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Thursday, October 23
 

9:00am

Welcome and Introduction
Speakers
avatar for Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla

President, Municipal Art Society of New York and President, RGV
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a five-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. Most recently he and designer and architect David Rockwell launched RGV, a venture company focused on design-driven businesses. In early 2009, he became President of the Municipal Art Society of New York... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 9:00am - 9:10am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

9:10am

Penn 2023: Where Will the Garden Go?

Last year MAS and the RPA unveiled Penn 2023, a report outlining a bold vision for a new Penn District in West Midtown. This session will cover new ways of thinking about and enhancing the Penn district – including options for a relocated Madison Square Garden – and what these changes could mean for the country's busiest train station.


Introduction
avatar for Hugh Hardy, FAIA

Hugh Hardy, FAIA

Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration
Hugh Hardy has built and reshaped America’s cultural landscape through architecture. Over his 40 year career, Mr. Hardy’s work is consistently recognized by civic, architectural, and preservation organizations for a progressive spirit and sensitive understanding of context. Mr. Hardy is the founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, known for design of distinctive new buildings, restoration of historic structures... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Chang, AIA

Vincent Chang, AIA

Partner, Grimshaw Architects
Vincent Chang has been with Grimshaw since 1996 and was appointed Partner in 2005. His experience spans a diverse range of sectors, including intermodal transportation, research and educational projects and cultural buildings. Mr. Chang has led numerous award winning projects: Fulton Center, Via Verde – the Green Way and Horno³: Museo del Acero. He is currently leading the design of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Holmes, AIA

Jeffrey Holmes, AIA

Director, Woods Bagot
Jeffrey Holmes is a Director and founding leader of Woods Bagot’s New York studio. Since its inception, the studio has been a global leader in designing innovative, large-scale urban projects in New York and around the world. Recent and ongoing Woods Bagot New York projects include the 431 meter tall Chongqing Tower, the new Four Seasons Hotel in Delhi and a number of high-rise residential buildings in New York City. Mr. Holmes holds a... Read More →
avatar for Jill Lerner, FAIA

Jill Lerner, FAIA

Principal, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
With over 30 years of design and management experience, Jill Lerner has led the design of numerous award-winning academic and institutional research facilities projects for public and private clients throughout the United States. As a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, she is responsible for all aspects of project management and design, and is the primary client contact during all phases—from initial programming and conceptual... Read More →
avatar for Margaret  Newman, FAIA

Margaret Newman, FAIA

Executive Director, The Municipal Art Society of New York
Margaret Newman is the Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York.  She brings 20 years of experience as an architect and urban planner in New York to her role leading MAS, which advocates for a built environment that supports economic growth, cultural diversity, and resiliency. Prior to joining MAS, Ms. Newman served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation where she spearheaded major agency... Read More →
avatar for Thomas K. Wright

Thomas K. Wright

Executive Director, Regional Plan Association
Tom Wright is Executive Director of Regional Plan Association. He has steered many of the organization's key initiatives, including the Draft vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006) and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York- New Jersey- Connecticut Metropolitan Area (1996). Previously, he was deputy executive director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning, where he coordinated production of the New Jersey State... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 9:10am - 9:45am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

9:45am

Less in Common: The Vanishing Neighbor
Speakers
avatar for Marc J. Dunkelman

Marc J. Dunkelman

Fellow in Public Policy, Brown University's A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions
Marc J. Dunkelman is a Fellow in Public Policy at Brown University’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and a Senior Fellow at the Clinton Foundation. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, and National Affairs, among other publications. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


Thursday October 23, 2014 9:45am - 9:55am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

9:55am

Community Based Resilience: Developing Innovation Networks from the Ground Up
Strong social networks have proven invaluable during emergencies like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.  They also make it possible for neighbors to exchange ideas, interests, resources, and build relationships during times of calm. How can we develop social networks that build community resilience?  

This session is supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. 

Speakers
avatar for Councilmember LaToya Cantrell

Councilmember LaToya Cantrell

District ‘B’ City Councilwoman, New Orleans City Council
LaToya Cantrell was elected as District "B" Councilmember in December 2012 and re-elected without opposition in February 2014. Previously, she was a nonprofit management executive for over 10 years, where she gained valuable experience in education reform, strategic planning, neighborhood revitalization, financial management, economic development and grass roots organizing. Post-Katrina, she led the citizens’ fight to save Broadmoor after... Read More →
avatar for Mary Rowe

Mary Rowe

(Moderator) Director, Urban Resilience and Livability, Municipal Art Society of New York
Mary W. Rowe is Director, Urban Resilience and Livability at MAS, an advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement.  Mary directs resilience work at MAS, including convening and community engagement to build local resilience-building strategies, and support of the regional Rebuild By Design, a collaborative initiative of the... Read More →
avatar for Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor

Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor

Founder & CEO, Urban Upbound
Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor has lived in and around Queensbridge Houses for most of his life. In 1991, he was installed as Senior Pastor of the Center of Hope International (COHI), a non-denominational church adjacent to the Queensbridge Houses. For over a decade COHI has provided a safe place for hundreds of children in its after-school program and has fed thousands of families through its Bread of Life food pantry. In 2004, convinced that a... Read More →
avatar for Kellie Terry-Sepulveda

Kellie Terry-Sepulveda

Executive Managing Director, The Point
A native daughter of the Bronx, Kellie Terry-Sepulveda was born and raised in Highbridge where she first discovered the power of community organizing. Following a strong desire to serve young people from her own community, Ms.Terry-Sepulveda found her way to THE POINT CDC by serving as The Youth Program Coordinator. Currently, Ms.Terry-Sepulved is the Executive Managing Director of THE POINT CDC, where she oversees program development... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 9:55am - 10:20am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

10:20am

Remarks by Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl
Speakers
avatar for Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl

Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Tom Finkelpearl is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In this role he oversees city funding for nonprofit arts organizations across the five boroughs and directs the cultural policy for the City of New York. Prior to his appointment by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Finkelpearl served as Executive Director of the Queens Museum for twelve years starting in 2002, overseeing an expansion that doubled the... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 10:20am - 10:25am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

10:25am

The Role of Artists in Creating Whole Communities

One of the hallmarks of successful cities is a dynamic creative sector that contributes to the vibrancy of neighborhoods, and to the life of the city as a whole.  How do artists—as designers, as activists, as provocateurs, as bridge-builders—connect disparate parts of the city and different communities to one another?


Introduction
avatar for Kitty Hawks

Kitty Hawks

Founder, Kitty Hawks Interior Design
Kitty Hawks is an interior designer and founder of her own design firm. Her clients have included Agnes Gund, Michael Ovitz, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, and Tom and Meredith Brokaw. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Elle Decor and “O” Magazine, among others. An energetic advocate for improving New York’s built environment, she has been involved in issues ranging from sustainability to the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zita Cobb

Zita Cobb

President, Shorefast Foundation
Zita Cobb is most recognized for her work with the founders of JDS Fitel (subsequently JDS Uniphase) building the company into one of the most successful high-tech innovators in history. Work brought opportunity for travel where Zita saw first-hand that rural places around the world were in great peril. With this in mind Zita co-founded Shorefast Foundation. As President of Shorefast, Zita has overseen the development of Fogo Island Inn and the... Read More →
avatar for Christy MacLear

Christy MacLear

(Moderator) Executive Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Christy MacLear is the Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.  The Foundation oversees the artwork Bob Rauschenberg, manages a philanthropic program based on his interests, and has recently opened an artist residency on his compound in Captiva Florida. Her career has been defined by starting up projects or institutions which intersect business strategy with culture in the areas of architecture, design and art.  She... Read More →
avatar for Margery Arent Safir

Margery Arent Safir

Founder and Executive/Artistic Director, The Arts Arena and The Arts Arena International Inc. Professor of Comparative Literature Emerita, The American University
Margery Arent Safir is Professor  Emerita of Comparative Literature at The American University of Paris and was a member of the research group CRICCAL at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle.  She is the author, co-author, and general editor of works on the leading figures of contemporary Latin American literature, including Earth Tones: The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, with Manuel Durán.  She has also collaborated with distinguished scientists... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Streb

Elizabeth Streb

Artistic Director, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics
Elizabeth Streb was born in 1950 and has been testing the potential of the human body ever since. The preeminent Extreme Action Architect, Streb is "a rascal", "a genius" and dance's answer to punk rock. She founded her company in 1985 and became a MacArthur Foundation fellow in 1997. In 2003 she founded the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She also wrote the book STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero... Read More →
avatar for Dustin Yellin

Dustin Yellin

Founder & Director, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation
Born in California in 1975 and raised in Colorado, Dustin Yellin is a contemporary artist and the founder of Pioneer Works, Center for Art + Innovation, a 27,000 square foot iron works building converted into a not-for-profit multidisciplinary space. This past summer, Yellin received the first ever Nelson Mandela Award, presented by the PTTOW and Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Triptych, Yellin's 12-ton sculpture, was recently shown at the... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 10:25am - 10:55am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

10:50am

Recording the Urban Palimpsest: Poetics and Ecology Designed
The Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial Park site is a complex layered one. It was last used in 19th and early 20th centuries, as an unmarked burial ground, and has since remained vacant. Now the site will be activated as the first open space node along the Brooklyn Greenway, creating an experience of landscape and planted form that offers retreat, remembrance, and engaged observation. The plantings of the memorial meadow focus on establishing much needed native plant fodder for the many forgotten pollinators critical to the ecological health of the region, including butterflies, honey bees, and pollinator moths. This immersive meadow experience informs the public of the importance of pollinator habitat in the urban environment while symbolically attracting many forms of life to a place that has historically commemorated death. Initially planted in a strict rectilinear pattern reinforced by steel cable frames that reference burial plots, the plantings will eventually drift across the site, to create new patterns and establishing a self-sustaining, ‘open-ended’ ecology.  The Fred Sandback inspired cabled frames will remain in place as a datum that records the dynamic movement of the plant communities over time preserving a physical form of remembrance. 

Speakers
avatar for Thomas L. Woltz, CLARB, FASLA, NZILA

Thomas L. Woltz, CLARB, FASLA, NZILA

Principal & Owner, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) with offices in New York City, Charlottesville VA, and San Francisco CA. In 2011, he was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors achieved in the profession. In 2013, he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. His design work infuses places where people live, work, and... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 10:50am - 11:00am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:05am

Design and the Spatial City
Speakers
avatar for Margaret  Newman, FAIA

Margaret Newman, FAIA

Executive Director, The Municipal Art Society of New York
Margaret Newman is the Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York.  She brings 20 years of experience as an architect and urban planner in New York to her role leading MAS, which advocates for a built environment that supports economic growth, cultural diversity, and resiliency. Prior to joining MAS, Ms. Newman served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation where she spearheaded major agency... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 11:05am - 11:10am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:10am

The State of Design in the City
Introduction
avatar for Gabriel Calatrava

Gabriel Calatrava

MAS Director and Architect & Engineer, Santiago Calatrava
Gabriel Calatrava works with internationally acclaimed architecture and engineering firm, Santiago Calatrava. Noted for the iconic white cantilevered bridges, Calatrava’s structures gracefully transform and give new life to the urban landscapes in which they are built across the globe.  A citizen of the world, Mr. Calatrava has studied both engineering and architecture here in New York, at Columbia University. Mr. Calatrava is also a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Fred Iseman

Fred Iseman

Vice Chair, Municipal Art Society of New York and Chairman & CEO, CI Capital Partners
Frederick J. Iseman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CI Capital Partners, which he founded in 1993. Mr. Iseman has over 24 years investing experience in private equity. He is chairman of KIK Custom Products and Ply Gem Industries. Mr. Iseman is also a director of A-T Solutions, Foundation Building Materials, Galls, Interactive Health, IntraPac, Maroon Group, PT Network, Tech Air and Total Fleet Solutions. From 1990-1993, he ran... Read More →
avatar for Signe Nielsen, FASLA

Signe Nielsen, FASLA

Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C. and President, Public Design Commission of the City of New York
Signe Nielsen has been practicing as a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. Her body of work has renewed the environmental integrity and transformed the quality of spaces for those who live, work and play in the urban realm.  A Fellow of the ASLA, she is the recipient of over 100 national and local design awards for public open space projects and is published extensively in national and international publications... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 11:10am - 11:20am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:20am

Public Spaces in Temporary Settlements: The Risk of Feeling at Home
Introduction
avatar for Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla

President, Municipal Art Society of New York and President, RGV
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a five-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. Most recently he and designer and architect David Rockwell launched RGV, a venture company focused on design-driven businesses. In early 2009, he became President of the Municipal Art Society of New York... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Kimmelman

Michael Kimmelman

Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Michael Kimmelman is an American author, critic, columnist and pianist. He is the architecture critic for The New York Times and has written on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development and social responsibility. In March, 2014, he was awarded the Brendan Gill Prize for his "insightful candor and continuous scrutiny of New York's architectural environment" that is "journalism at its finest."


Thursday October 23, 2014 11:20am - 11:35am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:35am

One Vanderbilt: Shared Ground in the Heart of the City
Speakers
avatar for James von Klemperer, FAIA

James von Klemperer, FAIA

Design Principal, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
James von Klemperer is the Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox, where he has been responsible for award-winning projects of many different programs and scales. His philosophy centers on the social, economic and cultural benefits of urban density as his work explores opportunities to integrate public space with varied program and connectivity. He is especially interested in the capacity of skyscrapers to contribute to the urban fabric... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 11:35am - 12:45pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:45am

New Ideas Need Old Buildings: Next Generation Preservation
Next year the NYC Landmarks Law turns 50. With this milestone in mind panelists will discuss the continued significance of our historic assets, and how new innovative and holistic approaches might propel the preservation agenda into the future.

Introduction
avatar for Richard A. Brown

Richard A. Brown

Vice President of Philanthropy, American Express
Richard Brown is the Vice President of Philanthropy at American Express where he oversees the company’s global giving programs under the Historic Preservation and Leadership giving themes, which includes the National Treasurers program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the World Monument Fund’s Watch List, as well as the American Express Leadership Academy.  Additionally, Mr. Brown was a key presenter of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Boyer

Bryan Boyer

Partner, Dash Marshall
Bryan Boyer is co-founder of Makeshift Society, a shared workspace and community center for creatives in San Francisco and Brooklyn. He's also partner at Dash Marshall, a small studio designing buildings and the speaces between them, and serves on the Board of Directors at Public Policy Lab in NYC. While at the Finnish Innovation Fund Mr.Boyer was a founding member of Helsinki Design Lab, and internationally- recognized platform for strategic... Read More →
avatar for David Fixler, FAIA

David Fixler, FAIA

Principal, EYP/Architecture and Engineering
David Fixler is a Principal and Director of Preservation at EYP specializing in the rehabilitation of works of the modern movement, including buildings such as Alvar Aalto’s Baker House at MIT, and Louis Kahn’s Richards Labs at the University of Pennsylvania.  A frequent teacher, writer and lecturer, David’s work has been published internationally and he has helped organize numerous conferences on a wide-range of... Read More →
avatar for Manuela Holterhoff

Manuela Holterhoff

(Moderator) Chief Culture Critic, Bloomberg
Manuela V. Hoelterhoff is a writer and editor whose wide range of topics includes art, architecture, music, animals, travel and books. Ms. Hoelterhoff received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1983 and is currently a culture columnist for Bloomberg News. Ms. Hoelterhoff, who was born Hamburg, Germany, started her career at William F. Buckley's National Review before joining The Wall Street Journal as critic, arts editor and member of the... Read More →
avatar for Richard Olcott, FAIA, FAAR

Richard Olcott, FAIA, FAAR

Partner, Ennead Architects
Richard Olcott, a Partner in Ennead Architects, creates award-winning buildings that are at once expressive of their missions and integral to their specific contexts. Focused principally on buildings for cultural, academic and governmental institutions, notable projects include the Yale University Art Gallery, Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, William J. Clinton Presidential Center, WGBH Headquarters and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Otero-Pailos

Jorge Otero-Pailos

Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University
Jorge Otero-Pailos is an architect, artist and theorist soecialized in experimental preservation. He leads an award-winning international practice devoted to advancing preservation as a forward-looking creative field, and has received distinctions such as UNESCO's PRominent Professional Award. He contributes broad expert knowledge in, and strategic thinking on, all aspects and scales of preservation, and collaborates with leading architects to... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 11:45am - 12:10pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

12:10pm

Preserving the Cultural Legacy of our Post Offices
Over 75 of America’s historic Post Offices have been sold, privatized, abandoned, left to decay or to be destroyed and thousands more are facing the same fate. Most of these buildings contain priceless public art intended by New Deal agencies to serve as national treasure and an important part of a community’s civic commons.  In defiance of federal law, the USPS is blatantly disregarding the mandates of preservation (NHPA) and environmental policy (NEPA) in selling these historic assets.  The NPOC will present what it is doing to demand democratic process and transparency in order to keep these trans-generational legacy buildings in the public domain. 

Speakers
avatar for Jacquelyn McCormick

Jacquelyn McCormick

Executive Director, National Post Office Collaborate
A community leader, Jacquelyn McCormick is a devoted organizer, neighborhood and preservation activist.  She is a small business owner with over twenty-five years of commercial real estate experience and has held leadership roles on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including United Way. Her commitment that all people should have equal access to national historic assets and public services, combined with compassion and a bit of... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 12:10pm - 12:20pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

12:20pm

Building Ideals
Speakers
avatar for Simon Koster

Simon Koster

Principal, JDS Development Group
Simon Koster is a principal at JDS Development Group, a real estate development, acquisition, and construction firm based in New York City. Mr. Koster oversees project management teams, development planning, and design across all projects. JDS has developed over four million square feet of property across New York and South Florida, with an additional seven million square feet under development.  Projects include Walker Tower, 626 First... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 12:20pm - 12:25pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

12:25pm

Performance by Urban Word NYC
​Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep and performance opportunities.​​  The organization presents literary arts education and youth programs in the areas of creative writing, spoken word, college prep, literature and hip-hop.

