Calendar of Events

Sat 06.14.2014

Open to the Public Symposium

AIA CES: 5.5 LU | 5.5 HSW

When: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 14

Where: At The Center   

Held in conjunction with the exhibitions Polis: 7 Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space, the Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture, Barcelona Glories: Dialogue & Transformation, and Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, “Open to Public” is a day-long international symposium that will examine the multiple dimensions of public space.

European and American cities are changing rapidly, in part due to the processes of de-industrialization, integration, and economic globalization. Discussions will explore how city authorities understand public spaces and how their decisions reflect the needs and experiences of their citizens while exploring new strategies and innovative practices for place making.

The speakers will address several key questions: Who has the right to define public space? How do such places generate and sustain symbolic meaning? Is public space unchanging, or is it subject to our subjective perception? Does the public have the right to take over and change public space? Topics will range from parks, to cities, to small towns, to open-air museums and airports, encompassing the commercial marketing of place as well as the subversion and re-possession of public space by the disenfranchised. Ultimately, speakers will explain how public space is the site of social and political contestation and aesthetic change.

The afternoon will be dedicated to breakout sessions on New York public spaces. Directed by architects, artists, and leaders in charge of each project, participants will get an in-depth perspective on the process of building public space.


Watch the symposium on the Center for Architecture's Vimeo page here!

Symposium schedule

9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIA New York Chapter
Thomas Mellins, Curator, Open to the Public: Civic Space Now exhibition

9:15 am
Opening Keynote
Christine Bräm, Executive Director, Office of Parks and Open Spaces, City of Zurich
Respondent: Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President, The Trust for Public Land

10:15-11:40 am
Enlivening and Enjoying Public Space
Moderator: Susannah Drake, AIA, ASLA, Principal, dlandstudio
Judit Carrera, Director of the European Prize for Urban Public Space, Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona
Christopher Janney, Composer/Artist/Architect, PhenomenArts, Inc.
Ned Smyth, Sculptor
Bernard Tschumi, FAIA, Principal and Founder, Bernard Tschumi Architects

11:40am-1:05 pm
Empowering Communities through Public Space
ModeratorDavid Dixon, FAIA, Senior Principal, Stantec Urban Group Leader
Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Space
Barry Mandel, President and Park Director, Discovery Green, Houston
Ron Shiffman, Hon. AIA, Professor, Grad Center for Planning, Pratt Institute
Hyuntek Yoon, Architect, nooyoon

1:05-2:05 pm

2:05-3:30 pm
Ownership and Propriety in Public Space
ModeratorDavid Burney, FAIA, Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for Active Design; Professor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
David Kelly, Director, Risk Management Services, Cushman & Wakefield
Setha Low, Professor of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Psychology, and Director of the Public Space Research Group, City University of New York
Laura Hansen, Executive Director, Neighborhood Plaza Partnership
Michael Arad, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Handel Architects

3:30 pm
Breakout session
Simultaneous presentations of recent New York public spaces projects:

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes (Barcelona) with Ana Coello de Llobet, Founder, Ana Coello Paisaje y Arquitectura and Olivier Philippe, Co-founder and Director, Agence Ter, and Antoni Vives i Tomàs, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona
Governors Island with Leslie Koch, AIA, President and CEO, The Trust for Governors Island

Times Square Reconstruction Project with Claire Fellman, ASLA, LEED AP, Director and Project Manager, Snøhetta
9/11 Memorial Museum with Carl Krebs, AIA, Partner, Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners

Bronx River Arts Center with Natalie Jeremijenko, Artist, Engineer and Inventor with a specialty in environmental and urban issues
McCarren Park Pool (Brooklyn) with Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects


Hunter's Point South Park (Queens) with Marion Weiss, FAIA, Co-founder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism and Graham Chair Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
St George Ferry Terminal (Staten Island) with Tattfoo Tan, Artist  

4:45 pm  

Closing Conversation
Carl Weisbrod, Chair, New York City Planning Commission
Mitchell Silver
, Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

5:45 pm


Price: $25 for AIA member; $35 for non-member; and free for students with valid student ID

There will be no refunds available for this event.

Organized by: Center for Architecture

This program is part of BCN-NYC Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.



Exhibition Opening | Open to the Public: Civic Space Now
Thursday, June 12, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibition Opening | Barcelona Glories: Dialogue & Transformation
Thursday, June 12, 6:00-8:00pm

Open to The Public Symposium
Saturday, June 14, 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

AIANY Featured Guide Boat Tour - Adam Yarkinsky, FAIA 
Sunday, June 15, 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Exhibition Open House
Monday, June 16, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Modern Architecture in the West Village and Meatpacking District
Saturday, June 21, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

AIANY Featured Guide Boat Tour -  Signe Nielsen FASLA
Sunday, June 22, 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Roosevelt Island: 1970s “New Town in Town” To FDR Four Freedoms Park (Walking Tour)
Saturday, June 28, 11 am - 1:30 pm

Public Space: Community and Privacy
Wednesday, July 2, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NYU & Washington Square: Changing Strategies of Growth and Design
Saturday, July 5, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Midtown Manhattan-Modernism Evolving: Crosstown Section: 53rd ST. (Approx.) East To West (Walking Tour)
Saturday, July 12,10:30 am -1:00 pm

West Side Story: Evolution of Lincoln Center (Walking Tour)
Thursday, July 19, 10 am - 11:30 am 

Who Pays For Public Space?
Thursday, July 24, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Remembering The Future”: Architecture at The 1964/65 New York World's Fair (Walking Tour)
Saturday, July 26, 11:00 am 
- 1:00 pm

9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center - Architecture, Urban Planning and the History of the New and Original WTC (Walking Tour)
Saturday, August 9, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Midtown Manhattan-Modernism Evolving: East 42nd St. United Nations and Vicinity (Walking Tour)
Saturday, August 16,
 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

New York's Civic Center: History of Its Urban Development & Architecture (Walking Tour)
Saturday, August 23,
 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The High Line, Hudson River Park and New Architecture in West Chelsea and The Far West Village
Saturday, August 30, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Future of Public Space
Friday, September 5, 6 pm - 8 pm

Midtown Manhattan-Modernism Evolving: The Park Avenue Corridor (Walking Tour)
Saturday, September 6, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm


This symposium was made possible by the generous support of the following exhibitions sponsors:

Open to the Public: Civic Space Now is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Polis: 7 Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space and Open to the Public: Civic Space Now were made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:



Grimshaw Architects
Ennead Architects
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Peter Gisolfi Associates
Robert A. M. Stern Architects
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Thomas Phifer and Partners

Capalino + Company
Desai Chia Architecture
Handel Architects
Ibex Construction
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
New York Building Congress
Stephen B. Jacobs Group
Syska Hennessy Group
TEN Arquitectos
Thornton Tomasetti
Zetlin & De Chiara

List as of March 26, 2014

The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture
is presented in New York by the generous support of Presence Switzerland.



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