Calendar of Events

Sat 10.03.2015

Designing Affordability Symposium


When: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SATURDAY, ARCHTOBER 3

Where: At The Center   

Please join us for a symposium related to the exhibition, Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now. The symposium will host presentations by practicing architects and policy innovators, followed by a series of moderated discussions. Together, speakers will examine new developments in building innovations, living situations, and progressive partnerships that can bring down the cost of housing and, as such, incorporate affordability into these systems. The symposium will address how architects, engineers, planners, policy makers, tenants, and homeowners are crafting innovative ways to reduce the cost of housing and increase opportunities by rethinking how we build, maintain, and occupy structures. The symposium will present case studies alongside presentations by innovators in housing construction. Case study presenters and innovators will be paired in conversation with a moderator. Together, the speakers will examine new developments in building innovations, living situations, and progressive partnerships that might help bring down the cost of housing and, as such, design affordability into these systems. 

Symposium schedule 

8:30 am 
Breakfast Reception and Exhibition Viewing

9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction
David Burney, FAIA, Interim Executive Director, AIANY / Center for Architecture

9:15 am
Designing Affordability: An Exhibition
Marc Norman, Curator

9:45 am
Designing for Performance
Gary Handel, FAIA, President, Handel Architects
Russell Unger, LEED AP, Executive Director, Urban Green Council
Moderator: Cathy Lang Ho, Editor and Writer

11:00 am
Designing for Living
Eric Bunge, AIA, Principal, nARCHITECTS
Sarah Watson, Deputy Director, Citizens Housing Planning Council
Moderator: Cathy Lang Ho, Editor and Writer

12:00 pm 
Lunch served and brief recess

12:30 pm
Partnerships for Design
Les Bluestone, President, Blue Sea Development Company
Shola Olatoye, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, New York City Housing Authority
Moderator: Cathy Lang Ho, Editor and Writer

1:30 pm 
Closing Keynote
Carl Weisbrod, Director, NYC Department of City Planning, Chairman, NYC Planning Commission

 $70 for AIA members and symposium affiliate members (please see below), $90 for non-members.
Register here
Continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided.


Exhibition Opening

Thursday, October 1, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


AIANY President's Circle




Special thanks to our organizational affiliate members, including: Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Enterprise Community Partners, Furman Center, Institute for Public Architecture, Municipal Arts Society, New York Building Congress, New York Housing Conference, New York State Association for Affordable Housing, Urban Green Council, Urban Land Institute


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