Thursday October 23, 2014 12:25pm - 12:30pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

12:30pm

Lunch
Thursday October 23, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

1:30pm

The Competitiveness of Cities
Introduction
avatar for Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla

President, Municipal Art Society of New York and President, RGV
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a five-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. Most recently he and designer and architect David Rockwell launched RGV, a venture company focused on design-driven businesses. In early 2009, he became President of the Municipal Art Society of New York... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Alicia K. Glen

Hon. Alicia K. Glen

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, City of New York
Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen leads the administration’s efforts to invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs that can support a family. Glen served as the Assistant Commissioner for Housing Finance at the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation and Development from 1998 to 2002. Most recently, Glen served as the Head of the Urban... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 1:30pm - 1:40pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

1:40pm

The Three Greatest Business Cities of the World: How to Keep them Competitive and Make them Affordable

New York City is one of the most important global centers of capital, a distinction it shares with few cities around the world.  What trends are we seeing, and what challenges do we need to address, in maintaining our financial leadership?  What can we learn from other centers of global capital?


Introduction
avatar for Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Chair, The Municipal Art Society of New York and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City & Regional Planning and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Eugenie L. Birch FAICP, RTPI (hon), is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Chair, Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and co-editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Her most recent books are: Women’s Health and the World’s Cities (with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter) Global... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Clark

Greg Clark

(Moderator) Global Cities Advisor
Greg Clark is an advisor, advocate, and mentor for cities and business. His current roles include: Global Fellow, Metropolitan Programme and Global Cities Initiative, The Brookings Institution; Senior Fellow, ULI Europe; Chairman, OECD LEED Forum on Local Development and Investment Strategies; Chairman of the Advisory Board for Oslo; Chairman, JLL Global Cities Research Centre; Visiting Professor, and Co-Chairman of Advisory Board, City... Read More →
avatar for David O'Rear

David O'Rear

Chief Economist, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
David O’Rear is the Chief Economist at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in 2002. He has bachelors and masters degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a regular commentator on current events in print and electronic media. At the Chamber, Mr. O’Rear manages overall economic policy with an emphasis on taxation, laws and regulations and major industrial sectors, and is responsible for drafting many of the... Read More →
avatar for Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers

Director, Centre for London
Ben Rogers is a writer and policy thinker, with a particular focus on cities, citizenship, social capital, public service reform, and the built environment. Prior to joining the Centre for London Ben was an Associate Director of IPPR from 2003 – 2007 and has subsequently led strategy teams in Haringey Council, DCLG and The Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where he was responsible for producing the cross government strategy World... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Scanlon

Rosemary Scanlon

Divisional Dean, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
Rosemary Scanlon is Divisional Dean of NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Clinical Associate Professor of Economics. She has also been a consultant on urban regional economics; a highly published author of economic studies; and a frequent guest speaker in Australia, Canada, Asia, and Europe. Previously, Ms. Scanlon served as New York State Deputy Comptroller from 1993 to 1997. Rosemary earned her undergraduate in economics from St. Francis... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 1:40pm - 2:10pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

2:15pm

Safeguarding the Entrepreneurial City

Entrepreneurs have helped fuel an innovation economy in New York City over the last 200 years, but the rising cost of living and working, and other factors, are major deterrents to the kind of risk-taking that made New York “New York.” What steps must we take in order to sustain a creative, entrepreneurial class? 


Introduction
avatar for Yeohlee Teng

Yeohlee Teng

Designer, YEOHLEE Inc.
Yeohlee Teng is the designer for YEOHLEE Inc, her eponymous label. For the last five years, Ms. Teng has been at the forefront of addressing the Garment District zoning and planning discussions along with MAS and has been a catalyst in mobilizing people and resources to focus on this issue. She spearheaded the Made in Midtown project for the CFDA in partnership with the Design Trust for Public Space. Made in Midtown is an initiative to create a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Newton Bellow

Rachel Newton Bellow

Principal, Mind + Matter Studio
Rachel Newton Bellow is co-founder of Mind + Matter Studio, a media platform and consulting firm focused on taking ideas that matter to market. She is the co-host of The Big Payoff, a weekly radio show for entrepreneurs on WGN.FM.  She was a founding Partner and Lead Strategist at Frequency 540, a strategic communications agency. From 1988 to 1996, Rachel was Cultural Program Director at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for New York. ... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Byrd

Michelle Byrd

Principal, Run It By Byrd
Michelle Byrd is the principal of Run It By Byrd, a consulting practice providing strategic direction and advisory counsel. Previously, Ms. Byrd served for three years as Co-President of Games for Change, an organization using digital games to impact social change. Prior to that, she was with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) where she established IFP as the "voice of the independent film community" with the media, government and the... Read More →
avatar for Colin Miles Campbell

Colin Miles Campbell

Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiburg, Inc.
Colin M Campbell is co-founder & CEO of Wikiburg, a civic platform for open collaboration and collective activism.  Preserving Frank Lloyd Wright homes as a youth to designing inventive eco solutions for the consumer market, his passion is about creating new ideas benefiting the future of humanity.  He is a graduate of Fine Arts from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In the past, he has collaborated on various projects for... Read More →
avatar for Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla

President, Municipal Art Society of New York and President, RGV
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a five-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. Most recently he and designer and architect David Rockwell launched RGV, a venture company focused on design-driven businesses. In early 2009, he became President of the Municipal Art Society of New York... Read More →
avatar for Jefferson Mao

Jefferson Mao

Blogger, Flushing Exceptionalism
Jefferson Mao is an urban planning student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a dedicated commentator on issues relating to immigration, entrepreneurship, and local economic development. He draws a lot from his observations on the phenomenon of social mobility, especially the way it has played out in his own life and in his neighborhood of Flushing, Queens. Jefferson runs the news and commentary blog Flushing Exceptionalism, which... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 2:15pm - 2:45pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

2:50pm

Store Fronts: The Disappearing Face of New York
In “Store Fronts: The Disappearing Face of New York,” photographers James T. and Karla L. Murray pay tribute to one of the city’s most cherished yet endangered assets - the “mom and pop shop.”  Starting in the year 2000, the authors spent over a decade travelling across the city, capturing images of those storefronts that not only represent places of commerce, but are items of urban art and history in their own right.  Their work is even more critical in these fast-changing times, with over half of the establishments featured in “Store Fronts” no longer in business today.  In this Smart Talk, the authors will speak to the motivation behind documenting this unique aspect of New York and what it means for the future of our city.

Speakers
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James T. & Karla L. Murray

Photographers and Authors
James and Karla Murray are professional photographers and authors. Their critically accalimed books New York Nights and Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York as was as their Graffiti publication Broken Windows have set standard for urban documentation. New York Nights was the winner of the prestigious New York society Library's 2012 New York City Book award. James and Karla Murray's work has been exhibited widely in major institutions... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 2:50pm - 2:55pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

2:55pm

Performance by Urban Word NYC
​Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep and performance opportunities.​​  The organization presents literary arts education and youth programs in the areas of creative writing, spoken word, college prep, literature and hip-hop.

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:55pm - 3:05pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

3:05pm

Decoding Development

The Accidental Skyline maps created by the Municipal Art Society and the Urban Reviewer maps created by 596 Acres, allow for information that is technically publicly available – but typically inaccessible or incomprehensible – to be presented in a clear, concise manner to the public. These technologies can be used to demystify the planning process making it more transparent and accessible to all New Yorkers. They allow us to better understand our neighborhoods and become more informed and engaged residents.  These Smart Talks will discuss the role of innovative technology in shaping and sharing city planning. 


Introduction
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Sophie Koven

MAS Director and Founder, Gambit Consulting
Sophia Koven founded Gambit in 2010.  She has focused on real estate development and strategic planning for fifteen years, serving a broad range of clients, including municipalities, environmental advocacy groups, entrepreneurs, and both private and not-for-profit developers.  Ms. Koven is member of Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s New York Local Advisory Council, the National Parks Conservation Association’s East... Read More →

Speakers
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Mike Ernst

Project Manager, Policy and Planning, Municipal Art Society
Mike Ernst is a Project Manager in Policy & Planning at MAS. Mike’s work has focused on participatory planning, design and education. Before moving to New York, Mike worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a planning and design consultant on a wide variety of projects, and was the 2007 Piero N. Patri Fellow in Urban Design at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses... Read More →
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Paula Z. Segal

Executive Director, 596 Acres
Paula Z. Segal is the founding director of 596 Acres, New York City's only community land access advocates. 596 Acres has helped 26 groups become formal stewards of the commons through licenses and leases with municipal agencies and public authorities for use of formerly vacant public land. Ms. Segal is a graduate of City University of New York Law School at Queens College where she worked in the Economic Justice Project at Main Street Legal... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 3:05pm - 3:20pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

3:20pm

Rewriting the Rules: Policies that Enable Innovation
The advent of the sharing economy—with the rise of companies such as Airbnb and Uber—has brought into sharp focus the tension between “digital” innovation and “analog” regulation.   What can local regulators do to foster popular innovation while safeguarding the public interest? How are innovators currently addressing cities’ policy concerns?  

