Between January 2015 and the Summer of 2016 approximately 65.000 newcomers predominantly from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq arrived in the German capital city of Berlin. The majority of new arrivals were placed in temporary shelters and wait idle for months, sometimes years, for their asylum application to be granted. Many are stifled by German bureaucracy and language barriers to enter the labor force and become active and productive members of the communities they reside in.
on April 22nd at a 1-day summit at NYU in New York, which brings together various diplomats, representatives from the United Nations, eminent architects, and academics from Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, NYU amongst others, to present and discuss displacement issues faced by individuals living in refugee settlements. Framed by a design competition – Place and Displacement, which asked teams to envision a marketplace for refugees in three places, the summit brings together design and policy. See Ideation World for more on speaker and details about the event. I am excited to be moderating the discussion about Berlin, Germany and Europe.
Modular construction for refugee shelter as sustainable infill development in Berlin
a Workshop with students from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in collaboration with the University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin and KU Leuven.
See a recording of The Spatial Impact Of Forced Migration: Implications For Urban Scholarship And Practice
How can architects, planners and designers respond to the global refugee crisis?
Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:30pm
Featuring A People’s Plan for the East River Waterfront co-authors:
Jason Cheng, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Anne Frederick, Hester Street Collaborative
Damaris Reyes, GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side)
Moderated by Kaja Kuehl, Columbia University GSAPP
Organized by the Urban Planning Program and moderated by Kaja Kuehl, this is the third installment of the monthly series “Where is New York?*
In their 2009 community plan A People’s Plan for the East River Waterfront, a collection of organizations on Manhattan’s Lower East Side called the O.U.R. Waterfront Coalition offered alternative visions for a stretch of land slated for redevelopment by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Hugging the FDR as it reaches past Piers 15, 35, 36 and 42 from the Battery Maritime Building toward the southern end of East River Park, this site touches a cross-section of New Yorkers—traders on Wall Street, merchants at South Street Seaport, and residents of NYCHA’s Vladek and La Guardia Houses. The People’s Plan addresses worries around gentrification and displacement of, advocates for increased access and diversity of amenities on the waterfront, and proposes ongoing community input into its design. One tool for collecting this input is coalition-member organization Hester Street Collaborative’s “Waterfront on Wheels,” a mobile model that “engages local residents around envisioning the future for public park space on the East River waterfront” through workshops and visioning sessions.
On November 18, 2011, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and New York State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that $14 million had been secured from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the redevelopment of Pier 42 into a public park. This victory raises many urban-planning related questions: what vehicles can activate civic participation? What are the roles of community plans in urban development, and should they be oppositional or collaborative in tone? Finally, what is the future of Pier 42? #wood112811
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia University GSAPP, 1 train to 116th Street
Free and open to the public
*Each month, one program at GSAPP identifies a site within the five boroughs that has been important to their discipline within the past year and bring designers, policymakers, developers, community activists, and other New Yorkers together to discuss the site and question where we are.