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Friday, October 23 • 11:10am - 11:30am
Planning a City for People

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Accessible, attractive, healthy, vibrant—these are the qualities that define a city built for people.  But development priorities often favor large infrastructure investments and commercial projects that seem to relegate the people who actually live in cities to an afterthought. What is the role of the planner in the modern city? Or are global cities like New York now solely focused on zoning?  Join a diverse panel of voices to discuss the fate of urban planning and the challenges planners working both within and alongside city government face.  

avatar for Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP, RTPI (hon)

Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP, RTPI (hon)

Former MAS Chair; MAS Director; Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Eugenie Birch is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Chair of the Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research; and Co-Editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Recent books include: The Other Market: Informal Real Estate in the Global South (forthcoming); Women’s Health and the World’s... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.

Hon. Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.

Council Member, 37th District, New York City Council
Rafael Espinal was born to Dominican immigrants and raised in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. He attended public schools, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Queens College, and taught Adult Literacy courses before joining the staff of Council Member Erik Dilan. In 2011, Rafael was elected to the NYS Assembly, where he fought in support of reforms to healthcare and immigration. In 2014, Rafael was sworn in as the Council Member for the 37th... Read More →
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Purnima Kapur

Executive Director, New York City Department of City Planning
Purnima Kapur is the Executive Director of New York City Department of City Planning (DCP). Ms. Kapur leads the Department staff in its work program which includes promoting transit-oriented growth, housing production and affordability, economic development and resilient and sustainable communities across the five boroughs. Currently she is overseeing DCP’s housing initiatives, a key part of the Mayor’s Housing Plan. Prior to assuming... Read More →
avatar for Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP

Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Mitchell Silver became Commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks in May 2014. Silver is an internationally recognized planner and the past president of the American Planning Association. As Parks Commissioner, he oversees management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland. Prior to returning to New York City, he served as Chief Planning and Development Officer for Raleigh, NC. In Raleigh, Silver led the comprehensive plan... Read More →
avatar for Brent Toderian, MCIP

Brent Toderian, MCIP

City Planner and Urbanist, TODERIAN UrbanWORKS; former Vancouver Chief Planner
Brent Toderian is a leading international practitioner and thought-leader in advanced urbanism, city planning & urban design. He consults for cities and best-practice developers across the globe, with recent engagements including the cities of Sydney, Auckland, Oslo, Helsinki, & Medellin. Brent’s establishment of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS in 2012 followed 6 years of significant achievement as Chief Planner for Vancouver, a city known for... Read More →

Friday October 23, 2015 11:10am - 11:30am
The TimesCenter

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