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WEDG is Honored by the APA

The Waterfront Alliance’s Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) program has been chosen to receive the American Planning Association New York Metro chapter’s award for meritorious achievement.

The award will be presented as part of the APA New York Metro chapter’s annual conference, this year on Friday, October 30.

Titled “Shaping the New York Metropolitan Region: Planning Innovations and Disruptors,” the daylong conference will take place at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall. Organizers have put together a variety of breakout sessions, including “Post-Sandy Waterfront Planning in New York City,” “Leveraging Transportation Infrastructure Investment to Revitalize the Public Realm,” and “Planning the Open City.” View the conference schedule.

As part of the multi-year, multi-disciplinary process that produced WEDG, APA New York Metro chapter members gave valuable input. “The Waterfront Alliance’s WEDG program has become a dynamic tool for many waterfront stakeholders, particularly planners,” said Robert Balder, executive director of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in NYC, and chair of the APA NY Metro chapter waterfront committee. “Congratulations to the team and we look forward to working with the Waterfront Alliance as the program’s momentum continues.”

Earlier this year, the Waterfront Alliance’s Roland Lewis (president and CEO) and Michael Porto (director of outreach and planning, and WEDG project director) travelled to the national APA conference in Seattle to present WEDG to an international audience.

“We thank the APA for recognizing that the good waterfront planning and design practices promoted by WEDG have the potential to positively affect shorelines in terms of resiliency, ecology, and access here in the New York metro region and around the country for generations to come,” said Mr. Lewis.

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