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Thursday, October 23
 

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 9:10am - 9:45am
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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 9:55am - 10:20am
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 10:25am - 10:55am
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... Read More →

Speakers
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... Read More →
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... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 11:10am - 11:20am
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 11:45am - 12:10pm
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 2:15pm - 2:45pm
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
avatar for Minerva Tantoco

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ashwini Chhabra

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... Read More →
avatar for David Hantman

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... Read More →
avatar for Diana Lind

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... Read More →
avatar for David Weber

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... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 3:20pm - 3:50pm
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
avatar for Thomas Vecchione

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bodner

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... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Geiger

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... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Kimball

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... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Kimball

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... Read More →
avatar for Seth Pinsky

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... Read More →
avatar for Robert Schiffer

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... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 4:20pm - 4:55pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
 
Friday, October 24
 

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
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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne Pasternak

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... Read More →
avatar for Nithya Raman

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... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Roth

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... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Rudd

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... Read More →
avatar for Darren Walker

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... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 9:05am - 9:35am
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
avatar for Gary Zarr

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Cetra, AIA

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... Read More →
avatar for Janet Babin

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... Read More →
avatar for Commissioner Vicki Been

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... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Ditton

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... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Dulchin

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... Read More →
avatar for Howard Husock

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... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
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
avatar for Japonica Brown-Saracino

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... Read More →
avatar for Joe Cortright

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... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Greenfield

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... Read More →
avatar for Errol Louis

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... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Zukin

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... Read More →


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
avatar for Toni L. Griffin

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... Read More →
avatar for David Maddox

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... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 11:05am - 11:15am
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 12:05pm - 12:35pm
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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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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 1:45pm - 2:05pm
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 3:05pm - 3:30pm
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
avatar for Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, LEED, AP

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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


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