plaza State Park; and Jonathan Kirschenfeld, designer of a floating pool for the East River.

Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, President of Nautilus International, moderated the Waterfront Zoning & Design Guidelines' distinguished panel of speakers including Larry Beasley (Vancouver), Laurie Feinberg (Baltimore), and Laura Carstens (Dubuque) at the 2010 International Conference of The Waterfront Center. Ms. Harken currently serves on the Waterfront Planning Working Group for New York City's Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, Vision 2020.

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