Introduction
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Minerva Tantoco

Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
Raised in Flushing, Queens, Tantoco is a product of New York City public schools. She attended Bronx Science High School and while still in college, moved to Silicon Valley where she co-founded technology startup, Manageware Inc, which was successfully sold five years later.  Since then, Ms. Tantoco has led emerging technology initiatives including artificial intelligence, e-commerce, virtualization, online marketing and mobile... Read More →

Speakers
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Ashwini Chhabra

Head of Policy Development & Community Engagement, Uber Technologies
Ashwini Chhabra is Head of Policy Development and Community Engagement at Uber Technologies.  Prior to joining Uber, Ashwini was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy & Planning at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. He has held various other positions in the Bloomberg administration, including the Mayor's Office and the Department of Education, and began his career as a corporate lawyer.  He holds a BA from Williams... Read More →
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David Hantman

Head of Global Public Policy, Airbnb
David Hantman is the Head of Global Public Policy for Airbnb, the leading sharing economy company in the world. At Airbnb, David leads a team of specialists working on internal policy and to educate policymakers and others about the sharing economy and the benefits it brings to citizens of their communities. Before joining Airbnb in 2012, Mr. Hantman spent five years as Deputy General Counsel and VP for Global Public Policy for Yahoo!. Mr... Read More →
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Diana Lind

(Moderator) Executive Director and Editor in Chief, Next City
Diana Lind is Executive Director & Editor in Chief of Next City, an urban affairs nonprofit organization with the mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through media and events. She was a 2011 Van Alen Institute Fellow and is the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008). She received a B.A. in English from Cornell University and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia... Read More →
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David Weber

President, New York Food Truck Association
David Weber is an entrepreneur and advocate interested in urban planning, community development, and innovation. Mr. Weber is the founder of the NYC Food Truck Association and Dispatch, a production company that develops NYC food truck lots. Mr. Weber is the author of The Food Truck Handbook and is on the Board of the National Food Truck Association. He currently serves as the COO of Architizer.  After Hurricane Sandy, Mr. Weber organized... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 3:20pm - 3:50pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

3:55pm

Health in the Built Environment

Stemming from the belief that we deserve to live in environments that have a positive impact on our health, happiness and wellbeing, Delos has engaged leading doctors, scientists, architects, designers, and thought-leaders to identify, develop and integrate features and technologies that create a healthy interior environment. As the pioneer of the WELL Building Standard® and founder of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos transforms indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. “Health in the Built Environment” will explore the principles behind engineering healthy spaces, providing insight into marrying design and construction processes with evidence-based health and wellness technologies.


Speakers
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Natasha Franck

Director, Delos Living
Natasha Franck is a Director at Delos Living, a research, technology and real estate consulting group focused on the intersection of health and the built environment. At Delos, Natasha has been part of the development of the WELL Building Standard, and its implementation process throughout the pilot process stage.  Natasha worked in project management at Jonathan Rose Companies where she supported the development of a broad cross-section... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 3:55pm - 4:05pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

4:10pm

Life Sciences and Healthcare Breakthroughs in the Public Realm

New York City’s attention on the Tech and Information Technology Sector is well publicized, but several of the City’s life sciences research and healthcare institutions are also partnering with the City of New York to stimulate economic development, create more livable public environments, and leverage intellectual leadership in achieving scientific and clinical breakthroughs.

Andrea Lamberti, Partner at Rafael Viñoly Architects will discuss how a recent project—the master plan for Rockefeller University—demonstrates this trend through innovation that preserves historic structures and a majestic landscape, while simultaneously increasing open space. 


Speakers
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Andrea Lamberti, AIA, NCARB

Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC
During her 17-year career with Rafael Viñoly Architects, Andrea Lamberti has led both master plan and building projects for academic, research, cultural, commercial and civic clients. She also oversees strategic planning and development for the firm worldwide. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lamberti worked as an architectural designer on residential and cultural projects in Tokyo, Japan. She received a Master of Architecture degree from... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 4:10pm - 4:15pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

4:10pm

Transforming Our City Through Building Repositioning

From Hudson Yards to Atlantic Yards and One Vanderbilt to One World Trade Center, New Yorkers in every neighborhood are faced with the newest towers in development. 190 million square feet of commercial space, however, is comprised of existing stock in need of revitalization. In order to remain competitive and preserve New York’s unique culture, owners are opting to transform these facilities into Class A office space or high-end residential properties. Pat Hauserman, First Vice President with Tishman Construction, an AECOM company, will share how these transformations elevate our city and explain the significant community, business and sustainable benefits of repositioning occupied buildings.


Speakers
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Patricia Hauserman

First Vice President, Tishman Construction
Patricia Hauserman serves as First Vice President and National Building Repositioning Sector Lead of Tishman Construction, an AECOM company. Specializing in the repositioning of buildings, Mrs. Hauserman has served as project executive for high-profile projects throughout the New York metropolitan area, including the redevelopment of 375 Pearl Street, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, Cassa Hotel, Cozen O’Connor’s corporate law offices and... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 4:10pm - 4:20pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

4:20pm

The Future of the Workplace
As New York’s economy continues to diversify, how will the city be able to meet the office needs of both Fortune 500 companies and emerging startups?  As technology and workplace culture break down the distinction between where people work and where they live, how will this impact the design and development of commercial space?  

Introduction
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Thomas Vecchione

MAS Director & Principal, Gensler
Tom Vecchione is a Principal and a member of Gensler’s Management Committee. With a background in urban planning and architecture, Mr. Vecchione is a recognized expert in the field of real estate strategy; top developers across the world seek out his expertise to help position their real estate assets for commercial and retail tenants. A longtime supporter of both urban design and planning initiatives, Mr. Vecchione serves on the boards... Read More →

Speakers
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Dan Bodner

Vice President of Leasing, Kushner Companies
Daniel Bodner currently serves as Vice President of Leasing at Kushner Companies.  Mr. Bodner joined the company in November 2013 to lead the leasing efforts at DUMBO Heights, a 1.2 million sf campus in DUMBO purchased by Kushner Companies, RFR Realty and LIVWRK.  Bodner brings over 11 years of real estate experience to Kushner Companies repositioning assets, including the Empire State Building, and working with digital, technology... Read More →
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Daniel Geiger

(Moderator) Senior Reporter, Crain's
Daniel Geiger has covered the city's commercial real estate market and industry for the past decade and is the senior real estate reporter for Crain's New York Business. In addition to providing daily coverage on the biggest news and trends in real estate, Daniel also is host of the Crain's web video program, the View on Real Estate, which features interviews with the industry's top landlords and executives and segments on some of the... Read More →
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Andrew Kimball

Chief Executive Officer, Industry City
Andrew Kimball joined Jamestown Properties, a national developer focused on the revitalization of underutilized urban assets, as Director of Innovation Economy Initiatives.  Shortly thereafter, Jamestown tapped Mr. Kimball to also serve as CEO of Industry City directing the redevelopment of this six million square foot facility in Sunset Park.  Previously, Mr. Kimball served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development... Read More →
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Kyle Kimball

President, New York Economic Development Corporation
Most recently, as Executive Director of NYCEDC, Kyle Kimball oversaw the operating, financial, and external affairs divisions of the organization. Mr. Kimball previously served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer after overseeing the Real Estate Transaction Services Group. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Mr. Kimball worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a vice president and at J.P. Morgan, also as a vice president. He is a graduate of... Read More →
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Seth Pinsky

Executive Vice President, RXR Realty
Seth Pinsky is an Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, where he is leading RXR’s efforts to invest in “emerging opportunities” in the New York region.  Prior to RXR, Pinsky was Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to protect the City from climate change impacts.  Pinsky also served at the New York City Economic Development... Read More →
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Robert Schiffer

Managing Director, SL Green Realty Corp.
Robert Schiffer is a Managing Director of the Investments Group at SL Green Realty Corp., New York City's largest commercial landlord.  Mr. Schiffer, who has been with SL Green for 10 years, co-manages a team of 12 investment professionals.  Mr. Schiffer is responsible for the development of One Vanderbilt, SL Green's 1.6 million square foot office tower. He is also responsible for SL Green's political outreach initiatives... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 4:20pm - 4:55pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

4:55pm

Closing Remarks
Speakers
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Margaret Newman, FAIA

Executive Director, The Municipal Art Society of New York
Margaret Newman is the Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York.  She brings 20 years of experience as an architect and urban planner in New York to her role leading MAS, which advocates for a built environment that supports economic growth, cultural diversity, and resiliency. Prior to joining MAS, Ms. Newman served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation where she spearheaded major agency... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 4:55pm - 5:00pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

5:00pm

Reception
Thursday October 23, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

6:00pm

Jane Jacobs Forum: Projects that Ignite

Projects That Ignite is a pitch session that will showcase three exciting and innovative urban interventions, selected through an open call for submissions.  The projects are unique in scope and scale but are united in their alignment with Jacobsian principles and their potential to positively transform the city.  A diverse panel of experts will respond to each pitch with valuable feedback and the audience will actively engage in advancing projects to the next phase.

Greg Lindsay (Emcee) (Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute)

Mary Rowe (Keynote) (Director of Urban Resilience and Livability, MAS)

Robert Hammond (Co-Founder, Friends of the High Line)

Jeff Merritt (Senior Advisor, ‎ Office of the Mayor)

Erin Barnes (Co-Founder, ioby)

The Jane Jacobs Forum is hosted by the MAS Urbanists, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. It is free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required for guaranteed seating.    

http://www.mas.org/2014janejacobsforum/


Thursday October 23, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
 
Friday, October 24
 

9:00am

Welcome and Introduction
Speakers
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Vin Cipolla

President, Municipal Art Society of New York and President, RGV
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a five-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. Most recently he and designer and architect David Rockwell launched RGV, a venture company focused on design-driven businesses. In early 2009, he became President of the Municipal Art Society of New York... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 9:05am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

9:05am

Human Rights and Global Justice: What Do Cities Have to Do with It?

As the world continues to rapidly urbanize, we look at the role that cities can play in delivering justice and opportunity for all their citizens. Where can we find examples of interventions that protect human rights, empower residents, and strengthen the social and economic capacity of the city?  


Introduction
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Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Chair, The Municipal Art Society of New York and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City & Regional Planning and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Eugenie L. Birch FAICP, RTPI (hon), is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Chair, Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and co-editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Her most recent books are: Women’s Health and the World’s Cities (with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter) Global... Read More →

Speakers
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Anne Pasternak

President & Artistic Director, Creative Time
President and Artistic Director Anne Pasternak joined Creative Time in the fall of 1994. Since then, Creative Time has collaborated with hundreds of artists to ignite the public's imagination, explore ideas that shape society, and bring groundbreaking public art to millions of people around the world. Thanks to Pasternak's vision, Creative Time is the only public arts organization with programs that have reached from New York to Hanoi to outer... Read More →
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Nithya Raman

Director, Transparent Chennai
Nithya V. Raman is an urban planner who has been working in India for nearly a decade. Her research and writing has focused on urban governance, slums and access to land and services, and transparency. In 2010, she founded Transparent Chennai, which creates maps and information about neglected civic issues to support advocacy by and for the urban poor. The team’s research is cited widely, and has informed public discourse and... Read More →
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Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Mr. Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Mr. Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and... Read More →
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Andrew Rudd

Urban Environment Officer, Urban Environment and Planning Branch of UN-HABITAT
Andrew Rudd is the Urban Environment Officer for UN-Habitat. He is out-posted to New York from the Urban Planning & Design Branch in Nairobi, where he lived and worked for five years. In New York he coordinates advocacy for urban component of the Post-2015 Development Agenda (including the the Sustainable Development Goals) and manages a portfolio of projects related to reducing urban sprawl and improving landscape connectivity. He was the... Read More →
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Darren Walker

(Moderator) President, Ford Foundation
Darren Walker is the 10th president of the Ford Foundation, the second largest philanthropy in the United States. For more than two decades Mr. Walker has been a leader in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, leading local community and economic development initiatives in Harlem (1994-2001). He then led programs in human rights, urban development, and free expression, first as Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation and later as Vice... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 9:05am - 9:35am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

9:35am

Building a City for all New Yorkers: Affordable Housing and Economic Development

Responding to what has called "a crisis of affordability," Mayor de Blasio launched an ambitious plan to add or preserve 200,000  units of affordable housing in the next ten years. New York City Director of City Planning Carl Weisbrod will provide an update on the program, and explain the city's approach and progress to date. 


Introduction
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Margaret Newman, FAIA

Executive Director, The Municipal Art Society of New York
Margaret Newman is the Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York.  She brings 20 years of experience as an architect and urban planner in New York to her role leading MAS, which advocates for a built environment that supports economic growth, cultural diversity, and resiliency. Prior to joining MAS, Ms. Newman served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation where she spearheaded major agency... Read More →

Speakers
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Carl Weisbrod

Chairman, New York City Planning Commission
Carl Weisbrod was appointed as Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission by Mayor Bill de Blasio in March, 2014. Weisbrod has more than 35 years of experience serving the people of New York. He has transformed some of the city’s most dynamic and fastest-growing neighborhoods. As president of New York State’s 42nd Street Development Project, Weisbrod spearheaded... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 9:35am - 9:45am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

9:45am

200,000 Units: Realizing the City's Affordable Housing Plan
The de Blasio administration has committed to build or preserve 200,000 affordable housing units by 2024.  Meeting this ambitious goal means revamping the City’s planning processes and land-use policies, improving existing housing stock, and exploring new sources of funding for affordable housing.  What role will the public, private, and non-profit sectors play in achieving these goals?

Introduction
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Gary Zarr

Principal & Co-Founder, PHIL & Co.
Gary J. Zarr is a Principal and Co-Founder of PHIL & Co., a strategic, full service marketing and communications agency specializing in non-profits and companies doing good. Throughout his career of over 25 years as a senior executive in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Mr. Zarr has developed, managed and implemented communications and marketing strategies for clients ranging from Times Square, the Democratic National Convention... Read More →

Speakers
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Janet Babin

(Moderator) Economic Development Reporter, WNYC
Janet Babin is WNYC’s economic development reporter. Before joining WNYC, she was a reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace.  Ms. Babin has also worked as a producer and guest host on another APM show, The Story.  She's also reported for various NPR programs.  She was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for her early reporting on merchant power plants. Her business reporting at WNYC earned Ms... Read More →
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Commissioner Vicki Been

Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Vicki Been is responsible for leading the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the nation’s largest municipal housing agency. She is charged with implementing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan, a bold initiative to create or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments over 10 years. Prior to her appointment as HPD Commissioner, Ms. Been was Director of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and... Read More →
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John Cetra, AIA

Founding Principal, CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C.
John Cetra co-founded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit. He has a sophisticated understanding of program, zoning, and complex problem solving in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning. He is an industry leader in tall building technology, historic buildings and analytic site development. John holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban... Read More →
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Andrew Ditton

Managing Director, Citi Community Capital
Andrew Ditton is the Chief of CRA Strategy and Policy for Citi Community Capital. Since 1999, Mr. Ditton has directed the community development lending and investing efforts for Citi. Previously, Mr. Ditton served as Managing Member of Davis/Ditton LLC, a real estate development and syndication business focused on affordable housing and mixed-use urban projects. Mr. Ditton is currently a Director of the National Equity Fund and the Community... Read More →
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Benjamin Dulchin

Executive Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Benjamin Dulchin is the Executive Director of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), a membership association of more then ninety neighborhood-based groups in New York City committed to the preservation and production of affordable housing. At ANHD, Benjamin has led successful efforts to support affordable housing in all its aspects, including increasing funding for development, improving government housing production... Read More →
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Howard Husock

Vice President for Policy and Research, Manhattan Institute
Howard Husock is Vice President for Policy Research at the Manhattan Institute, where he is also director of its Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. A contributing editor to City Journal, Mr. Husock has written widely on housing and urban policy, including in his book The Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy and his monograph Repairing the Ladder: Toward a New Housing Policy Paradigm. In addition, he is the... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

10:15am

Building the Waterfront: Floods, Storms, Ballfields, and Playgrounds
With over 500 miles of shoreline, the waterfront is in many ways New York’s “sixth borough.”  The city’s waterfront communities have their own unique set of challenges and opportunities - from the threat of climate change and rising sea levels, to the increased demand for open space and recreation facilities.  This Smart Talk will highlight the city’s work in lower Manhattan as an example of how policymakers can balance these competing interests through strategic capital projects and long-term planning.

Speakers
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Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, Sc.D.

New York City Department of Design and Construction
Commissioner Peña-Mora leads the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), the City’s primary capital design and construction project manager.  DDC’s portfolio of more than 800 active projects includes the design and construction of public buildings and infrastructure used by millions of New Yorkers each day.  Commissioner Peña-Mora is a leading engineer with vast experience managing... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 10:15am - 10:25am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

10:30am

Density, Diversity and Neighborhoods
As walkable, urban areas become increasingly attractive places to live, how can policymakers balance economic growth and an influx of new residents with the preservation of existing businesses, populations, and housing stock? This panel will explore different perspectives on gentrification and economic revitalization, and what they mean for New York.  

