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Wed 10.22.2014

Issues in Civic Visioning: A Town and Gown event


When: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM WEDNESDAY, ARCHTOBER 22

Where: At The Center   

A collaboration among AIA New York | Center for Architecture, the AIANY Public Architecture Committee, and Town+Gown, the first part of this program will pick up on the “place making” theme that was highlighted at the previous Town+Gown event in May 2014, "Redesigning Neighborhood Change." The second part of the program will focus on technical solutions to the challenges ahead—building information modeling and lean construction principles, on the one hand, and design-thinking and human-centered design, on the other.


Michael Plottel, AIA, and Anna Torriani, AIA, Co-Chairs, AIANY Public Architecture Committee

Placemaking on the Ground Re/Designing Neighborhood Change

David Burney, FAIA
, Associate Professor, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Pratt Institute

Red Hook HUB: A Creative Placemaking Project
Laetitia Wolff, Cultural Engineer; AIGA/NY Design/Relief Program Director
James Andrews, Board Secretary, Amplifier Project
Alicia Cheng, Founding Partner,

Data Driven Influence
Andrew Shea, Adjunct Professor, Communications Design, Parsons The New School for Design; Assistant Professor, GradComD, Pratt Institute; and Principal, MANY design studio
Shawn Campbell, District Manager, Brooklyn Community Board 14

Community Engagement = Good Communications
Mark Randall, Chair, Impact! Design for Social Change, School of Visual Arts; Principal, Worldstudio
Kris Goddard, Executive Director, Neighborhood Development Division, NYC Department of Small Business Services

Design-thinking, BIM-thinking, Lean-thinking

Joe Hogan, Vice President, Building Services, New York State Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America

Building Information Modeling Systems (BIM)
Safiy Abdur-Rahman, Director Applied Technology, NYC Department of Design + Construction
Lennart Anderson, Visiting Professor, Pratt Institute; Director, Virtual Design and Construction, LiRo
Anthony Buccellato, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Architecture, Pratt Institute; Principal, All City Architecture
Zhigang Shen, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, Visiting Professor, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering

Lean Design + Construction
Sam Spata, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, International Operations, Flad Architects

Design Thinking and Human Centered Design
Victoria Milne, Director, Public Art and Design Initiatives, NYC Department of Design + Construction

Closing Remarks

Michael Plottel, AIA, and Anna Torriani, AIA, Co-Chairs, AIANY Public Architecture Committee

Price: Free for AIA members and students with a valid student ID; $10 non-members
Organized by: Town+Gown, AIANY | Center for Architecture, and AIANY Public Architecture Committee
Co-Sponsored by: The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA/NY)


This pro­gram is presented in conjunction with The Lance Jay Brown, FAIA AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision”

A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2014.

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