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Thursday, September 23

9:00am EDT

Day 1 Opening Remarks from APA/AIA/ASLA
avatar for Ben Prosky - Executive Director AIA-NY

Ben Prosky - Executive Director AIA-NY

Benjamin Prosky became Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture  in February 2016. With a background in urban studies and urban planning, Ben has devoted the past 15 years to the promotion and interpretation... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 9:00am - 9:05am EDT

9:05am EDT

avatar for Rasmia Kirmani - Keynote Day 1

Rasmia Kirmani - Keynote Day 1

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye is an independent consultant focusing on urban problem solving, housing, movement building, governance design, non-profit management, narrative development and strategic planning. Rasmia is currently working with the Ford Foundation on public housing transformation... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 9:05am - 9:35am EDT

9:45am EDT

Session 1 - Comprehensive Planning in New York
Despite adopting zoning legislation in 1916, America's largest city still doesn’t have a comprehensive plan. The COVID-19 Pandemic highlighted long standing societal inequities in New York State and City, fueling movements for racial, socio-economic, housing, environmental justice, and climate change. These movements beg the question if there could be a more integrated framework for planning across the city, one in which the principles of racial equity, resiliency, carbon reduction, and clean energy would be front and center.  Principles of racial equity, resiliency, carbon reduction, and clean energy must be front and center in the planning framework.  
This session will examine recent comprehensive planning initiatives and their ability to address the most pressing issues facing New York City and State:
  • In 2019, the State enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), seeking to mitigate climate change across all sectors by mandating the Climate Action Council to create a scoping plan to address greenhouse gas reduction, clean energy expansion goals, and the disproportionate impacts on disadvantaged communities. 
  • In 2019, City Council member Corey Johnson introduced his “Planning Together” Amendment, proposing a new city-wide comprehensive plan. This amendment, and other state-wide planning legislation, will address systemic inequities maintained through the current zoning code and ensure a healthy, fully-inclusive and sustainable urban ecosystem for all. 
Panelists will discuss the potential effects these and other unified planning frameworks could have on how we design and plan our communities. 

avatar for Brad Lander

Brad Lander

Brad Lander is a member of the New York City Council, representing the 39th District in Brooklyn. He serves as the Council’s Deputy Leader for Policy, and was a co-founder of the Council’s Progressive Caucus. His hard-hitting policy reports and innovative legislation have helped... Read More →
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Nancy Prince

NYC Parks Department
Nancy Prince RLA, ASLA, is the chief of landscape architecture at the New York City  Department of Parks & Recreation. She establishes the design aesthetic and vision for  a large and highly varied portfolio of projects. Ms. Prince guides the work of 100  landscape architects and... Read More →
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David Vega-Barachowitz

David Vega-Barachowitz is Director of Urban Design at WXY. As a city planner and urban designer, David’s work explores the instrumentality of codes in shaping the built environment. His practice focuses on the development of new tools, research methods, and design perspectives that... Read More →
avatar for Michelle de la Uz - Moderator

Michelle de la Uz - Moderator

Michelle de la Uz became Executive Director of Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) in January  2004, after serving as Co-Chair on FAC’s Board of Directors. She has over twenty-five years of  experience in public and community service. Michelle oversees the organization’s mission... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 9:45am - 11:15am EDT

11:15am EDT

Thursday September 23, 2021 11:15am - 11:30am EDT

11:30am EDT

Session 2 - Equity of Access

The disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality in communities of color have made apparent the extent to which inequity is embedded in our institutions, policies and the way we shape the built environment. Cross-sectoral equity issues include access to affordable housing, homelessness, access to open spaces and parks, access to healthy food and resources, access to public transportation and walkable neighborhoods, broadband access, climate preparedness and resilience, and environmental justice, to name a few.

These equity issues can no longer be overlooked and now is the time to take proactive action in moving towards an equitable city. Are there transformative actions, such as policies that address the root causes of persistent social inequities, that can be paired with infrastructure investments, planning priorities and design measures for equitable access? How can architects, landscape architects and planners work together to build a more inclusive, community-centered planning and design process that ensures equity of access at multiple scales? This session will discuss these questions and re-imagine a city that is inclusive and equitable in it’s planning practices.

avatar for Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy is a public service professional with over a decade of experience in the field of community development and community engagement. Jacqueline’s interest in community development began in her own neighborhood in Southeast San Diego, CA, where she interned for a... Read More →
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A.L Hu