Speakers
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Japonica Brown-Saracino

Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University
Japonica Brown-Saracino is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University, where she teaches courses on cities, community, qualitative methods, and Boston.  She is the author of A Neighborhood That Never Changes: Gentrification, Social Preservation and the Search for Authenticity (University of Chicago Press 2009), which won the 2010-2011 Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award, and editor of The Gentrification Debates (Routledge... Read More →
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Joe Cortright

President & Economist, Impresa, Inc.
Joe Cortright is President and principal economist with Impresa, a Portland consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters.  Joe is senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, a national organization of urban leaders, and has served as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Joe is also lead researcher for the Talent Dividend Prize, a national competition to promote... Read More →
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Tamara Greenfield

Executive Director, Fourth Arts Block
Tamara Greenfield is Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block (FAB) and co-director of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY). Under her leadership, FAB has become a robust community-based network and leveraged over $25 million in capital funds for cultural facilities. Prior to FAB, Tamara led Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst for Neighborhood Parks Program, organized cultural programs at The Interfaith Center of New... Read More →
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Errol Louis

(Moderator) Host, “Inside City Hall” on NY1
Errol Louis is the Political Anchor of NY1 News, and host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly prime-time show that features in-depth reporting and interviews with political and cultural leaders. In 2012, he was named #40 on the City and State list of the 100 most powerful people in New York City politics. In addition to his work at NY1, Louis teaches at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where he serves as Director of the Urban Reporting... Read More →
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Sharon Zukin

Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and City University Graduate Center
Sharon Zukin is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  The author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World, and Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change, she writes about gentrification, culture, and the creative economy, and is now editing a book on local shopping streets in six global cities from New York to Shanghai.


Friday October 24, 2014 10:30am - 11:00am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:05am

Closing the Sustainability and Equity Gap: What Does it Mean to be Both a Green and a Just City?

Cities face many challenges with competing solutions: climate change, economic inequality, lack of access to resources and opportunities, and social and political conflict.  Can we plan and design for outcomes that serve nature and human rights of people? Join Toni L. Griffin, Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City and David Maddox, Founder and Editor of The Natures of Cities, as they initiate a year-long collaboration with the MAS Global Practitioner Network on creating green and just cities.


Speakers
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Toni L. Griffin

Director, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City
Toni Griffin is Professor of Architecture and Director, J. Max Bond Center, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, CUNY. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, combining the practice of architecture, urban design and planning with the execution of innovative, large-scale, mixed-use urban redevelopment projects, and citywide and neighborhood planning strategies. She is currently creating a long-range... Read More →
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David Maddox

Founder and Editor, The Nature of Cities
David Maddox, PhD, is committed to the effective design and management of natural resources that promote resilience, sustainability, and livability of urban communities. He is the Founder and Editor of The Nature of Cities, an essay and discussion site on cities as ecological spaces; and Principal and Chief Scientist of Sound Science LLC.


Friday October 24, 2014 11:05am - 11:15am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:15am

Building Opportunity through Place
Introduction
avatar for Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Chair, The Municipal Art Society of New York and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City & Regional Planning and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Eugenie L. Birch FAICP, RTPI (hon), is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Chair, Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and co-editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Her most recent books are: Women’s Health and the World’s Cities (with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter) Global... Read More →

Speakers
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Alberto Ibargüen

President & CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Alberto Ibargüen is CEO of Knight Foundation.  Prior to KF, he was publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset prize for excellence in journalism.  Earlier, he practiced law in Hartford, Connecticut until he joined The Hartford Courant, then Newsday in NY, before moving to Miami. Mr. Ibargüen serves on the... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 11:15am - 11:30am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:25am

Re-Imagining the Civic Commons
What is the future of the civic commons in our cities?  How can we better leverage these shared public assets to make our cities more economically competitive, livable, and just? This session is part of Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, MAS’ project with the James L. Knight Foundation. 

Speakers
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Jonathan Bowles

Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future
Jonathan Bowles is executive director of the Center for an Urban Future, a think tank that shines a light on the key opportunities and challenges facing New York, with a focus on growing the city’s economy and expanding economic opportunity. During his 15 years at the Center, he has been the architect of the Center’s policy agenda and is responsible for making it one of New York’s most innovative and influential organizations... Read More →
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Carol Coletta

(Moderator) Vice President, National & Community Initiatives, Knight Foundation
Carol Coletta, who joined Knight Foundation in 2013, is an expert on the development of cities. Coletta was director of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the United States. For seven years, Coletta was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders. Previously, she served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and also... Read More →
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Regina Myer

President, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Regina Myer is President of Brooklyn Bridge Park, responsible for the creation and construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park for the City of New York. The 85-acre Park stretches approximately 1.3 miles along the East River from Atlantic Avenue to north of the Manhattan Bridge, transforming the downtown Brooklyn waterfront into a civic space for all New Yorkers. BBP is one of the most significant public investments on the waterfront outside of... Read More →
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Tim Tompkins

President, Times Square Alliance
Tim Tompkins has been the President of the Times Square Alliance since 2002. He is currently the Co-Chair of the NYC BID Association and, the Chair elect of the International Downtown Association. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was the Founder and Director of Partnerships for Parks. He has also worked at New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, The New York City Charter Revision Commission, and was briefly the Nationals... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 11:25am - 11:55am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

11:55am

Visioning the Future
Speakers
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Jake Barton

Principal & Founder, Local Projects
Jake Barton is principal and founder of Local Projects, a firm working at the intersection of architecture and media. They are the media designer for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Frank Gehry designed Eisenhower Presidential Memorial. His firm won the National Design Award in the strength of their breakthrough project Gallery One for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Jake is recognized as a leader... Read More →
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Claire Weisz, FAIA

Founding Principal, WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Claire Weisz FAIA is a founding principal of WXY, an award-winning practice whose work focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and cities. Her recent and ongoing work includes the redesign of The Drawing Center, The Brooklyn Tech Triangle a study of Brooklyn’s growing tech culture , The East River Blueway Plan,  “Blue Dunes” a HUD Rebuild by Design project and the renovation of Jefferson Market... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 11:55am - 12:05pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

12:05pm

Why Do Cities Matter to the World?

Cities are global incubators of economic and social innovation.  How can we continue to position cities as worthy of investment?


Introduction
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Vin Cipolla

President, Municipal Art Society of New York and President, RGV
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a five-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. Most recently he and designer and architect David Rockwell launched RGV, a venture company focused on design-driven businesses. In early 2009, he became President of the Municipal Art Society of New York... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Benjamin R. Barber

Senior Research Scholar, The Graduate Center, CUNY and President & Founder, The Interdependence Movement
Benjamin R. Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Founder of the Interdependence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. Dr. Barber is the author of 17 books, including the classic Strong Democracy, the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld and his new book If Mayors Ruled the World. Dr. Barber appears frequently in broadcast media and domestic and international news publications, and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Chair, The Municipal Art Society of New York and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City & Regional Planning and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Eugenie L. Birch FAICP, RTPI (hon), is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Chair, Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and co-editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Her most recent books are: Women’s Health and the World’s Cities (with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter) Global... Read More →
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Dr. Khoo Teng Chye

Executive Director, Centre for Livable Cities
Dr. Khoo Teng Chye is currently the Executive Director for the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore. He was formerly the Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Chief Executive Officer/Group President of PSA Corporation, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mapletree Investments and Managing Director of Temasek Holdings. Dr. Khoo graduated... Read More →
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Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

City of Charleston, South Carolina
Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America.  First elected Mayor in December 1975, Mayor Riley is serving an unprecedented tenth term. Under his leadership, Charleston has increased its commitment to racial harmony and progress, achieved a substantial decrease in crime, experienced a remarkable revitalization of its historic downtown business district, seen... Read More →
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Harriet Tregoning

Director, Office of Economic Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Harriet Tregoning is the Director HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience, where her Office will help cities across the country build a strong foundation for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability. She was recently the Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, and prior to this she was the director of the... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 12:05pm - 12:35pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

12:30pm

Lunch
Friday October 24, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

1:30pm

Advocacy Organizations Advancing Urban Policy: The Stories of MAS and SPUR
Speakers
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Daniel Hernandez

(Moderator) MAS Director and Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Daniel Hernandez is the Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Mr. Hernandez has over 20 years of experience as a real estate developer and planner. His career in the governmental, private and non-profit sectors represents his commitment to community development, city building, environmental responsibility, and transformational planning through public private partnerships and civic... Read More →
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Gabriel Metcalf

Executive Director, SPUR
Gabriel Metcalf is the executive director of SPUR, a nonprofit membership organization that promotes good planning and good government through research, education and advocacy. Under his leadership, SPUR has grown dramatically in influence and membership. Before becoming executive director in 2005, Metcalf headed up SPUR's policy and advocacy work for five years. Prior to SPUR, he worked for the Bay Institute, an environmental organization... Read More →
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Margaret Newman, FAIA

Executive Director, The Municipal Art Society of New York
Margaret Newman is the Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York.  She brings 20 years of experience as an architect and urban planner in New York to her role leading MAS, which advocates for a built environment that supports economic growth, cultural diversity, and resiliency. Prior to joining MAS, Ms. Newman served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation where she spearheaded major agency... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 1:40pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

1:45pm

Supporting Community-Based Planning Efforts in Brownsville

Community-based planning emphasizes the role of community members in envisioning their neighborhood’s future. In this session, a short video will highlight how that approach guides MAS’ planning efforts in Brownsville, and a panel of grassroots planners will discuss their own work in the neighborhood. 


