It’s been a year and a half since Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast region and the search for innovative solutions is still underway. Henk Ovink, the Netherlands’ acting director-general of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs, is now a senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and the creative force behind “Rebuild by Design,” a competition for architects, engineers, planners and community leaders to come up with ways to protect and plan for future storms and rising sea levels. Animal rights lawyer and author Steven Wise and his Nonhuman Rights Project are working their way through New York state courts in a campaign to win personhood for animals.
Also in the episode: The New York Times Op-Doc “Animals Are Persons Too” follows Wise and his team as they choose their first plaintiffs, four chimpanzees living in New York. The Op-Doc is from a new documentary film “Unlocking The Cage.” After the Op-Doc, guest host Jack Ford interviews Wise about this first-of-its kind court battle. And multimedia producer Marisa Wong takes us to the Two Bridges neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to see community leaders, children and architects bring a little free library back from a winter break. Architectural designer Chat Travieso designed the library for a spot outside a mixed-income affordable housing tower in the neighborhood as part of a project by The Architectural League of New York and the PEN World Voices Festival.
The WLIW21 local production of “MetroFocus” is premiering in the New York metro area Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21 and Thursday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and at 10:30 p.m. on NJTV.