The Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL), founded at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), uses planning and design to help communities and ecosystems adapt to the pressures of urbanization, inequality, and climate uncertainty.
Through interdisciplinary research, visualization of risk, project design scenarios, and facilitated convenings, CRCL works with public, nonprofit, and academic partners to deliver practical and forward-thinking technical assistance that advances project implementation. Through academic programming, CRCL integrates resilience thinking into design education, bringing real-world challenges into the classroom to train future generations of design leaders.
Established in 2018 with a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, CRCL extends Columbia University’s leadership in climate-related work and support of the interdisciplinary collaborations and external partnerships needed to engage the most serious and challenging issues of our time. Allied with the Earth Institute’s Climate Adaptation Initiative, CRCL works across the disciplines at Columbia University by bridging design with science and policy with the goal of improving the adaptive capacity of people and places.
A screening of a short video series, Van Alen Sessions Season 4: Turning the Tide in Miami, on November 15th, was followed by a panel discussion with Johanna Lovecchio, Associate Director at CRCL.
A screening of the film, This Changes Everything, on November 2, 2018 was followed by a talk with Thaddeus Pawlowski, Director at CRCL, and Corinne Erni, Senior Curator for ArtsReach and Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum.
On November 1, 2018, CRCL welcomed representatives from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) from various countries in the Middle East.