A.L. Hu is a queer, trans, nonbinary Taiwanese-American architect, organizer, and facilitator who lives and works in New York City. They are an alumnus of the 2017 AIANY Civic Leadership Program. They are a 2019-2021 Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, and is currently Design Initiatives... Read More →
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Laura Starr

Landscape architect Laura Starr is a founding partner of Starr Whitehouse where she focuses on making density livable by bringing nature into the city. Her practice began with her tenure as Chief of Design at the Central Park Conservancy during its formative years, where she learned... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Rickenbacker - Moderator

Shawn Rickenbacker - Moderator

Shawn L. Rickenbacker is a trained architect, urbanist and urban data researcher. He is currently the Director of the J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures where he directs the Center’s sponsored research and is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the CCNY Spitzer School of... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Closing Remarks
avatar for Elizabeth Moskalenko - ASLA-NY President

Elizabeth Moskalenko - ASLA-NY President

Elizabeth Moskalenko is a Senior Principal Landscape Architect at Hazen and Sawyer whose current projects focus primarily on wetland restoration and green infrastructure.  Previously she worked at both Cashin Associates on Long Island where her clients included NYS OPRHP and local... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 1:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
Friday, September 24

12:30pm EDT

Welcome - Day 2
avatar for Tiffany-Ann Taylor, President APA NY Metro

Tiffany-Ann Taylor, President APA NY Metro

Tiffany-Ann Taylor -Vice president for Transportation, Regional Planning Association Tiffany-Ann Taylor is the Vice President for Transportation at the Regional Planning Association (RPA). Prior to working at RPA, she served as Deputy Director of Freight Programs, Education and Research... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 12:30pm - 12:35pm EDT

12:35pm EDT

Keynote- Day 2
avatar for Amale Andraos - Keynote Day 2

Amale Andraos - Keynote Day 2

Amale Andraos FRAIC co-founded WORKac in 2003 with Dan Wood. She is also professor and dean of Columbia University’s GSAPP. Andraos’s research has focused on climate change and its impact on architecture in the age of global practice. Her publications include ‘The Arab City... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 12:35pm - 1:05pm EDT

1:05pm EDT

Friday September 24, 2021 1:05pm - 1:15pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

Session 3 - Adaptive Reuse at a City-Scale
The Pandemic has shown that previous habits aren’t actually necessary, while others may have forever changed. It turns out that not everyone has to commute to and from the office; we can work from home and still be productive; we can reduce the amount of driving lanes in our streets for pedestrians and restaurants while maintaining reasonable levels of connectivity. We’ve also found that having to stay at home further changed our shopping habits, with products delivered to our doors while previously coveted ground floor retail spaces sit empty. 
With a vast inventory of vacant office and retail space potentially never needed again, how will we repurpose these spaces to fit into this new evolution of the city? Knowing that construction can be lengthy and construction codes lock us into function-specific building form, how can regulations and construction methods catch up to the ever changing needs of the present? This session will discuss these challenges and creative solutions to adapting these spaces across the city.

avatar for Frank Ruchala

Frank Ruchala

Frank is the Zoning Director at the New York City Department of City Planning. He and his team are primarily responsible for developing and implementing zoning changes to address major policy issues such as the administration’s affordable housing plan and recovery from Hurricane... Read More →
avatar for Skip Graffam

Skip Graffam

Skip is a Partner and the Director of Research at OLIN, where he leads design and planning projects as well as OLIN Labs, the studio’s research practice. In our increasingly complex and resource-challenged world, Skip believes that landscape architecture, of all the design and engineering... Read More →
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John Cetra

John Cetra co-founded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit. With a passion for innovative, inspiring designs and a commitment to real world solutions, Mr. Cetra has led the firm to international recognition.Through... Read More →
avatar for June Williamson - Moderator

June Williamson - Moderator

Architect June Williamson is Professor and Architecture Department Chair the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture. She is coauthor with Ellen Dunham-Jones of the 2021 Great Places Book Award-winning Case Studies in Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Strategies... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

Friday September 24, 2021 2:45pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Session 4 - The Third Space: An Inclusive, and Accessible Public Realm
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.

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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

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

4:30pm EDT

Closing Remarks
avatar for Sean Scott

Sean Scott

SEAN SCOTT IS…an Urban Designer and Equity Planner whose mission is to foster interesting, responsive, and inclusive urban spaces. He currently works for WSP as an Urban Designer and Senior Equity Consultant, threading an understanding of race and place into complex infrastructure... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT