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Thursday, October 22
 

8:00am

Doors Open & Networking Breakfast
Thursday October 22, 2015 8:00am - 8:45am
The TimesCenter

9:00am

Opening: A City of Possibilities
Speakers
avatar for Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla

Former MAS President; MAS Director; Executive Director, The David Geffen Hall Campaign, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a six-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. In early 2009, he became President and CEO... Read More →
avatar for Mary Rowe

Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:05am
The TimesCenter

9:05am

Making the Case for Infrastructure Investment in America’s Cities

Getting big infrastructure projects done requires leadership beyond municipal borders. In order to finance and move complicated projects forward, cities need support at the state and federal levels. Hear leading urban researcher Rosabeth Moss Kanter speak about why the U.S. must address this issue in order to remain globally competitive, and about why a new Penn Station and revitalized West Midtown is so critical to the northeast economy.


Speakers
avatar for Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School; Chair and Director, Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative
Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School and is chair and director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. She is the best-selling author of Confidence, When Giants Learn to Dance, The Change Masters, Men and Women... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 9:05am - 9:15am
The TimesCenter

9:15am

Getting It Done: How Other Cities Have Successfully Built Complex Infrastructure

Cities around the world are facing challenges similar to New York’s as they struggle with how to update and expand their aging infrastructure systems. In this session, we’ll hear from leaders involved in major transit development projects in other U.S. cities and abroad about how they successfully moved big ideas into implementation and how that should inform our approach to realizing a new Penn Station.


Introduction
avatar for Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, LEED, AP

Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, LEED, AP

Senior Principal and Design Principal, HOK
As Design Director for HOK’s New York Office, Kenneth Drucker participates in all phases of the design process from planning through contract documents. His collaborative design approach focuses on design solutions that combine sustainability with the integration of art & science... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

MAS Director; Founder & CEO, Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU); Associate Professor of Practice, Columbia University
Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder and CEO of the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism. Simultaneously, Mr. Chakrabarti is an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design... Read More →
avatar for John Worthington, AA Dip (Hons), Hon FRIBA, FRSA

John Worthington, AA Dip (Hons), Hon FRIBA, FRSA

Founder, DEGW; Commissioner, Independent Transport Commission (ITC); London
John studied at the Architectural Association, London and subsequently as a Harkness Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and UC Berkeley. Previous positions include Professor of Architecture and Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of... Read More →
avatar for Beverley Swaim-Staley

Beverley Swaim-Staley

President and Chief Executive Officer, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation; Washington, D.C.
As President and CEO of Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), Beverley manages the leased operations of the multimodal transportation and retail center and oversees the redevelopment of the Washington Union Station complex, alongside planning partners Amtrak and Akridge. Prior... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 9:15am - 9:35am
The TimesCenter

9:35am

Two Years Not Ten Years: Streamlining Infrastructure Approvals

A modern, globally competitive city can't sustain itself on infrastructure built by our grandparents and great-grandparents. Finding funding for urgent projects like the Gateway Tunnels expansion is a major hurdle, but so is overcoming the bureaucracy, delays, and cost overruns that derail so many urban infrastructure plans. If we can't fix our "legal infrastructure," will we ever be able to deliver the bridges, tunnels, and roads New York deserves?


Speakers
avatar for Philip K. Howard

Philip K. Howard

MAS Director Emeritus; Chair, Common Good
Philip K. Howard is a well-known leader of government and legal reform in America. His new book, The Rule of Nobody, has been praised by Fareed Zakaria as “an utterly compelling and persuasive book that, if followed, could change the way America works”. He is also author of the bestseller The Death of Common Sense, and Life Without Lawyers. He is Chair of Common Good, Senior Counsel at Covingto... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 9:35am - 9:40am
The TimesCenter

9:40am

A New West Side Story: KPF

Major development is underway at Hudson Yards, and other large-scale planning efforts are underway for both Moynihan Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Meanwhile, it’s been two years since City Council voted to limit Madison Square Garden’s operating permit to ten years. So how does it all fit together? We’ll investigate how to leverage the big changes happening in the surrounding West Midtown district to pave the way for improvements to Penn Station.


Introduction
avatar for Elizabeth Belfer

Elizabeth Belfer

MAS Director; Equity Analyst, Belfer Management, LLC
Elizabeth Belfer is a lifelong New Yorker strongly committed to the well-being of her native city. While she is currently an equity analyst at Belfer Management, LLC, she has spent much of her time in the not-for-profit sector. Ms. Belfer was a Co-Chair of the Conservation Council... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jill Lerner, FAIA

Jill Lerner, FAIA

Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Jill Lerner FAIA is Principal at KPF, an international design firm with a range of influential projects around the globe. With over 35 years of design and management experience, she has led award-winning projects for public and private institutions such as CUNY, NYU and University... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 9:40am - 9:50am
The TimesCenter

9:50am

A West Side Retrospective: SOM
Speakers
avatar for Roger Duffy, FAIA, NCARB

Roger Duffy, FAIA, NCARB

Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Roger Duffy, a Design Partner in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), has led a diverse range of award-winning urban projects worldwide: academic and museum institutions, transportation hubs, residential, hospitality, and office projects.   Mr. Duffy’s... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 9:50am - 9:55am
The TimesCenter

9:55am

What Would a 21st Century Penn Station Entail?

In this talk, MAS Board Director Vishaan Chakrabarti will outline the physical planning needed for a 21st century Penn Station, breaking down this enormously complex project into its core pieces. What are the design opportunities for connecting Amtrak’s Gateway project to Penn, and how could the project be phased to minimize service disruption and maximize impact?


Speakers
avatar for Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

MAS Director; Founder & CEO, Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU); Associate Professor of Practice, Columbia University
Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder and CEO of the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism. Simultaneously, Mr. Chakrabarti is an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 9:55am - 10:05am
The TimesCenter

10:05am

Getting a New Penn and Gateway Built: Rails, Regs, and Resources

Following up on the previous talk outlining the elements of a new Penn Station, this panel will cover how we get there. Building a modern train station and a new rail system will require a clear economic path, political will, smart governance, and visionary leadership. This panel will discuss strategies needed to overcome the numerous obstacles to realizing a new Penn Station, and the means of countering the cynicism that comes along with long-term, complex projects. Do we have what it takes to get this done?


Speakers
avatar for Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

MAS Director; Founder & CEO, Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU); Associate Professor of Practice, Columbia University
Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder and CEO of the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism. Simultaneously, Mr. Chakrabarti is an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design... Read More →
avatar for Kate Ascher

Kate Ascher

Partner, BuroHappold; Milstein Professor of Urban Development, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Kate Ascher leads BuroHappold’s Cities Group in the U.S., which specializes in urban planning and development. Kate has a track record of effective leadership in infrastructure, transportation, economic development and real estate in both public and private sectors. Her projects... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Torres Springer

Jamie Torres Springer

Senior Principal, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
Jamie Torres Springer, Senior Principal with HR&A Advisors, specializes in creative planning, financing, and implementation strategies supporting urban growth. He coordinated infrastructure and economic development planning for the City of New York’s long-term plan OneNYC and has... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 10:05am - 10:25am
The TimesCenter

10:25am

Ethics of a Changing Skyline

New engineering feats coupled with the thrust of global capital have resulted in the rise of the supertall tower, sprouting up in cities around the world.  In response to the proliferation of supertalls along the southern border of Central Park, MAS launched its Accidental Skyline initiative in 2013. In this presentation, New York magazine’s Justin Davidson will set the scene for a conversation on the implications of our city’s changing skyline.  


Introduction
avatar for Chris McCartin

Chris McCartin

MAS Director; Managing Director, Tishman Speyer
Mr. McCartin manages the Design and Construction department at the New York office, and oversees design and construction activity in India. During his tenure with Tishman Speyer, he has also served as project executive overseeing the development of a London headquarters project for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Justin Davidson

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... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 10:25am - 10:35am
The TimesCenter

10:35am

KPF and CURE Present: The Science of Supertalls

The virtues and drawbacks of supertall skyscrapers in New York are the subject of much debate, but their true impact is hard to measure in the absence of an analytical approach. MAS partners Columbia’s Center for Urban Real Estate and KPF will delve into the “science of supertalls,” presenting a series of quantitative methods and qualitative interpretations for understanding the nature of new development in urban contexts. This analytical approach is contextualized by projects from around the world.


Speakers
avatar for Jesse M. Keenan

Jesse M. Keenan

Research Director, Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.)
Jesse M. Keenan serves as Research Director of the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.) at Columbia University. Keenan is an internationally recognized practitioner and academic who has advised governments and businesses on matters of housing, real estate, technology and climate change... Read More →
avatar for Luc Wilson

Luc Wilson

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Luc Wilson runs a research group at Kohn Pedersen Fox focused on using urban data and digital analysis tools to help architects, planners and developers design better buildings and cities. This includes creating integrated digital evaluations systems that track a range of factors... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 10:35am - 10:45am
The TimesCenter

10:45am

When—and Where—Is A Supertall Worth It?

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.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Cooper, AIA, LEED AP

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... Read More →
avatar for Justin Davidson

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... Read More →
avatar for Layla Law-Gisiko

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... Read More →
avatar for Janno Lieber

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... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pinsky

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... Read More →


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

11:05am

#SaveNYC: Preserving the Fabric of New York City's Vanishing Streetscape

Jeremiah Moss, Vanishing New York blogger and founder of #SaveNYC, will narrate a pre-recorded piece about the recent history of New York City, suggesting a death by hyper-gentrification via the loss of key small businesses and cultural touchstones. Alongside startling before-and-after streetscape photographs by James and Karla Murray, Moss will make a case for halting what is happening to the city and then outline how it can be saved.


Speakers
avatar for Jeremiah Moss

Jeremiah Moss

Founder, #SaveNYC; Blogger, Jeremiah's Vanishing New York
Jeremiah Moss is an internationally recognized opinion leader on the issue of hyper-gentrification in New York City. As the openly pseudonymous author of the popular and award-winning blog Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York (vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com), and the founder of #SaveNYC, his writing on the city has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Paris Review online, among several other publications. He is a frequent contributor to the op-ed page of The New York Daily News... Read More →
avatar for James T. & Karla L. Murray

James T. & Karla L. Murray

Photographers and Authors
James and Karla Murray are professional photographers and authors. Their critically acclaimed books New York Nights and Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York as well as their graffiti publication Broken Windows have set the standard for urban documentation. New York Nights... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 11:05am - 11:20am
The TimesCenter

11:20am

Manhattan Sideways: Exploring the Stories Behind the Storefronts

For centuries, Manhattan’s side streets have been home to a rich tapestry of small businesses, each uniquely special and woven together to bring character to neighborhoods. Betsy Bober Polivy, the founder of Manhattan Sideways, tirelessly walks and bikes the side streets of New York, discovering these businesses and sharing their fascinating stories. She has watched cherished shops struggle with rising rent prices and celebrated those that have managed to hold on. Hear about life on the side streets, the ebb and flow of the businesses opening and closing, and the individual, heart-warming stories of the owners so central to New York’s unmistakable flavor and flare.


Speakers
avatar for Betsy Bober Polivy

Betsy Bober Polivy

Founder, Manhattan Sideways
Betsy Bober Polivy is a former retail shop owner and the creator of Manhattan Sideways—a website dedicated to small businesses that explores the treasures of the side streets. For the past four years, she has been walking from the East River to the Hudson—one street at a time... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 11:20am - 11:30am
The TimesCenter

11:30am

Fostering Economic Diversity
Speakers
avatar for Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta

MAS Director; Vice President/Communities and National Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Carol Coletta, who joined Knight Foundation in 2013, is an expert on the development of cities. Coletta was director of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the United States. For seven years, Coletta was president... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Alicia K. Glen

Hon. Alicia K. Glen

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, City of New York
Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen leads the administration's efforts to grow and diversify New York City's economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs that can support a family... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 11:30am - 11:50am
The TimesCenter

11:50am

Pooling Power to Secure Affordability: The NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative (NYC REIC)

Launched earlier this year at MAS’s CUE conference,  the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative (NYC REIC) is a group of 300+ New Yorkers pooling their money and power to secure space for community, small business, and cultural uses. Consistent with the principles and spirit of the cooperative movement, NYC REIC makes long-term, stabilizing, and transformative investments for the mutual benefit of its member-owners and the community. Hear about NYC REIC's plans to move from incubation to realization, and become an independent, cooperatively, and democratically-governed organization during this session.


Speakers
avatar for Risa Shoup

Risa Shoup

Executive Director, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc); Facilitator, NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative (NYCREIC)
Risa Shoup is the Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block in Manhattan. She has worked as an administrator, curator and leader in the NYC arts community since 2005.  In recent years, she has done extensive consulting work on the intrinsic and instrumental impact of the arts on... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Woolard

Caroline Woolard

Artist; Facilitator, NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative (NYCREIC)
Caroline Woolard is an artist, educator, and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop from... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 11:50am - 12:00pm
The TimesCenter

12:00pm

A City that Works: Making Space for Opportunity and Innovation

Diverse economies depend upon entrepreneurs, innovators, and artists, but in cities like New York, these groups are often the first to be crowded out by rising rents and rising barrier-to-entry costs. This panel will discuss the challenges facing our city's risk-takers and innovative solutions to overcoming those obstacles —from pop-ups to co-working spaces. How can globally competitive cities grow economically while simultaneously supporting entrepreneurs and innovators?


Introduction
avatar for Gabriel Calatrava

Gabriel Calatrava

MAS Director; Architect and Engineer, Santiago Calatrava LLC
Gabriel Calatrava works with internationally acclaimed architecture and engineering firm, Santiago Calatrava. Noted for the iconic white cantilevered bridges, Calatrava’s structures gracefully transform and give new life to the urban landscapes in which they are built across the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Boyer

Bryan Boyer

Partner, Dash Marshall
Bryan is a co-founder and partner at Dash Marshall, where he runs the studio’s strategic design projects with a focus on urban innovation. Previously Bryan was a founding member of Helsinki Design Lab at the Finnish Innovation Fund, working under the auspices of Parliament to improve... Read More →
avatar for Eric Ho

Eric Ho

Founder, Made in the Lower East Side (miLES)
Eric is the founder of miLES, a civic startup that open storefronts to possibilities by activating urban neighborhoods for pop-up entrepreneurship. Started as an online collaboration, Eric has been leading the development of miLES into an innovative practice. Operating between real... Read More →
avatar for Hope Knight

Hope Knight

President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Hope Knight is President and CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a community-building organization that plans, promotes, coordinates and advances responsible development to revitalize Jamaica and strengthen the region. Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer of... Read More →
avatar for Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay

Senior Fellow, New Cities Foundation
Greg Lindsay is a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation, a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. He is also a contributing... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Ortmans

Jonathan Ortmans

President, Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)
Jonathan Ortmans serves as president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), a year-round platform of global programs and initiatives created by the communities that celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week each November. Aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:25pm
The TimesCenter

12:25pm

Performance by Urban Word

Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development, and leadership. Urban Word NYC spoken word poet Alyssa Saunders will perform an original piece responding to this year’s Summit theme, “The City We Want.”


Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Saunders

Alyssa Saunders

Poet, Urban Word NYC
Alyssa "Lady Logic" Saunders is a poet emcee from Red Hook, Brooklyn. Having endured shelter systems her whole life, becoming a poet emcee has allowed her to build strong foundations within the community. She has performed at the Apollo Theater, the United Palace, New York Live Arts... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 12:25pm - 12:30pm
The TimesCenter

12:30pm

Networking Lunch
Thursday October 22, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The TimesCenter

1:30pm

Opening: A City by Design
Speakers
avatar for Frederick Iseman

Frederick Iseman

Chairman, MAS; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CI Capital Partners
Frederick Iseman is the Chairman and CEO of CI Capital Partners. He is on the Board of the Metropolitan Opera, Chairman of the Mariinsky Foundation of America of the Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, member of the Yale University Council, the International... Read More →
avatar for Mary Rowe

Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 1:30pm - 1:40pm
The TimesCenter

1:40pm

The Shared City: How Technology Will Improve Urban Living
Massive urban growth and rapid technological innovation are colliding to create a historic moment in time that will alter the future of cities. Sidewalk Labs CEO Daniel L. Doctoroff discusses how emerging technologies will enable cities and citizens to share resources in new ways and help tackle many of the biggest and most intractable urban challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel L. Doctoroff

Daniel L. Doctoroff

Chief Executive Officer, Sidewalk Labs
Daniel L. Doctoroff is CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company he launched with Google to improve cities for residents, businesses and city governments. Prior to founding Sidewalk, he was president and CEO of Bloomberg L.P. Dan previously served as deputy mayor for economic... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 1:40pm - 1:55pm
The TimesCenter

1:50pm

Smart Urban Equity

Cities are getting smarter, embracing technology as a means to become more efficient and sustainable. But for the benefits to be equitable, high-speed internet access must be universal and affordable. Broadband is the future for civic engagement, along with new digital platforms that enable collaboration and co-development. Learn how civic-leaders, entrepreneurs and the City are working across sectors to democratize city building through technology.


Speakers
avatar for Karin Brandt

Karin Brandt

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, coUrbanize
Karin Brandt is the CEO and Co-Founder of coUrbanize, a real estate tech startup that helps real estate developers and communities build better cities together. Prior to coUrbanize, Karin was a researcher at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where she co-edited Infrastructure and... Read More →
avatar for Steven Koonin

Steven Koonin

Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), New York University
Dr. Steven E. Koonin was appointed as the founding Director of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in 2012. That consortium of academic, corporate, and government partners will pursue research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Rasiej

Andrew Rasiej

Chairman, NY Tech Meetup; Founder, Civic Hall
Andrew Rasiej is a civic entrepreneur, technology strategist and founder of Personal Democracy Media focusing on the intersection of technology and government. He recently founded Civic Hall, an 18,000-square-foot community center and event space for civic innovation in NYC. He is... Read More →
avatar for Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley

Counsel to Mayor, City of New York
Ms. Wiley advises the Mayor on legal matters involving City Hall and the executive staff, and provides counsel to the Mayor on legal aspects of policy and administrative matters. She spearheads special projects, such as expanding affordable broadband access across all five boroughs... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 1:50pm - 2:10pm
The TimesCenter

2:10pm

Santiago Calatrava on the Nexus of Grand Public Space, Art, and the Natural Environment

Inspired by civic pillars such as Grand Central Terminal and the Pantheon as well as by the shapes and patterns of the living world, Santiago Calatrava discusses the intersection of art, engineering, and architecture in building grand public spaces across the world.

 


Introduction
avatar for Frederick Iseman

Frederick Iseman

Chairman, MAS; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CI Capital Partners
Frederick Iseman is the Chairman and CEO of CI Capital Partners. He is on the Board of the Metropolitan Opera, Chairman of the Mariinsky Foundation of America of the Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, member of the Yale University Council, the International... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava

Architect, Engineer, and Artist, Santiago Calatrava LLC
Santiago Calatrava is an architect, engineer and artist. Among his many international architectural projects, his most recent are the in-progress World Trade Center Transportation Hub and St. Nicholas Church in New York, as well as the Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas, Texas. His... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 2:10pm - 2:30pm
The TimesCenter

2:30pm

Design-Build in New York: Is There Value?

In every major city in the county, with the exception of New York, design-build has been tested and proven to work in fast-tracking projects and saving clients money. 


Speakers
avatar for Rance MacFarland, CCM, LEED AP BD&C

Rance MacFarland, CCM, LEED AP BD&C

Chief Executive Officer, Pizzarotti IBC
Rance MacFarland is a construction industry professional having completed over $4 billion in projects.  He has procured 30 years’ experience in the controls, management and business aspects of the construction industry. Rance has demonstrated a consistent ability to deliver profitable... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 2:30pm - 2:40pm
The TimesCenter

2:40pm

What Does It Mean to Put Design First?

Well-designed spaces of the highest caliber are essential to the success and quality of life in global cities. Can design be made more of a primary consideration as new buildings and public spaces are planned and constructed in New York City? This panel will discuss the need to bring conversations about design to the forefront of development and investment decisions, and the approvals process. Can we demonstrate the value of putting design first?


Introduction
avatar for Kent M. Swig

Kent M. Swig

MAS Director; President, Swig Equities, LLC
Kent M. Swig is an owner of several real estate operating companies as well as properties throughout the United States, which include: Swig Equities, LLC President of Swig Equities, LLC, an investment and development firm focusing on the acquisition and development of real estate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Cetra, AIA

John Cetra, AIA

Founding Principal, CetraRuddy Architecture DPC
John Cetra co-founded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit. Through his practice, John has experienced the interrelationship of architecture, urban design and planning. He has a sophisticated understanding... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Craig

Tommy Craig

Senior Managing Director, Hines New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Regional Office
Tommy Craig has led Hines’ New York office since 1996, serving as a senior project officer for several high-profile, complex projects including 7 Bryant Park, recently purchased by Bank of China, 53W53, an 82-story luxury condominium that includes additional MoMA galleries, and... Read More →
avatar for Ziel Feldman

Ziel Feldman

Chairman and Founder, HFZ Capital Group
Ziel Feldman is the Chairman and Founder of HFZ Capital Group, a Manhattan-based real estate investment and development company formed in 2005. With an expertise in a broad range of real estate disciplines, including underwriting, analytics, structured finance, investment, development... Read More →
avatar for Joseph A. McMillan, Jr.

Joseph A. McMillan, Jr.

MAS Director; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DDG
Prior to the founding of DDG, Joe’s experience included Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE: OZM), a global alternative asset management firm with $46 billion in assets under management where he was a senior member of the U.S. private equity investment team; and Greenhill... Read More →
avatar for Faith Rose

Faith Rose

Executive Director, Public Design Commission of the City of New York
Faith Rose is the Executive Director of the Public Design Commission, Mayor's Office of the City of New York, which reviews works of architecture, landscape architecture, urban and industrial design and public art on city-owned land. Faith was previously the Senior Design Liaison... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 2:40pm - 3:05pm
The TimesCenter

3:05pm

Designing Progress
Good design is getting a lot of attention in NYC recently, yet design is only one of the integral parts of building with a long term perspective. We all want a beautiful, functional city, but mandating better design without addressing the constraints in existing processes will not necessarily yield a better result. While some sectors are thriving, the city is in desperate need of infrastructure with insufficient resources to make it a reality. As a private company pushing the bounds of the residential and mixed-use markets, we thrive in complexity and live to see their concrete solutions by building a better process. Public-Private Partnerships can combine our city’s best skills to work on our hardest problems, incentivized to execute.


Speakers
avatar for Simon Koster

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 22, 2015 3:05pm - 3:15pm
The TimesCenter

3:15pm

Portraits of the New Architecture

Richard Schulman has been documenting cities, buildings, and the people who create them for nearly forty years. With an introduction by Paul Goldberger, Schulman will present his newest publication, “Portraits of the New Architecture 2,” which features 32 new and exciting architects and architectural firms whose projects are shaping the future of design.


Introduction
avatar for Kitty Hawks

Kitty Hawks

MAS Director; Founder, Kitty Hawks Interior Design
Kitty Hawks is an interior designer and founder of her own design firm. Her clients have included Agnes Gund, Michael Ovitz, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, and Tom and Meredith Brokaw. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Elle Decor and “O” Magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Richard Schulman

Richard Schulman

Photographer, Portraits of the New Architecture 2
Richard Schulman has been making photographs of unique architecture, design and cultural personalities for many years. In the field of architecture, he has focused on the portraits (over 32 Pritzker Prize recipients) of architects, their buildings and designs. Such luminaries include... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 3:15pm - 3:25pm
The TimesCenter

3:25pm

Global Cities at the Crossroads: Commerce, Art, and the Captivating Power of Place

Creative place-making—integrating art and cultural programming into urban planning and design—was once seen as solely the purview of government in publicly owned places. However, in recent years, the private sector has started taking leadership and investing their projects with cultural infrastructure and programming, using place-making to gain a competitive advantage. In doing so, they generate higher revenue and greater appeal for residents, corporations, entrepreneurs, and tourists alike. In November, MAS will convene some of the world’s foremost corporate leaders and creative place-makers for an event titled, Global Cities at the Crossroads. Get a sneak peek here at the Summit. 


Speakers
avatar for Karen Brooks Hopkins

Karen Brooks Hopkins

Senior Fellow in Residence, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; President Emerita, BAM
Karen Brooks Hopkins was BAM’s president (where she worked since 1979) from 1999 until her retirement in June 2015. As president, Hopkins oversaw the institution’s 230 full-time employees and its multiple theaters and cinemas. During her tenure, BAM received the 2013 National... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Koz Paley

Barbara Koz Paley

MAS Director; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Art Assets LLC
Barbara Koz Paley founded Art Assets in 1992.  Art Assets leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to re-envision, brand and reposition properties for Art Assets’ Clients. As a leader in Creative Place-Making, Barbara has been a principal in many real estate transactions... Read More →
avatar for Debra Simon

Debra Simon

Vice President, Arts Brookfield, Brookfield Property Partners
As Vice President of Arts Brookfield, Debra Simon oversees public programming at over 30 Brookfield buildings in New York, Houston, Los Angeles and Denver. She is involved in the presentation of more than 400 free cultural events each year with a combined attendance of over 1 million... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 3:25pm - 3:45pm
The TimesCenter

3:45pm

An Ambitious Re-Massing of a New York Office Building

390 Madison Avenue stretches the possibilities of as-of-right redevelopment.  Millions of pounds of steel and concrete are being removed from the base of the building, and eight new floors are being added to the top. This is being achieved without the addition of a single structural column. New volumes of space, indoor and outdoor, have been conceived around the way modern companies aspire to work.  390 Madison Avenue is doing its part to reenergize the Grand Central neighborhood. 


Introduction
avatar for David Levinson

David Levinson

MAS Director; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, L&L Holding Company, LLC
David Levinson serves as Chairman & CEO of L&L Holding Company, LLC, which he co-founded with Robert Lapidus in June 2000. L&L Holding Company is a privately owned real estate investment and development company. Mr. Levinson’s responsibilities include the strategic direction of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, RIBA, JIA

A. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, RIBA, JIA

Chairman, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
As a cofounder and principal of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Mr. Kohn has led the firm to become one of the world’s most respected and innovative architectural design practices. Known for inspirational leadership and commitment to design excellence, he effectively assembles diverse... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 3:45pm - 3:55pm
The TimesCenter

3:55pm

Pier 57: Rebirth of an Industrial Landmark

After years of vacancy and decay, Pier 57—a landmark shipping pier built in the 1950s—will soon be restored and reborn as a mixed-use complex. Planned uses at the Pier include a world-class food market, office space for the technology industry, new public open space, and more. Learn about the history of the Pier, the plans that will soon be implemented, and the unique public-private partnership between RXR, Young Woo Associates, and Hudson River Park Trust that is bringing this unique project to life.


Speakers
avatar for Seth Pinsky

Seth Pinsky

Executive Vice President, RXR Realty
Seth Pinsky is an Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, where he is leading RXR’s efforts to invest in “emerging opportunities” in the New York region.  Prior to RXR, Pinsky was Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 3:55pm - 4:05pm
The TimesCenter

4:05pm

A Reflection on Legacy and a Look into the Future: The World Monuments Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and MAS

Since the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act nearly 50 years ago, preservation and adaptive building reuse have become powerful tools for managing change, spurring economic growth, and contributing to the betterment of vibrant, sustainable communities. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the World Monuments Fund, and the Municipal Art Society are three esteemed organizations that have worked tirelessly to advance the preservation movement and have served as ongoing stewards of its evolving agenda. Joined in conversation, representatives from the three groups will reflect on each organization’s legacy, assess how the field has changed since the passage of the landmarks law, and set the stage for the future of preservation.


Introduction
avatar for Richard A. Brown

Richard A. Brown

Vice President of Philanthropy, American Express
Richard Brown is the Vice President of Philanthropy at American Express where he oversees the company’s global giving programs under the Historic Preservation and Leadership giving themes, which includes the National Treasurers program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Burnham

Bonnie Burnham

President and Chief Executive Officer, World Monuments Fund
Bonnie Burnham joined the World Monuments Fund as Executive Director in 1985 and was named President in 1996. Previously, she was Executive Director of the International Foundation for Art Research. She has been honored as a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French... Read More →
avatar for Manuela V. Hoelterhoff

Manuela V. Hoelterhoff

MAS Director; Former Chief Culture Critic, Bloomberg News
Manuela V. Hoelterhoff is a writer and editor whose wide range of topics includes art, architecture, music, animals, travel and books. Ms. Hoelterhoff received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1983 and was previously a culture columnist for Bloomberg News. Ms. Hoelterhoff, who... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Meeks

Stephanie Meeks

President and Chief Executive Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Stephanie Meeks is the President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which works to save America’s historic places and advance vibrant, sustainable communities. Under her leadership, the Trust has worked to highlight the critical connection between older buildings... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 4:05pm - 4:25pm
The TimesCenter

4:25pm

Maker Park

Next generation parks, like the High Line here in New York and Zollverein in Essen, Germany, have proven the value of preservation and spurred us to redefine our conception of the 21st century park. Maker Park is envisioned as a new adaptive reuse public space that captures the creative ethos of the surrounding Williamsburg neighborhood, an area in the throes of accelerated change. Set on the site of Charles Pratt’s historic Astral Oil Works along the waterfront, Maker Park will pay homage to the area’s long legacy of manufacturing and help to preserve the neighborhood’s culture of collaboration and making that is so central to its character.


Introduction
avatar for Kathryn C. Chenault

Kathryn C. Chenault

MAS Director; Patron of the Arts and Education
Kathryn C. Chenault, a former practicing attorney, has devoted the past several years supporting and serving on the boards of directors of a number of educational, health care, and art institutions. She has developed several scholarship funds and mentoring programs for young people... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Anderson

Stacey Anderson

Director of Public Events and Community Engagement, MAS; Co-founder, Maker Park
Stacey Anderson is the Director of Public Events and Community Engagement at the Municipal Art Society. Alongside her work at MAS, she is Co-Founder of the Maker Park Project, an initiative to create a new community-driven park on the Williamsburg waterfront. With an interest in the... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 4:25pm - 4:35pm
The TimesCenter

4:35pm

Modern Ruin: The New York State Pavilion

Originally built and used as a cultural space for the 1964/65 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens is currently abandoned. With a hope to change this, Matthew Silva and Salmaan Khan co-founded People for the Pavilion, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to developing a vibrant community around the Pavilion, to raise awareness about the structure. Silva and Khan tell their story and showcase the trailer to Silva’s 2015 documentary, Modern Ruin.


Speakers
avatar for Salmaan Khan

Salmaan Khan

Co-Founder, People for the Pavilion
Salmaan Khan is Co-Founder of People for the Pavilion, the non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to the preservation of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. He also works as Manager of Capital Projects and Planning at Friends of the High Line... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Silva

Matthew Silva

Co-Founder, People for the Pavilion
Matthew Silva is a teacher, filmmaker, and co-founder of People For the Pavilion, an organization dedicated to preserving the New York State Pavilion. Since 2012, Matthew has worked by way of art and social media to raise interest and change public perception for what is possible... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 4:35pm - 4:40pm
The TimesCenter

4:40pm

Uncovering Midtown's Mid-Century Jewel: The Spivak Mural

For decades, a spectacular 1950s glass mosaic mural by the noted artist Max Spivak lay hidden. Last March, it was unexpectedly discovered during renovation work on the façade of 5 Bryant Park (111 West 40th Street.) In the spirit of Joan Miro, this colorful abstract mural depicts tools of garment designers and makers, which link it to the legacy of New York’s historic textile industry. David Dunlap, who wrote a compelling article in the New York Times about the uncovered mosaic, will be joined in conversation by Steve Miotto, the skilled craftsman hired for the restoration. Peter Rose of the Blackstone Group, owners of the building, will introduce them. 


Introduction
avatar for Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Senior Managing Director, Public Affairs, Blackstone
Mr. Rose is responsible for Blackstone’s media and government relations. Before Blackstone, Mr. Rose spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs. Initially in their D.C. office, he moved to NYC during the firm’s transition from a private to a public company to open their media relations... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David W. Dunlap

David W. Dunlap

Metro Reporter, The New York Times
David W. Dunlap, a metro reporter at The New York Times, writes a weekly column, Building Blocks, that looks at the city's history through its architecture, infrastructure, places and spaces. He has covered landmarks on and off since 1981, when he was tossed out of the Biltmore Hotel... Read More →
avatar for Stephen J. Miotto

Stephen J. Miotto

Founder, Miotto Mosaic Art Studios Inc.
Stephen Miotto attended NYC’s Lehman College and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Education. Upon graduating, he attended Scuola Mosaico di Spilimbergo, he then received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Lehman College. Throughout his schooling he worked for... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 4:40pm - 4:50pm
The TimesCenter

4:50pm

TWA Flight Center Hotel: Restoring a Jet Age Icon

Built at the height of the mid-century modern movement, Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center ushered in a new era of jet air travel. Today, MCR Development’s Tyler Morse is advancing a privately-funded plan to rehabilitate the national landmark to its Jet Age splendor and deliver the first on-site, world-class airport hotel to JFK International Airport. 


Introduction
avatar for Tara Kelly

Tara Kelly

Director of Preservation and Sustainability, MAS
Tara Kelly recently joined the Municipal Art Society as Director of Preservation & Sustainability after more than five years as Executive Director of Friends of the Upper East Side. She has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute and a B.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Morse

Tyler Morse

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, MCR Development
Tyler Morse is CEO and Managing Partner of MCR Development. With $2 billion of assets, MCR owns and manages 87 hotels across ten brands in 23 states, including the recently-converted High Line Hotel in Chelsea. MCR is also the selected developer for the adaptive reuse of the TWA Flight... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 4:50pm - 5:00pm
The TimesCenter

5:00pm

The Next 50: Preservation in the 21st Century and Beyond

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that led to the preservation of thousands of buildings and sites throughout the city. This panel will explore the success of the law and what is in store for the next 50 years of historic preservation, especially as economic and social forces continue to shift.


Speakers
avatar for F. Kaid Benfield

F. Kaid Benfield

Senior Counsel for Environmental Strategies, PlaceMakers LLC
Kaid Benfield is among the nation’s foremost authorities on how to make cities, towns, and neighborhoods work better for both people and the environment. Kaid serves as senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers LLC, a city and town planning consultancy working across... Read More →
avatar for Ingrid Gould Ellen

Ingrid Gould Ellen

Faculty Director, NYU Furman Center; Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Her research centers on neighborhoods, housing and residential... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Ruben Diaz Jr.

Hon. Ruben Diaz Jr.

Bronx Borough President, City of New York
Ruben Diaz Jr. first entered public office as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1997, and is currently serving his second full term as Bronx Borough President, having been reelected in November 2013 with more than 89 percent of the vote. As borough president, Ruben Diaz... Read More →
avatar for Christy MacLear

Christy MacLear

MAS Director; Executive Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Christy MacLear is the Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The Foundation oversees the artwork of Bob Rauschenberg, manages a philanthropic program based on his interests and has recently opened an artist residency on his compound in Captiva, Florida. Her career... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 5:00pm - 5:20pm
The TimesCenter

5:20pm

The Eternal Space Performance

Playwright Justin Rivers introduces an excerpt from his forthcoming two-man play that tells the story of an unlikely friendship forged during the demolition of New York's Pennsylvania Station. The Eternal Space premieres Off-Broadway at the Lion Theater on November 13, 2015. Tickets and more information are available at theeternalspaceplay.com.


Introduction
avatar for William H. Wright II

William H. Wright II

MAS Director; Chairman of the Board, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
William H. Wright II is a retired Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. During his career he held a number of roles including Global Head of Mobility for the Firm and being head of the Corporate Finance Execution Group of the Banking Department where he was a team leader responsible... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Justin Rivers

Justin Rivers

Playwright and Producer, The Eternal Space
Justin has written and produced 15 plays. He wrote the first draft of The Eternal Space in 2002 as a testament to all the things we don't appreciate until they're gone. Currently Justin is author and co-collaborator of The Wonder City, a graphic novel that re-imagines the history... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 5:20pm - 5:30pm
The TimesCenter

5:30pm

Networking Reception
Thursday October 22, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
The TimesCenter

7:00pm

Jane Jacobs Forum: Sensing the City

Jane Jacobs Forum: Sensing the City
Hosted by the MAS Urbanists
This session is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Reception at 5:30PM / Program at 7:00PM 

Jane Jacobs' rallying cry that healthy cities must have “eyes on the street” has long served as a central idea of what it means to experience the city—to see and be seen, to feel safe and secure, to feel a sense of belonging in a community. But sight is not our only way to understand and experience the city. There are five senses New Yorkers can take to the street. This year’s Jane Jacobs Forum showcases new, innovative ideas of how we see, hear, touch, smell, and taste to be a part of our city. 

SMELL: The SoHo Memory Project (Yukie Ohta, Founder/Director)

FEEL: The Tactile City (Teddy Koffman, Instructor, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union)

SEE: Float (Sascha Mombartz, Founder) 

TASTE: Museum of Food and Drink (Emma Boast, Program Director)

HEAR: Endangered Language Alliance (Daniel Kaufman, Co-Director)  

Moderated by Mary Rowe (Executive Vice President, MAS) 


Speakers
avatar for Emma Boast

Emma Boast

Program Director, Museum of Food and Drink
Emma researches, develops, and implements the museum's programs and exhibitions, including BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Cereal, MOFAD's first mobile exhibit; MOFAD Roundtable, a debate series that has addressed a wide array of topics in food policy and ethics; and the inaugural... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Kaufman

Daniel Kaufman

Co-Director, Endangered Language Alliance
Daniel Kaufman is Assistant Professor at Queens College and co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, a non-profit organization that works to document and support the many endangered languages spoken in New York City. He obtained his PhD in linguistics from Cornell University... Read More →
avatar for Teddy Kofman

Teddy Kofman

Instructor, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union
Teddy Kofman is an architectural designer based in New York. He currently teaches architecture at The Cooper Union and at Pratt Institute. Teddy’s academic and design work has focused on the urban environment, looking at urban expansion and transformation in particular. Working... Read More →
avatar for Sascha Mombartz

Sascha Mombartz

Founder, Float
Sascha is the founder of Float, a travel guide app that lets you explore the city through stories about people and places. He worked at the New York Times and Google's Creative Lab in New York as web and interaction designer before starting his own design practice. He grew up in Ethiopia... Read More →
avatar for Yukie Ohta

Yukie Ohta

Founder/Director, The SoHo Memory Project
Yukie Ohta, a SoHo native, is the founder of The SoHo Memory Project, a mobile museum, blog and archive preserving and sharing the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood whose focus is on SoHo as a community, a neighborhood comprised of a wide variety of people, families... Read More →
avatar for Mary Rowe

Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The TimesCenter
 
Friday, October 23
 

8:00am

Doors Open & Networking Breakfast
Friday October 23, 2015 8:00am - 8:45am
The TimesCenter

9:00am

Opening: A Responsive City
Speakers
avatar for Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla

Former MAS President; MAS Director; Executive Director, The David Geffen Hall Campaign, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a six-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. In early 2009, he became President and CEO... Read More →
avatar for Mary Rowe

Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 9:00am - 9:05am
The TimesCenter

9:05am

Cities as First Responders to Climate Change

Cities across the globe have emerged as key action centers for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency initiatives. More than 1,000 cities have pledged their commitment to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Knowledge partnerships that engage local researchers, governments, and community groups are essential for enabling cities to fulfill their leadership potential. The partnership between the New York City Panel on Climate Change and city policy-makers led to the co-generation of science-based policy solutions for resiliency in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The Urban Climate Change Research Network is playing a similar role around the globe. Leading up to the COP21 in Paris and beyond, cities must continue to serve as world leaders in advancing action for climate change. How can we as New Yorkers provide leadership on climate change?


Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Rosenzweig

Cynthia Rosenzweig

Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Cynthia Rosenzweig heads the Climate Impacts Group at the NASA GISS. She is Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, advising the city on adaptation for its critical infrastructure. She was Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 9:05am - 9:15am
The TimesCenter

9:15am

Landscape, Art, Climate

How can the arts energize what the sciences have already told us? Can they engage diverse audiences, call them to action, and awaken a movement that is impossible for lawmakers and industrialists to ignore? With these guiding questions, this session will look at Hudson Yards’ landscape design, France’s mobilization of international artists to push for a Paris climate accord, and the actions that artists and urbanists everywhere can be taking.  


Speakers
avatar for Margery Arent-Safir

Margery Arent-Safir

Founder and Director, The Arts Arena; Paris
Professor of Comparative Literature Emerita, Margery Arent-Safir founded the Arts Arena, a non-profit initiative for the creative and performing arts, film, and issues of culture and society, in 2007. Her scholarly publications include works on major figures of contemporary Latin... Read More →
avatar for Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, CLARB

Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, CLARB

MAS Director; Principal and Owner, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects with offices in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. In 2011, he was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, and named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall... Read More →
avatar for Robert Storr

Robert Storr

Dean and Professor of Painting/Printmaking, Yale University School of Art
A contributing editor at Art in America, Storr frequently writes for Artforum, Art Press (Paris), and Frieze (London), and is the author of numerous catalogues, articles, and books, including Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois. He is the recipient of numerous... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 9:15am - 9:35am
The TimesCenter

9:35am

The World's Largest Passive House Building

Buildings account for approximately 70% of New York City’s Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions. With population growth moving into urban environments it is imperative to reduce GHG’s released by multi-family buildings, especially in New York City’s densely packed environment. In 2011, Cornell University won the rights to build a new technology and innovation campus on Roosevelt Island. The University has ambitious plans for sustainability. As part of these plans, in partnership with the University, private developers The Hudson Companies and Related Companies are building the world’s largest high-rise residential Passive House building. Passive House is the most rigorous energy efficiency standard in the world created in direct response to reducing GHG’s and stopping global warming. 


Speakers
avatar for Arianna Sacks Rosenberg

Arianna Sacks Rosenberg

Senior Project Manager, The Hudson Companies, Inc.
Arianna Sacks Rosenberg, is a Senior Project Manager at The Hudson Companies, Inc., a privately held real estate development firm located in NYC focused on residential development in the five boroughs. Hudson has developed 5,600 residential apartments since 1986. Hudson’s projects... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 9:35am - 9:45am
The TimesCenter

9:45am

Resiliency and OneNYC: Preparing for Climate Change and Other 21st Century Threats

With the investments made in the OneNYC program, New York City will be better prepared for the risks of the future. In this session, Daniel Zarrilli, Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, will share lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and highlight the city's OneNYC resiliency commitment to prepare its neighborhoods, economy and public services to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Zarrilli

Daniel Zarrilli

Director, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency for the City of New York
Daniel Zarrilli was appointed in March 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency for the City of New York. In this position, he leads the development and implementation of the City’s OneNYC resiliency program, preparing the... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 9:45am - 9:50am
The TimesCenter

9:50am

GoKid: A Sharing Economy Tool to Tackle Traffic and Emissions

Traffic congestion in cities is one of the most significant contributors to climate change.   While investment in mass transit is widely regarded as a solution, these projects are hard to finance and take years to complete.  The power of vehicle sharing facilitated by technology, however, has the capacity to help bypass these blockades and tackle these two persistent problems. GoKid is a tool to save families time and money while reducing congestion and emissions. Co-founder Stefanie Lemcke will explain how thousands of cars can be taken off the road using GoKid, and how partnerships between private and public entities and the continuing education of families can put New York City at the forefront of a new mobility solution that will help save resources and the environment. 


Speakers
avatar for Stefanie Lemcke

Stefanie Lemcke

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GoKid
Stefanie Lemcke is a serial entrepreneur and an experienced digital manager who has worked in innovation and technology for the past fifteen years. With a background in the children’s market, media, and entertainment, she is now developing GoKid, a state-of-the art kids carpool... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 9:50am - 10:00am
The TimesCenter

10:00am

Building Community-Based Resilience Through Technological Innovation

Superstorm Sandy had a disproportionate impact on small businesses throughout the city, many of which lack the resources to invest in improvements to build their resilience. NYCEDC developed the RISE: NYC program to support small businesses to become more resilient, identifying and deploying innovative technologies in the energy, telecom, and building systems sectors through an international multi-stage competition. In this session, the people behind some of the winning designs will discuss their technologies and how they mobilize and engage community networks to promote resiliency.


Speakers
avatar for R. David Gibbs

R. David Gibbs

Founding Member, Power Rockaways Resilience
R. David Gibbs specializes in renewable energy and green construction. David was introduced to sustainable design as a student in Switzerland, and developed a passion for renewable energy and off-grid living in Alaska. He is a founding member of Power Rockaways Resilience; honored... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Puchalski

Pamela Puchalski

Director, Resilient Communities, New America
Pamela Puchalski is Director of the Resilient Communities Program at New America. Working in the U.S. and internationally, she designs and implements initiatives for urban resilience, neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Prior to joining New America, she developed... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Quigley

Marcus Quigley

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Opti
Mr. Quigley has more than 20 years experience in solving complex engineering problems as well as leading and managing major projects and running organizations. Before founding Opti, he was a Principal at Geosyntec Consultants and past member of the Board of Directors. As a national... Read More →
avatar for Mary Rowe

Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 10:00am - 10:20am
The TimesCenter

10:20am

Putting the Civic Back in Our Commons

The civic commons—which includes parks, libraries, community centers, markets, and squares—serve as a city’s backbone and provide shared places to celebrate, learn, rest, play, trade, make key decisions, and express collective aspirations. Yet there is no universal recipe for creating a successful civic commons, as the qualities that make a commons truly civic are deeply rooted in the specifics of people, time, and place.  Join Stantec’s David Dixon as he examines places and spaces across North America that have met the civic needs and aspirations of the communities they are created to serve.


Speakers
avatar for David D. Dixon, FAIA

David D. Dixon, FAIA

Urban Places Group Leader, Stantec; Boston
David was the first urban designer honored with AIA's Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture for “a lifetime of … [creating] livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vital downtowns”. He argues that investments intended to protect against climate change also... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 10:20am - 10:30am
The TimesCenter

10:30am

PROXY: The Potential of Impermanence

Operating under the motto “HERE FOR NOW,” PROXY is an investigation into the potential of impermanence. Too often, the slow process of developing underutilized properties and civic spaces leaves communities in limbo. A placeholder for a more permanent building, PROXY is a temporary two-block construct by the architecture and design practice envelopeA+D that sits on city-owned vacant lots in San Francisco—a hybrid form of public space as well as an engine of micro-commerce.  A vibrant focal point for commerce, community, and culture, PROXY serves as a live experiment in the creation of new kinds of urban spaces and the role that the architect can play as a steward, curator, and civic risk-taker. 


Speakers
avatar for Douglas Burnham

Douglas Burnham

Principal and Founder, envelopeA+D; San Francisco
Douglas Burnham is the principal and founder of envelope A+D, a West Coast architecture studio. Douglas' recent work in San Francisco, including PROXY in Hayes Valley and a master plan for the former PG&E power plant in Hunters Point, employs temporary urban interventions to explore... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 10:30am - 10:40am
The TimesCenter

10:40am

The Underline: Leveraging Leftover Land

Once you develop an eye for opportunity, your experience of the city is forever changed.  In the case of Meg Daly, Founder of Friends of The Underline in Miami, Florida, her light-bulb moment came after an unfortunate bike accident that resulted in two broken arms.  Unable to drive—a challenge in itself in car-centric Miami—Meg found herself walking underneath the city’s elevated train, where she discovered 10 miles of transformative opportunity for new found green space, trails, and art.  Find out how she has moved from incorporation to implementation in less than two years (and won MAS’s Pitching the City ideas contest along the way!) and how she has provided a template for other cities to leverage leftover land.


Speakers
avatar for Meg Daly

Meg Daly

Founder and President, Friends of The Underline; Miami
Meg Daly is Founder and President of Friends of The Underline, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization transforming the underutilized land below Miami’s MetroRail into a 10-mile urban trail and linear park. She is passionate about parks and public spaces and was named a 2014 Angel by... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 10:40am - 10:45am
The TimesCenter

10:45am

Pier55: The Power of a Public-Private Partnership

As part of the continued redevelopment of the four-mile Hudson River Park, the Pier55 project is poised to transform a section adjacent to the Meatpacking District into nearly three acres of vibrant new public parkland. Along with lush greenery, cutting-edge design, and waterfront performance spaces, the new park will feature a uniquely diverse array of arts, educational, and community programming. Learn how the partners behind this public-private venture are thinking big about park planning, sustainable design, and artistic programming, while also engaging local artists and residents to create a shared new community space on the Hudson River.


Speakers
avatar for Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA

MAS Director; Founder & CEO, Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU); Associate Professor of Practice, Columbia University
Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder and CEO of the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism. Simultaneously, Mr. Chakrabarti is an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design... Read More →
avatar for Barry Diller

Barry Diller

Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC and Expedia, Inc.
Barry Diller is the Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and of Expedia, Inc. Until late 2010, Mr. Diller spent 15 years serving as Chairman and CEO of IAC. Before IAC, Mr. Diller served as Chairman and CEO of both QVC, Inc., from 1992 to 1994, and Fox, Inc. from 1984 to 1992. At... Read More →
avatar for Madelyn Wils

Madelyn Wils

President and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson River Park Trust
Madelyn Wils is the President and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust. The Trust, a state authority in partnership with the City of New York, is responsible for developing, managing and operating the 550-acre waterfront park. Madelyn was previously Executive VP of Planning, Development... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 10:45am - 11:05am
The TimesCenter

11:05am

Stubbs Davis Award

The W. Allison and Elizabeth Stubbs Davis Award is named in honor of the parents of former Parks Commissioner Gordon J. Davis and is awarded to a deserving employee of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.  This year the award will be presented to Eric Joseph Greene. 


Introduction
avatar for Gordon J. Davis, Esq.

Gordon J. Davis, Esq.

Partner, Venable LLP
A partner in the law firm Venable LLP ’s real estate group, Mr. Davis has over four decades experience advising public and private clients in connection with some of NYC’s most significant development projects. His practice focuses on complex real estate, land use development... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Joseph Greene

Eric Joseph Greene

Parks and Recreation Manager, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Eric Greene was born and raised in Brooklyn. He started working at the Department of Parks and Recreation in 1990. From Assistant Gardener, to Brownsville Recreation Center Deputy Center Manager, to Greenstreets Coordinator, to Borough Crew Supervisor, Mr. Greene held many positions... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 11:05am - 11:10am
The TimesCenter

11:10am

Planning a City for People

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.  


Speakers
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... 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Purnima Kapur

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... 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... Read More →


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

11:30am

Expanding Architectural Practice: Ennead Lab

Over the past five years, twelve projects have emerged from Ennead Lab, an outgrowth of Ennead Architects. In collaboration with artists, professionals, scholars, community activists and governmental agencies, the studio’s architects have leveraged design to address a variety of civic challenges  and opportunities. While these projects have ranged from bird-friendly glass to rethinking refugee communities, each initiative supports the Lab’s mission to advance innovative solutions as catalysts for civic discourse, community improvement, a sustainable environment and urban progress.

 


Speakers
avatar for Richard Olcott, FAIA, FAAR

Richard Olcott, FAIA, FAAR

MAS Director; Partner, Ennead Architects
Richard Olcott, a Partner in Ennead Architects, creates award-winning buildings that are at once expressive of their missions and integral to their specific contexts. Focused principally on buildings for cultural, academic and governmental institutions, notable projects include the... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 11:30am - 11:40am
The TimesCenter

11:40am

Growing the Innovation Economy

New York is home to an array of inventive industrial, manufacturing, and commercial hubs.  These centers provide the space needed for businesses to thrive in the 21st century economy yet they face a number of challenges. From finding the right funding streams to the need to adaptively reuse historic buildings for modern manufacturing and commercial activity, what are the obstacles, and what should we be doing to help these hubs thrive?

 


Introduction
avatar for Gary Wasserman

Gary Wasserman

Founder, Wasserman Projects; Detroit
Wasserman Projects is a contemporary art gallery located in Detroit's Eastern Market, whose mission is to bring national and international practitioners to the city and bring Detroit artists out to the world. Wasserman Projects produces musical events together with visual art to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Ehrenberg

David Ehrenberg

President and Chief Executive Officer, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
David Ehrenberg serves as the President & CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), overseeing its 330 tenants and 1.8 million SF expansion. Prior to joining BNYDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was an Executive Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Transaction Services... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Kimball

Andrew Kimball

Chief Executive Officer, Industry City
In August 2013, Andrew Kimball joined Industry City as CEO directing the redevelopment of the long-underutilized six-million square foot industrial facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In March 2015, Industry City launched a 12-year, $1B redevelopment that will create 20,000 jobs through... Read More →
avatar for Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner

Chief Executive Officer, Kushner Companies
Jared Kushner is the CEO of Kushner Companies, a private holding company with interests in real estate, media, banking and technology. Kushner Companies has earned a reputation for innovation and embracing new technologies in the service of its tenants, readers, partners and customers. Kushner... Read More →
avatar for Tucker Reed

Tucker Reed

President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Tucker Reed is the President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination. Under Tucker’s... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 11:40am - 12:05pm
The TimesCenter

12:05pm

Cultural Institutions as Neighborhood Placemakers

Neighborhoods across the five boroughs are enriched and enlivened by cultural anchors and the vast array of programs they make available for visitors—locally and globally.  As the pressure to reach new audiences and deliver on their missions in new ways drives them to expand their physical presence in neighborhoods, can these important organizations work with local communities to continue contributing to the success of their neighborhoods, and not overtake them?


Introduction
avatar for Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla

Former MAS President; MAS Director; Executive Director, The David Geffen Hall Campaign, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a six-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. In early 2009, he became President and CEO... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katy Clark

Katy Clark

President, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
BAM President Katy Clark joined the renowned performing arts institution in July, 2015. She oversees BAM’s 248 full-time employees and works alongside long-time BAM Executive Producer, Joseph V. Melillo. Clark leads an adventurous organization that engages with 700,000 audience... Read More →
avatar for Thelma Golden

Thelma Golden

Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem where she began her career in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. After a decade at the Whitney, she returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and... Read More →
avatar for Robin Pogrebin

Robin Pogrebin

Culture Reporter, The New York Times
Robin Pogrebin is a reporter on the Culture Desk of the New York Times, where she covers arts institutions, architecture and other topics. At the Times, she has also covered the magazine industry for the Business Desk and city news for the Metro Desk. Prior to joining the Times in... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Executive Director, El Museo del Barrio
Born in Villa María, Argentina, Jorge Daniel Veneciano is executive director of El Museo del Barrio, New York and former director of the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska and the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University. Veneciano served as curator at The Studio Museum... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 12:05pm - 12:25pm
The TimesCenter

12:25pm

Performance by Urban Word

Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development, and leadership. Urban Word NYC spoken word poet Jared Green will perform an original piece responding to this year’s Summit theme, “The City We Want.”


Speakers
avatar for Jared Green

Jared Green

Poet, Urban Word NYC
Jared Green is a Brooklyn-born poet who is a lover of life and all things hip hop. He is a recent graduate of Kingsborough Community College and a former Urban Word Youth Leadership Board Member, as well as a step coach. Jared has performed at places such as the Apollo Theater, Brooklyn... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 12:25pm - 12:30pm
The TimesCenter

12:30pm

Networking Lunch
Friday October 23, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The TimesCenter

1:30pm

Opening: A Just and Equitable City
Speakers
avatar for Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla

Former MAS President; MAS Director; Executive Director, The David Geffen Hall Campaign, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Vin Cipolla has served as Chairman, President and CEO across private and public organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and London. He is a six-time entrepreneur, an eight-time company CEO and a two-time CEO of major nonprofits. In early 2009, he became President and CEO... Read More →
avatar for Mary Rowe

Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 1:30pm - 1:35pm
The TimesCenter

1:35pm

What Does the Work in East Harlem Mean for the Future of Community Development?
Speakers
avatar for Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito

Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito

Speaker, New York City Council
Melissa Mark-Viverito serves as the Speaker of the NYC Council, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to hold a citywide elected position. She represents the 8th District, including El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx. Speaker Mark-Viverito was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 1:35pm - 1:45pm
The TimesCenter

1:45pm

Building Blocks for a Dynamic Neighborhood

What makes a neighborhood complete? Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York plan proposes re-zoning neighborhoods to spur housing production and address the city’s affordability crisis—but housing is only one piece of the puzzle. A vibrant, engaged, and diverse neighborhood needs other forms of investment and development activity to ensure its dynamism. Civic spaces, infrastructure, commercial and retail spaces, arts, cultural, and educational institutions are all necessary components, and achieving good outcomes calls for a broad range of partnerships. What kind of policy leadership is needed and how can we effectively incentivize, cultivate, and finance neighborhood necessities?


Speakers
avatar for Sam Marks

Sam Marks

Executive Director, LISC New York City
Sam Marks is executive director of LISC New York City. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national nonprofit organization that assists community development corporations as well as other private and public community development-oriented entities in their efforts to... Read More →
avatar for Phillip Morrow

Phillip Morrow

President and Chief Executive Officer, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
Phillip Morrow joined the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) as President/CEO in January 1996. In this role, he has spearheaded the development of SoBRO’s affordable housing portfolio, which in the last 18 years, led to the creation of more than 700 units... Read More →
avatar for Tupper Thomas

Tupper Thomas

Executive Director, New Yorkers for Parks
Tupper Thomas joined New Yorkers for Parks as Executive Director in February 2014. New Yorkers for Parks, a citywide independent organization, champions quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers. She retired in 2011 after 30 years as Founding President of the Prospect Park... Read More →
avatar for Deputy Commissioner Edwin Torres

Deputy Commissioner Edwin Torres

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Edwin Torres serves as Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, serving under Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest local cultural funding agency in the U.S. Torres leads the agency’s work to integrate with... Read More →
avatar for Maria Torres-Springer

Maria Torres-Springer

President and Chief Executive Officer, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Maria Torres-Springer is the President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), leading NYCEDC’s efforts to make NYC the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the diversity of its people and businesses. Prior to her... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 1:45pm - 2:10pm
The TimesCenter

2:10pm

The Transformation of the Astoria Waterfront

One of the most isolated and disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City is being transformed: the activity around the Astoria waterfront is demonstrating how community groups, developers, and government agencies can work together to create balanced development. Jay Valgora of STUDIO V describes the radical and innovative approaches being employed in five projects that will transform Astoria and the New York City waterfront. From co-generation to black water treatment, from innovative parks and playgrounds to a new water taxi network reconnecting an isolated community, big changes are coming to the Halletts Peninsula.


Speakers
avatar for Jay Valgora, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Jay Valgora, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Principal, STUDIO V Architecture
For Mr. Valgora, the art of architecture and design is an engaging, inclusive practice that connects culture and community with its physical environment.  He is founder and principal of STUDIO V Architecture and has over 25 years of experience in multiple disciplines including architecture... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 2:10pm - 2:20pm
The TimesCenter

2:20pm

Demonstrating the Obvious: The Haven Project

Since the first human settlements, people have understood that proximity to nature and open space is fundamental to every aspect of quality of life. But cities are not organized to optimally develop open space, because the landscape of a city falls under many ownerships, both public and private. With Mott Haven in the South Bronx as its laboratory, the Haven Project aims to demonstrate—through a revolutionary combination of capital renovation and data collection—that optimizing the built environment will measurably increase local health, safety, economic activity, and joy.


Speakers
avatar for Deborah Marton

Deborah Marton

Executive Director, New York Restoration Project
Deborah Marton has dedicated her career to public space in New York City, with a special focus on merging natural systems with the built environment. She joined New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in 2011, bringing extensive experience moving municipal projects from conception to... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 2:20pm - 2:30pm
The TimesCenter

2:30pm

Habitat III: Setting the New Urban Agenda
In a globally coordinated effort to address the challenges and opportunities of urban dwellers through a shared urban agenda, the United Nations will convene in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016 for Habitat III. This global conference convenes every 20 years to plot the progress of urbanization. Joined by diverse voices from civil society, this session will explore how non-governmental entities like MAS must play a role in informing this agenda. This session will provide a preview to a full day event that immediately follows this year’s Summit—The Urban Thinkers Campus: Road Map to the City We Need, co-hosted by MAS and The New School on Saturday, October 24. For more information, please visit: http://mas.org/urbanthinkerscampus.

Speakers
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... Read More →
avatar for Katia Araujo

Katia Araujo

Director of Programs, Community Resilience, Land and Housing, Huairou Commission
Katia Araujo holds an MA in International Affairs, concentrating in Governance and Human Rights, from The New School. She provides leadership in the realization of the Huairou Commission’s mission through strategic planning with member organizations for the development of programs... Read More →
avatar for Jane Katz

Jane Katz

Director of International Affairs and Programs, Habitat for Humanity International
Jane Katz is Director of International Affairs and Programs in Habitat for Humanity International’s Washington D.C. Office of Government Relations and Advocacy, where she works on global housing policies and advocacy issues and manages the Global Housing Indicators initiative. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Ana B. Moreno

Ana B. Moreno

Habitat III Secretariat Coordinator, United Nations
Graduate in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Journalism, both degrees by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, she has coordinated the last two sessions of the World Urban Forum in Naples (2012) and in Medellin (2014). Moreno has been Communications Advisor at the Ministry of... Read More →
avatar for Janice Perlman

Janice Perlman

Founder and President, Mega-Cities Project
Dr. Janice Perlman is an urban scholar, practitioner and advisor. Her recent book, Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro (Oxford University Press) is based on her longitudinal study of migrants and squatters starting in 1969.  It follows upon her seminal 1976... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
The TimesCenter

2:45pm

Putting Regional Infrastructure on the Fast Track

Federal leadership and investment is crucial to addressing transportation problems across the Hudson River, expanding Penn Station, and securing the future of the tri-state region. Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey will discuss the vital importance of modernizing our nation’s infrastructure, and the key roles played by public and private sector partners in completing complex and challenging projects. 


Introduction
avatar for Frederick Iseman

Frederick Iseman

Chairman, MAS; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CI Capital Partners
Frederick Iseman is the Chairman and CEO of CI Capital Partners. He is on the Board of the Metropolitan Opera, Chairman of the Mariinsky Foundation of America of the Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, member of the Yale University Council, the International... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Cory Booker

Hon. Cory Booker

United States Senator for New Jersey
Cory Booker was elected to the United States Senate in October 2013, where he has focused on creating jobs, increasing the speed of Hurricane Sandy recovery, investing in our nation’s infrastructure, and addressing the economic squeeze facing middle class families in New... Read More →
avatar for Chris Daggett

Chris Daggett

President and Chief Executive Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Chris Daggett is a respected leader in New Jersey’s nonprofit sector, serving on the boards of Regional Plan Association, The Trust for Public Land, and Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, among others. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Charles E. Schumer

Hon. Charles E. Schumer

United States Senator for New York
After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Chuck ran for and won a seat in the NY State Assembly. In 1980, at 29, he was elected to the US Congress representing Brooklyn and Queens in the 9th Congressional District. In 1998, Chuck was elected to the U.S. Senate... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 2:45pm - 3:15pm
The TimesCenter

3:15pm

Learning to Ask for the Future Cape Town We Want

In Cape Town, South Africa, centuries of formal segregation have left a legacy of fragmented cities and damaged citizen-state relationships. Twenty years into democracy, the work to create just cities and empower residents about their civic rights is still underway. Future Cape Town’s founder Rashiq Fataar, will explain his work to advance this agenda, fostering a more engaged citizenry by placing people at the heart of urban planning processes and demystifying city-making at all levels.

 


Speakers
avatar for Rashiq Fataar

Rashiq Fataar

Director, Future Cape Town
Rashiq Fataar is the director of Future Cape Town, a leading think-tank in Africa promoting democracy around the future urban development of cities. In addition to its research, events and advocacy work, the organisation has over 80,000 social media followers and 140,000 website readers... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 3:15pm - 3:25pm
The TimesCenter

3:25pm

Visions of the Just City from Around the World

What is the vision of the "Just City?” What are its characteristics? Twenty-four writers from around the world were invited to contend with this question as part of a collaboration between the J. Max Bond Center for the Design of the Just City, NextCity, and the Nature of Cities. The elements of a Just City cut across issues of race, ethnicity, gender, the environment, housing, economies, safety, access to information, and the rights of communities to create their own cities. Four contributors to this series talk about their visions of the Just City. 


Introduction
avatar for Toni L. Griffin

Toni L. Griffin

Director, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City
Toni L. Griffin is Professor of Architecture and Director, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, and is founder of Urban Planning for the American City, an urban planning consultant practice. She has worked... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Don Chen

Don Chen

Director of Metropolitan Opportunity, Ford Foundation
Don Chen directs the foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunity work. His team supports urban development strategies to reduce poverty, expand economic opportunities, and advance sustainability in cities and regions in the U.S. and developing countries—with a focus on shaping the delivery... Read More →
avatar for Cecilia Herzog

Cecilia Herzog

Researcher and Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cecilia Herzog is Researcher and Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Co-Chair of the Master on Landscape Ecological Planning and Design at Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the president of The Society of Urban Ecology- Brazil (SURE-Brazil... Read More →
avatar for Darnell L. Moore

Darnell L. Moore

Senior Editor, Mic
Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Editor at Mic. He is also co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire and Writer-in-Residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University. He is a member of the Black Lives Matter network and co-organized... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 3:25pm - 3:45pm
The TimesCenter

3:45pm

Leveling the Playing Field: Re-Imagining Cities to Benefit All

Play is critical to all aspects of childhood development and yet kids who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods often face many barriers.  Safety issues, lack of access to places to play, and a deficit of free time with parents and other caregivers are some of the factors that prevent kids from playing. James Siegal, President of national non-profit KaBOOM! will explore how designing cities with kids in mind – at the playground and beyond – is a competitive advantage for cities that not only benefits kids, but also makes communities more livable for all of us.

 


Speakers
avatar for James Siegal

James Siegal

President, KaBOOM!
James Siegal is President of KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that seeks to give children the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. James previously served as Chief of Staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service. He has experience... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 3:45pm - 3:55pm
The TimesCenter

3:55pm

The Road to Affordability: Are We Making Progress?

A year and a half has passed since Mayor de Blasio announced his plans to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. A check in on the progress so far, this panel will engage a range of perspectives in exploring the successes to date and the challenges ahead.


Introduction
avatar for Sophie Koven

Sophie Koven

MAS Director; Founder and COO, GoKid LLC
In 2015 Sophia Koven founded GoKid, a mobile application that provides a complete carpool solution for families. GoKid will reduce driving time and carpool management stress for parents, and also reduce traffic congestion and harmful emissions in communities everywhere. She has focused... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Commissioner Vicki Been

Commissioner Vicki Been

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Vicki Been is Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the nation’s largest municipal housing agency. She is charged with implementing Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan to create or preserve 200,000 affordable homes over 10 years. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Les Bluestone

Les Bluestone

Partner, Blue Sea Development Company
Les Bluestone has been involved in the real estate development and construction industries for over 35 years working in New York City and surrounding counties. The co-founder of Blue Sea Development Company and Blue Sea Construction Co., his firms developed and built New York State's... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Coger

Claudia Coger

President, Astoria Houses Resident Association
For the past three years, Claudia Coger has acted as the President of Astoria Houses Resident Association. An advocate for the residents of the Astoria Houses projects, Coger is responsible for speaking on behalf of members of her community. She takes care of everything from registering... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Dulchin

Benjamin Dulchin

Executive Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD)
Benjamin Dulchin is the Executive Director of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), a membership association of one hundred neighborhood-based community development groups in New York City committed to the preservation and production of affordable housing... Read More →
avatar for Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts

Urban Affairs Correspondent, The New York Times
Sam Roberts has been the New York Times' urban affairs correspondent since 2005. He joined the Times in 1983 from the Daily News. He is also the host of The New York Times Close Up, the Times's weekly interview program on Time Warner Cable New York 1 News. He is the author of a number... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 3:55pm - 4:20pm
The TimesCenter

4:20pm

NextGeneration NYCHA
The challenge of preserving New York City’s 178,000 units of public housing requires the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to fundamentally change how it is funded, how it operates and how it looks.  NextGeneration NYCHA, the Authority’s 10-year strategic plan, sets out that path forward.  Come learn about where NYCHA is headed—and how it will continue to serve the 1 out of every 12 New Yorkers that it touches.  

Speakers
avatar for Shola Olatoye

Shola Olatoye

Chair and Chief Executive Officer, New York City Housing Authority
Shola Olatoye was appointed Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on February 8, 2014, by Mayor Bill de Blasio. NYCHA is the largest public housing authority in the nation, providing decent and affordable housing for more than 620,000 New... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 4:20pm - 4:30pm
The TimesCenter

4:30pm

Lessons Learned: Balancing Displacement and Growth in Brooklyn

New York City has undergone significant rezoning in recent years, with a staggering 40% of New York rezoned under the Bloomberg administration. The current administration continues this momentum with an ambitious affordable housing program set to reshape even more neighborhoods. What can be learned through examining the changes that those rezoned neighborhoods have undergone in past years? What are the community-based approaches that may limit neighborhood displacement during this current wave of rezonings? Are there mechanisms to ensure that promised community benefits are realized over time—and over administrations?


Speakers
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Hon. Brad Lander

Council Member, 39th District, New York City Council
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Hon. Stephen Levin

Council Member, 33rd District, New York City Council
Stephen Levin was elected in 2009 to represent the 33rd District in the New York City Council, which includes the diverse communities of Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, and Bedford–Stuyvesant.  As a Councilmember... Read More →
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Kate Slevin

Vice President, Planning and Policy, MAS
Kate Slevin joined MAS in 2014 and guides the organization’s advocacy, policy, and community planning work. Before coming to MAS, she was an Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, where she managed legislative and government affairs for the Commissioner... Read More →
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Michelle de la Uz

Executive Director, Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.
With twenty+ years of experience in public and community service, Michelle oversees Fifth Avenue Committee’s mission, comprehensive programs serving more than 5,500 low- and moderate-income people, a budget of over $5 million, several affiliate corporations, and a housing development... Read More →
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Barika Williams

Deputy Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Barika X Williams is Deputy Director at the Association for Neighborhood Housing Development (ANHD) in New York City where she leads the policy research on affordable housing, community development, and equitable economic development advocacy. Previously she worked as a researcher... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 4:30pm - 4:50pm
The TimesCenter

4:50pm

The NYC Neighborhood Planning Playbook

A truly democratic planning process is inclusionary and transparent. With Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan set to significantly alter the physical and environmental landscapes of communities across the city, MAS has made it a priority to empower local residents to take part in the planning decisions that will shape their neighborhoods. This session will mark the official launch of two planning guidebooks designed to serve as key tools for citizen engagement. The first is The NYC Neighborhood Planning Playbook, an interagency collaboration between the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of City Planning, and the Economic Development Corporation, seeks to simplify the planning process and help the public engage in neighborhood planning efforts. 

 


Introduction
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Frances A. Resheske

Board Secretary, MAS; Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Con Edison
Frances Resheske is senior vice president of public affairs at Con Edison. She oversees Con Edison’s corporate and internal communications, including social media; government, community, and media relations; economic development; branding; advertising; and corporate philanthropy... Read More →

Speakers
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Daniel Hernandez

Former MAS Director; Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood Strategies, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Daniel Hernandez is a real estate planner, developer, advisor, and project manager, with over 25 years of experience. He is the principal of the real estate advisory firm, Topology, which he founded, he is presently taking a leave of absence to serve the mayor of NYC as the Deputy... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 4:50pm - 4:55pm
The TimesCenter

4:55pm

LNP Guidebook: Who Gets It Done and How?

Employed as part of MAS’s Livable Neighborhoods Training Program, Who Gets It Done and How? is MAS’s new guidebook to ensure that community stakeholders and neighborhood organizations speak the same language as government and private industry counterparts, and can collaborate and build consensus around a future vision for their city.


Speakers
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Twahira Khan

Co-Founder, Bx Arts Factory
Twahira graduated from Columbia with a degree in International Politics & Sustainable Development. She currently works in the banking sector and volunteers with several Bronx groups and organizations, including the Bronx River Alliance and Transportation Alternatives Bronx Activist... Read More →
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Karyn Williams

Project Manager, Planning, MAS
Karyn joined MAS in October 2013 and leads community-based initiatives in Brownsville as well as Livable Neighborhoods Program. Before joining MAS, she worked as a landscape architect, notable projects included: Greenwood Cemetery, Battery Park, and Rockaway Park. Karyn holds a B.A... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 4:55pm - 5:00pm
The TimesCenter

5:00pm

Wrapping it Up: The Best 10 Ideas of the 2015 Summit

The good, better, and best ideas from this year’s Summit, plus some highlights of from past years showing how ideas generated at this annual convening have advanced important initiatives across the city.


Speakers
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Hon. Gale A. Brewer

Manhattan Borough President, City of New York
Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Manhattan Borough President. She previously served on the City Council for 12 years and passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, compelling landlords to fix repeat violations, requiring all City data be published online... Read More →
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Daniel Geiger

Senior Reporter, Crain's
Daniel Geiger is a senior reporter at Crain’s New York Business and has covered the city’s commercial real estate market for the past 10 years.
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Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
The TimesCenter

5:15pm

Celebrating the City: Jane Jacobs at 100

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of urban activist Jane Jacobs’ birth. MAS—and organizations around the world—are gearing up to celebrate her legacy and promote her transformative ideas. With this short film, all will be called upon to join in the global celebration.


Speakers
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Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:15pm - 5:20pm
The TimesCenter

5:20pm

A Marvelous Order - An Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

For the finale to the 2015 MAS Summit for New York City, MAS is proud to present a special excerpt from the forthcoming opera about two visionary urban theorists: Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. It’s a story about those who live in cities and the power struggle that exists in striving to build the city we want. Visit mosesjacobsopera.com to hear more about this new work in development.


Speakers
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Joshua Frankel

Director, A Marvelous Order - An Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
Joshua Frankel is a director, animator and visual artist. He grew up in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City in a building filled with musicians, actors and dancers. He spent most of his youth listening to hiphop and trying not to let anyone take his lunch money. His work... Read More →
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Judd Greenstein

Composer, A Marvelous Order - An Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
Judd Greenstein is a Brooklyn-based composer of structurally complex, viscerally engaging works for varied instrumentation. His work has been heard at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Amsterdam's Musiekgebouw, the Bang on a Can Marathon... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:20pm - 5:30pm
The TimesCenter

5:30pm

Networking Reception
Friday October 23, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The TimesCenter