Introduction
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Kate Slevin

Vice President, Policy and Planning, Municipal Art Society
Kate Slevin joined MAS in 2014 and guides the organization’s advocacy, policy, and community planning work. Before coming to MAS, she was an Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, where she managed legislative and government affairs for the Commissioner. From 2002 to 2012, she advocated for sustainable transportation policies at the non-profit Tri-State Transportation Campaign and served as executive... Read More →

Speakers
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Dionne Grayman

Co-Founder, Mothers Empowered
As co-founder of both Mothers Empowered (ME) and NYCpublic.org, Dionne Grayman splits her time between her two passions: providing a safe space for mothers living in low-income neighborhoods to create networks of internal supports and making sure that communities and non-profits have access to democratic deliberative processes. As the president of the Brooklyn Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc, Ms. Grayman created a mentor coach program between... Read More →
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Alonzo Jones

Youth Ambassador, Brownsville Community Justice Center
Alonzo Jones Jr. is a 20 year old resident of Brownsville, Brooklyn and currently works for the Pitkin Avenue Business Improvement District and Brownsville Community Justice Center. Since graduating high school, Mr. Jones has held multiple positions at the Brownsville Community Justice Center, including PhotoVoice photographer, peer mentor, public speaker, and coach with an NYPD-sponsored basketball league at Betsy Head Park. Last Spring, he lead... Read More →
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Rasmia Kirmani-Frye

Director, Brownsville Partnership
Currently its Director, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye provides overall strategic leadership, vision, guidance and direction to the Brownsville Partnership.  Ms. Kirmani-Frye is also responsible for the development of a governance structure that deepens the relationships between the various partners and the Brownsville community. She is a founding staff member of the Brownsville Partnership and began working in Brownsville in 2008 as Director of... Read More →
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Quardean Lewis-Allen

Founder & Director, Made in Brownsville
Quardean Lewis-Allen is Founder and Director of Made in Brownsville (MiB), a non-profit creating opportunities for at-risk youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn to learn design/build, advocacy, and creative service skills with hopes of impacting their narrative and that of the community. MiB works closely with partners and city agencies to produce visual change in Brownsville. Prior to starting MiB, Mr. Lewis-Allen was the inaugural recipient of... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 1:45pm - 2:05pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

2:05pm

Presentation of the W. Allison and Elizabeth Stubbs Davis Award

The W. Allison and Elizabeth Stubbs Davis Award is named in honor of the parents of former Parks Commissioner Gordon J. Davis and is awarded to a deserving employee of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The award will be presented this year to Jerry Childs, Center Manager, Brownsville Recreation Center.


Speakers
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Gordon J. Davis, Esq.

Partner, Venable LLP
A partner in Venable’s real estate group, Gordon J. Davis has more than four decades of experience advising public and private clients in connection with some of the most significant development projects in New York City. He focuses his practice on complex real estate, land use development and related environmental matters; state and municipal authorities and financings; and cultural and not-for-profit organizations. In 1978, Mr. Davis... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 2:05pm - 2:10pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

2:10pm

Intersecting with Urban Life: Architecture as a Catalyst for Change

Exploring design at the intersection of time, place, program and identity, Ms. Rodriguez will discuss her work as catalysts for change throughout the boroughs of New York City. Her talk will address the importance of design at the intersection of architecture and the public realm—an approach that creates buildings that forge lasting and memorable connections to their immediate sites as well as the community at large. At its best, architecture can also redefine a neighborhood (the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts now anchors the Kaufman Arts District in Queens); recontextualize a long-standing debate (as does the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum); repurpose a building typology for societal good (as Schermerhorn House now shelters the formerly homeless, low-income artists and a non-profit performance space); and serve as an example of how institutional vision can create unique public  buildings at the intersection of culture and transportation (New York Botanical Garden Parking Garage). Ms. Rodriguez will examine design as it operates in both visible and invisible ways in our City—all in the service of catalyzing change in the public realm.


Speakers
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Susan Rodriguez, FAIA

Partner, Ennead Architects
Susan T. Rodriguez is a Partner in Ennead Architects. Her award-winning portfolio, which includes projects for civic, cultural and educational institutions, has been recognized for design excellence, innovation in sustainability and its contribution to the public realm. Through her work she seeks to create an architecture fused with its surroundings and inspired by its program. Notable projects include Lyceé Français de New York... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 2:10pm - 2:20pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

2:15pm

Growth in the Boroughs

Neighborhoods across New York are experiencing development and growth, whether it takes the form of super-tall towers and gentrification, new waterfront spaces and housing opportunities, or green building construction. What can our Borough Presidents tell us about the transformations underway in their boroughs? 


Introduction
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Julio Peterson

Vice President, Real Estate, The Shubert Organization, Inc.
Julio Peterson has been with The Shubert Organization since 1999. Mr. Peterson is responsible for overall management of the organization’s corporate real estate and commercial real estate portfolio including the disposition of transferable development right, office & retail leasing transactions and the company’s outdoor signage business. He also oversaw the development of the Little Shubert Theatre on 42nd Street. Mr. Peterson... Read More →

Speakers
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Hon. Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President, City of New York
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Hon. Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President, City of New York
Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Manhattan Borough President. She previously served on the City Council for 12 years and passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, compelling landlords to fix repeat violations, requiring all City data be published online, and the nation’s first law protecting domestic workers. Brewer was previously Project Manager for the NYC Nonprofits Project at CUNY’s Graduate Center and... Read More →
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Matt Chaban

(Moderator) Metro Reporter & Columnist, The New York Times
Matt has the good fortune of writing a weekly real estate column for the Metro section of the Times. There he gets to ramble around the city and beyond, writing about whatever oddities strike his fancy. Real estate being Gotham's abiding pastime and blood sport, such opportunities abound, from finding a $1.1 million trailer in Montauk to the plight of the other modular builder at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and an Ottomon princess paying $390/month... Read More →
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Hon. Ruben Diaz Jr.

Bronx Borough President, City of New York
Elected Bronx Borough President in the Special Election on April 21st, 2009, Ruben Diaz Jr., previously served in the New York State Assembly since 1997, representing the 85th Assembly District. Since becoming borough president, Diaz led the opposition to the proposed redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory into a shopping mall. Diaz threw his support behind converting the Armory into the largest indoor ice sports center in the world. In April of... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 2:15pm - 2:45pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

2:55pm

Place, Memory and Experience: When We Were Soldiers…Once and Young
Introduction
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Michael Hoffman

Managing Director, Riverstone Holdings, LLC
Michael Hoffman is a Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings LLC, where he is principally responsible for investments in power and renewable energy for Riverstone’s funds. Mr. Hoffman is co-head of Riverstone’s Renewable Energy Funds I and II, with equity capital commitments of approximately $5 billion. Before joining Riverstone in 2003, Mr. Hoffman was senior managing director and head of the mergers and acquisitions advisory... Read More →

Speakers
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Vin Cipolla

President, Municipal Art Society of New York and President, RGV
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a five-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. Most recently he and designer and architect David Rockwell launched RGV, a venture company focused on design-driven businesses. In early 2009, he became President of the Municipal Art Society of New York... Read More →
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Bettina WitteVeen

Photographer & Social Activist
Bettina WitteVeen is a photographer and social activist living in New York. Her work has been exhibited widely and reviewed in the international press, including her publication Sacred Sister. She is working currently on a global installation project; a visual poem investigating the causes and consequences of warfare. WitteVeen raises empathy in her viewers by installing her work in relevant sites that underscore her humanitarian message. When... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 2:55pm - 3:05pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

3:05pm

Central River

Historically New Yorkers have thought about the East River as the city’s edge, but it is poised to become the city’s new center. With new development, public space and transportation sprouting up on both sides of the river, proposals for further intensification, and pressing challenges of affordable housing and sea level rise, the East River presents a series of compelling new challenges. This panel will explore this fascinating future, with an eye towards what the River offers New York as a place to live, work and play.


