Lecture: Equity, Engagement and Transparency in Urban Adaptation–Best Case Examples from Abroad, Part 1

July 17, 2013   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
More Info
Pratt Center for Community Development

A two-night lecture series

Making New York City more resilient to climate change will require us to make far-reaching decisions about our physical environment – but our tools for making such decisions at all, much less in an inclusive and transparent manner, are far from being equal to the task. Making equitable and democratic decisions about infrastructure and public realm projects involves inherent challenges. The Pratt Graduate Programs for Sustainable Planning and Design’s two-night lecture series will examine some international examples of major projects in the public realm – including the transformation of streetscapes, waterfronts, and public spaces, as well as large-scale water management – and explore the processes through which they have been conceived, designed, and implemented.  The program will begin to address the questions:

• What kinds of public and private sector entities have been responsible for conceiving such projects and for carrying them forward through implementation? • How are the concerns of multiple stakeholders, especially those with the least access to information and power, surfaced and addressed? • What kinds of financing are involved and how does this shape the process and the outcome? • What are the most successful – and the most cautionary examples – of successful engagement of the public, and of collaboration among different levels of government and with private interests? • When projects are long-term and technologically complex and involve winners and losers, what are good practices for disseminating information and building public consensus? As part of the series, the Pratt Center’s Director of Policy, Joan Byron, will discuss case studies of transformative public realm projects in London, Paris, and Amsterdam that she explored during her German Marshall Fund travel fellowship in 2012. The projects were planned and carried out with the stated goal of improving public spaces and transit used by low-income residents of these global cities, and offer some lessons on how public space can mitigate – or amplify – economic segregation and inequality here in New York City. Moderated by Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Hon. AIA, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment. This event is free and open to the public.

Session 1: The Process – July 17th 6-8pm

Henk Ovin, Senior Advisor to Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan, Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Joan Byron,Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development Peter Zlonicky, Munick Office of Urban Planning and Urban research Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, The City College of New York, and Co-Chair, AIANY Committee on Design for Risk and Reconstruction