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.
this Saturday, September 24th, as part of “Celebrate Mexico Now Festival” my friend Natalia Porter is presenting a Trajinera, a traditional Mexican boat at the Queens Museum of Art. Prior to actual boat rides with mariachis and food there will be a conversation about cities and water with guests from Mexico City and New York City (at 3pm). The museum has a model of New York City’s watershed on display and of course the famous panorama -always worth a visit! See the full schedule for the day here
Join the Street Vendor Project, the Design Trust for Public Space, and Columbia University’s Street Vendor Planning Studio for a picnic at a privately owned public space (POPS) in the heart of the Financial District. Learn more about SVP’s work to open the city to vendors, and about ways to activate POPS downtown. SVP vendors will sell light fare; plates, cups, and utensils will be provided.
6:00 pm – 7:30pm at the public plaza at Water Street and Gouverneur Lane
Free / Open to the Public