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Friday, September 24 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Session 4 - The Third Space: An Inclusive, and Accessible Public Realm

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Inspired by the Third Space Theory, which is about identity and community, the idea of an Inclusive and Accessible Third Space defined here is the "space and time different and more flexible than the workplace and home." It is a space in the public realm for solitary or group activities, a place to decompress where an individual can be authentic and relaxed and choose with whom they interact. The need for these Third Spaces has been acute during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Referencing Jane Jacobs' adage "...strong attention to the relationship between people and their living environment (is a must)", an ever-increasing appreciation for quality indoor and outdoor public spaces is recognized. This session would discuss the criticality of the Third Space in New York City and raise awareness for an equitable, accessible, and sustainable public realm to better integrate for the benefit of all New Yorkers.

Speakers
avatar for Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen, Ph. D. Professor of Sociology, Columbia  University Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University.  Her recent books are Territory, Authority,  Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Gorman

Kyle Gorman

NYC - DOT
avatar for Geeta Mehta - Moderator

Geeta Mehta - Moderator

Dr. Geeta Mehta, PhD, AIA, is an adjunct professor of urban design at Columbia University, and has worked on urbanism projects in twelve countries. Women’s eNews recognized her as one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century.Geeta is the founder of Asia Initiatives (www.asiaini... Read More →


Friday September 24, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT