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Thursday, October 22 • 10:45am - 11:05am
When—and Where—Is A Supertall Worth It?

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For the most part, this new breed of high-rise building is being built as-of-right, and once completed, hard to miss—often casting shadows on public parks, transforming our skyline, and affecting the surrounding neighborhoods. This panel will explore the trade-offs of super tall buildings and discuss whether New York's current regulatory process strikes the right balance between public benefit and private profit.

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Chris Cooper, AIA, LEED AP

Architect, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Chris Cooper is an architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, leading design in many of SOM’s most visible, complex projects. He is a high-rise deign expert. His notable projects include 7 World Trade Center, the first tower to be built in Lower Manhattan following 9/11. He was a designer for Time Warner Center at the southwest corner of Central Park. He also designed 101 Warren, a residential tower in Tribeca, and a new building... Read More →
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Justin Davidson

Architecture and Classical Music Critic, New York Magazine
Justin Davidson has been the architecture and classical music critic at New York magazine since 2007, writing about a broad range of urban, civic, and design issues. Before that, he spent 12 years as the classical music critic at Newsday, where he also wrote about architecture and was a regular commentator on cultural issues. He won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002. He is currently at work on Magnetic City (Random House), a... Read More →
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Layla Law-Gisiko

Chair, Central Park Sunshine Task Force, Manhattan Community Board Five
Layla Law-Gisiko is Chair of the Central Park Sunshine Task Force of Manhattan Community Board Five. In that role, she recently led CB5 to develop a set of policy statements critical of the rapid development of megatowers along Central Park. Layla has been a member of CB5 for 12 years and has held numerous leadership roles including the chairmanship of the education committee and the landmarks committee. She is a published author, journalist... Read More →
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Janno Lieber

President, World Trade Center Properties LLC
As President of World Trade Center Properties LLC since 2003, John (“Janno”) Lieber has been responsible for managing all aspects of the Silverstein organization's efforts to rebuild at the World Trade Center site including planning, design and construction issues; business, financing and legal matters; and public affairs, government and community relations. Mr. Lieber previously served as Senior Vice President of the Lawrence... Read More →
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Angela Pinsky

Executive Director, Association for a Better New York
As Executive Director, Angela is dedicated to promotion of New York City and civic dialogue through the expansion and evolution the membership, as well as ABNY's signature power breakfasts. Prior to joining ABNY, Angela served as a Senior Vice President at REBNY where she oversaw issues relating to property management, construction, sustainability, and federal issues. Ms. Pinsky also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to two Deputy Mayors for... Read More →

Thursday October 22, 2015 10:45am - 11:05am
The TimesCenter