Pedestrian Planning and Simulation

Have you had to wait in line to swipe your MetroCard or to climb a set of stairs? Ever felt like you might get pushed off of the edge of the train platform because there were too many people waiting?

It is the job of engineers like Eric Rivers of ARUP to engage these problems and other issues in planning for pedestrians and crowds. On 09.25.15 at a talk hosted by the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rivers walked us through some case studies of projects he has worked on at ARUP, the software they used at the time, and some of the new innovations now available. Continue reading “Pedestrian Planning and Simulation”

It’s Occupied, Now What?

On 09.18.15, the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) gathered together architects Julie Hiromoto, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Z Smith, principal and director of Sustainability and Building Performance, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Chris Garvin, AIA, LEED AP, managing partner, Terrapin Bright Green; and developer Michael Gubbins, LEED AP, senior vice president, Albanese Organization, to discuss their experiences with post-occupancy evaluation (POE). Continue reading “It’s Occupied, Now What?”