Speakers
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Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

(Moderator) Principal, SHoP Architects and Holliday Professor & Director, CURE, Columbia University
Vishaan Chakrabarti is a partner at SHoP Architects where he co-leads the design for major urban projects worldwide including the Domino Sugar redevelopment on Brooklyn’s waterfront, the Andy Warhol Museum, several new skyscrapers in New York City, mixed use projects in Detroit and Melbourne, new embassies for the State Department, and large-scale urban design and infrastructure work in New York, Dallas, and Miami... Read More →
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Helena Rose Durst

Vice President, Durst Organization
Helena Rose Durst is a Vice President and a fourth-generation family member of The Durst Organization. Ms. Durst is also the President of The New York Water Taxi, New York’s premier recreational and commuter ferry service. She started her career as an intern with the Hudson River Park Trust, where she not only fell in love with the Hudson River waterfront but also gained valuable insight into the City’s land-use process. Ms. Durst... Read More →
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Daniel Levy

President & Founder, CityRealty and East River Skyway
Dan Levy is leading the East River Skyway (www.eastriverskyway.com), a proposed aerial gondola that would provide a much-needed additional transportation link between Brooklyn and Manhattan, while also connecting high growth areas along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront. With a Williamsburg to Manhattan travel time of less than four minutes, the Skyway would offer unparalleled views and offer residents a safe, reliable and “green&rdquo... Read More →
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Keith P. O'Connor

Principal, James Corner Field Operations
Keith O’Connor brings over 15 years of diverse experience to Field Operations having previously worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  As the Principal-in-Charge of several of the firm’s most ambitious projects, Keith is overseeing the transformation of Chicago’s Navy Pier, revitalization of Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, and the open space development of NYC’s Manhattan West... Read More →
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Michael Stern

Founder, JDS Development Group
Michael Stern is the founder of JDS Development Group, a real estate development, construction, and acquisition firm based in New York City.  Mr. Stern has a wide range of experience and unique expertise in the fields of design and construction, hands on project management, results driven sales and marketing, and real estate related financing stemming from his experience of development and construction in various capacities in New York and... Read More →
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Andrew Winters

Director of Capital Projects & Planning, Cornell Tech
Andrew Winters oversees the planning, design and construction of the new Roosevelt Island campus for Cornell Tech, which will open in 2017.  Prior to joining Cornell Tech, Mr. Winters was the founding director of the Mayor’s Office of Capital Project Development, overseeing implementation of key elements of the Bloomberg Administration’s development agenda, including the High Line, East River Waterfront, BAM cultural district... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 3:05pm - 3:30pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

3:35pm

The Future of New York City's Large-Scale Infrastructure: How the Federal Government Can Help
Introduction
avatar for Fred Iseman

Fred Iseman

Vice Chair, Municipal Art Society of New York and Chairman & CEO, CI Capital Partners
Frederick J. Iseman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CI Capital Partners, which he founded in 1993. Mr. Iseman has over 24 years investing experience in private equity. He is chairman of KIK Custom Products and Ply Gem Industries. Mr. Iseman is also a director of A-T Solutions, Foundation Building Materials, Galls, Interactive Health, IntraPac, Maroon Group, PT Network, Tech Air and Total Fleet Solutions. From 1990-1993, he ran... Read More →

Speakers
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Sen. Charles E. Schumer

United States Senator, New York
Charles “Chuck” Schumer was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Sheepshead Bay where he attended PS 197 and Madison High School.  After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Law School in 1974, Senator Schumer returned home and ran for the NY State Assembly, becoming at 23, the youngest member of the State Legislature since Theodore Roosevelt. In 1990, at 29, he was elected to the US Congress representing Brooklyn... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 3:35pm - 3:45pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

3:45pm

Is New York Falling Apart?

Cities need well maintained and modern infrastructure to thrive and grow yet many are facing hard choices about how to pay for these necessary improvements. What are some new strategies to raise money necessary to keep these systems thriving? How has borrowing money crippled the budgets of our infrastructure agencies, and how will it affect future generations. What are new ideas to address this very real crisis?  

Fragile Success - Smart Talk by Thomas K. Wright

Capital vs. Labor: It’s not just for Karl Marx! - Smart Talk by Nicole Gelinas 

Smart Ways to Fund Transportation - Smart Talk by Veronica Vanterpool 

Paying for the City: New Forms of Finance - Smart Talk by Shalini Vajjhala 

The Community Growth Corporation: The Art and Science of Community Finance - Smart Talk by Jesse M. Keenan


Speakers
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Nicole Gelinas

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Nicole Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Gelinas writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, and business issues. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Her most recent book, After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington was published on... Read More →
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Jesse M. Keenan

Research Director, Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) at Columbia University
Jesse M. Keenan is the Research Director for the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.) at Columbia University. Keenan is an internationally recognized practitioner and academic who has advised governments and businesses on matters of housing, real estate and technology. Keenan has previously held various appointments at the University of Miami, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the Joint Center for Housing Studies, the... Read More →
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Shalini Vajjhala

Founder & CEO, re:focus partners
Shalini Vajjhala is Found & CEO of re:focus partners, a design firm focused on developing innovative resilient infrastructure solutions for vulnerable communities. Prior to founding re:focus, Shalini served as Special Representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the US EPA, where she lef the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability. Previously, she was Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of International... Read More →
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Veronica Vanterpool

Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
At TSTC, Veronica advances sustainable transportation policy—more transit investment, safer roadways for all users, fiscally responsible funding policies—throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ms. Vanterpool served on the Mass Transit Task Force for the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Transportation Reinvention Commission for the MTA. She chairs the board of the Bronx River Alliance and is on the board of Vision Long Island. Ms... Read More →
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Thomas K. Wright

Executive Director, Regional Plan Association
Tom Wright is Executive Director of Regional Plan Association. He has steered many of the organization's key initiatives, including the Draft vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006) and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York- New Jersey- Connecticut Metropolitan Area (1996). Previously, he was deputy executive director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning, where he coordinated production of the New Jersey State... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 3:45pm - 4:25pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

4:25pm

10 Smart Policy Initiatives for New York City

The de Blasio administration was elected last year on a platform of change, with a mandate to re-balance inequality in the city and ensure broader opportunities for all New Yorkers.  In this exciting culmination of the 2014 Summit for New York City, a panel of resourceful, imaginative New Yorkers will offer their insights on top priorities and ideas for the city in the coming year, in response to ideas submitted by Summit attendees over the course of the two days.

 


Speakers
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Donnel Baird

Founder, BlocPower
Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, a startup that markets and finances the installation of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in religious institutions, small businesses, and non-profits in underserved communities. Donnel spent three years as a community organizer in Brooklyn and one year as a voter contact director for Obama For America. Mr. Baird managed a national Change to Win campaign to leverage Dept. of Energy... Read More →
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Tommy Craig

Senior Managing Director, Hines NY/NY/CT Regional Office
Tommy Craig has led the Hines New York office, covering New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, since 1996. During this time he has served as Senior Project Officer for the development or development management of several high-profile and complex projects in the tri-state region. Among these are 7 Bryant Park, a 28-story tower designed by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed and 53W53, an 82-story development designed by Jean Nouvel, comprised of 169... Read More →
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Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, LEED, AP

Senior Principal & Design Principal, HOK
As Design Director for HOK’s New York Office, Kenneth Drucker participates in all phases of the design process from planning through contract documents. His collaborative design approach focuses on design solutions that combine sustainability with the integration of art & science of architecture, while knitting complex programs within the project’s context. During his sixteen years at HOK, Ken has directed the design of many of... Read More →
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Melissa Harris-Perry

(Moderator) Host, MSNBC's
Melissa V. Harris-Perry is host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry." The show airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to noon ET. Ms. Harris-Perry has returned to her alma mater, Wake Forest University, as professor of Politics and International Affairs. She previously served on the faculties of Tulane University, the University of Chicago and Princeton University. Harris-Perry is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in... Read More →
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Maria Torres-Springer

Commissioner, New York City Department of Small Business Services
Maria Torres-Springer’s experience collaborating with local communities began when she worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a nonprofit focusing on bringing together community stakeholders with private and public resources. More recently, she served as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. From directing the revitalization of a 27-acre district and... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 4:25pm - 4:55pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

5:00pm

Closing Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Chair, The Municipal Art Society of New York and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City & Regional Planning and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Eugenie L. Birch FAICP, RTPI (hon), is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Chair, Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and co-editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Her most recent books are: Women’s Health and the World’s Cities (with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter) Global... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 5:00pm - 5:05pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

5:05pm

Performance by Dorrance Dance

"Boards and Chains"

Choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Young

Dancers: Elizabeth Burke, Michelle Dorrance, Leonardo Sandoval, Byron Tittle, Gabe Winns and Nicholas Young


Introduction
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Jonathan Hollander

Artistic & Executive Director, Battery Dance Company
Jonathan Hollander is one of the outstanding choreographers of his generation and has taken a leadership role in international cultural exchange and social activism.  He founded Battery Dance Company in lower Manhattan in 1976 and has choreographed over 75 works that have been presented by the Company in more than 60 countries. He has established arts education residencies in New York City public schools; and has served in Fulbright... Read More →

Speakers
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Dorrance Dance

Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director, Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance's inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.” The company has since performed at Jacob’s... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 5:05pm - 5:15pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

5:15pm

Reception
Friday October 24, 2014 5:15pm - 7:00pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036