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Thursday, October 23


Less in Common: The Vanishing Neighbor
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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... Read More →

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


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. 

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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... Read More →

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


One Vanderbilt: Shared Ground in the Heart of the City
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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... Read More →

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


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. 

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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... Read More →

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


Building Ideals
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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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. 

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →

Thursday October 23, 2014 4:10pm - 4:20pm
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
Friday, October 24


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →

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