Disaster Preparedness in Gowanus

URBAN PLANNING STUDIO (Current - Spring 2018)


Professors: Ethel Sheffer + Graham trelstad

TA: Wesley Rhodes

Team: Kevin Borja, Dare Brawley, Tyrene Calvesbert, Pauline Claramunt, Yue Dong, Ashley Esparza, Shuyang Huang, Sean Nelsen, Francis Yu


Client: NYC Emergency Management

Our Client is New York City Emergency Management, or NYCEM. They are the primary coordinating agency for how New York City prepares and responds to emergencies. Currently, NYCEM is in the process of writing the the new 2019 Hazard Mitigation Plan, in which they are aiming to include an approach to disaster planning that focuses on community-based efforts to emergency response and recovery.

Our task, then, is to help NYCEM create a neighborhood-specific Hazard Mitigation Plan for Gowanus that would serve as an enhancement to the Community Preparedness Toolkit. Our work will be conducted at the local level in order to guide communities on how to evaluate their potential hazards, as well as teach them actions and interventions that reduce risk.

UBC REC Videos

Directed 2014-2015 UBC REC Media (comprised of 5 other team members)

Re-live the excitement and energy! It was a beautiful weekend and nothing made us happier than to see all the smiling faces paddle their hearts out. All footage is copyright UBC Recreation Intramurals and cannot be used or reproduced without the expressed written permission from the Department of Athletics & Recreation at the University of British Columbia.
Thank you to the participants, sponsors and special guests for making this years Lace Up for Kids fundraising for BC Children's Hospital Foundation in support of Rare Disease Research a tremendous success. This year, your efforts raised over $41,000.00. Can't wait to see you all next year!
The Faculty Cup is an event put on by the Faculty Cup Committee on campus to pit different faculties against each other in a UBC wide all-out battle. Check out the action from this years competition on Jan 29, 2015! Hope to see you out at next years event!
Storm the Wall returns to UBC on March 22-26, 2015. Register your team by March 13 to take part in the action or come out and support your friends during the event! Music Credit: Overtime by Cash Cash
Our Community & Kids Festival was a fantastic kickoff to our iconic annual event filled with energy and excitement. Thanks to Bobs & Lolo for coming out and putting on a show for us! Check out Bobs & Lolo's channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/bobsandlolo Song Credit: Lines by Said the Whale
It's been an exciting week at Storm the Wall. Bronwyn on our media team has been geting to know some of our participants - have you seen her around the course?
The sun came out on our thursday Festival when our iron men and women battled it out at the walls to try and be the first person to #getoverit. Song Credit: Lullabies (Adventure Club Remix) by Yuna
That's a wrap on Storm the Wall 2015! Thank you to the 806 teams, 3500 plus participants, and over 230 volunteers that helped to make this year's event the largest and most memorable in its history. Whether you raced, cheered, or volunteered we were happy to have you and can't wait to see you at the walls again next year!

Museum of Anthropology Featured Artist Program

Had to dig into the archives for this one... some of my super early professional work in video. Project had its limitations regarding equipment and mind you, this was 2013 before every DSLR under the sun had access to top of the line video features. Nonetheless, enjoy!

Duties: direct, shoot (photo and video), edit

This fall, we are excited to present a series of monthly "Featured Artist" videos, profiling artists whose work is available in the MOA Shop. First up is Kalsang Dawa, a traditional Tibetan Thangka painter based in Vancouver, who shares insight into the spirituality underlying his craft.
Kwakwaka'wakw and Haida weaver Meghann O'Brien talks passionately about the transformative process of working with mountain goat wool, while reflecting on her own transformation from professional snowboarding to weaving. See more interviews with artists in the MOA Shop here: http://moa.ubc.ca/museum-shop/artist-profiles/
Kwakwaka'wakw carver Rupert Scow is humble and profound, speaking to both the influence of his heritage and the discovery of his own personal style within his work. A wide range of Rupert's carvings are available at the MOA Shop. See more interviews with artists in the MOA Shop at: http://moa.ubc.ca/museum-shop/artist-...

Sketching Berlin

Analysis Through the Designer Lens, led by Professor Daniel Roehr and Douglas Paterson, brought graduate and undergraduate students on a 6-week journey of learning how to represent the "magic" of Berlin, Germany. The course provided the opportunity to explore and analyze the historical and cultural context of Berlin using sketching, diagramming and mapping to see/read, study, and graphically visualize its historic and contemporary urban design and planning, architecture and landscape architecture at the single lot, neighbourhood and city-wide scale. Below are a sampling of drawings from the several sketchbooks I filled throughout the trip.