Calendar of Events

Sat 02.06.2016

CITIZEN/DESIGNER: Gentrification/Affordable Housing


When: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Where: Offsite AIANY Event   

Usagi NY | 163 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

CITIZEN/DESIGNER: A Public Conversation in Three Parts
What is the role of the individual in the design of urban space? Has the ever-expanding nexus of profit-driven development, foreign investment, rezoning, and gentrification rendered the individual effectively helpless - a bystander in a much larger game of real estate speculation and greed? Or are contemporary urban realities simply milestones in a broader historical continuum of urban development? Is it possible that newly available creative modes of participation via social media and crowd sourcing in fact provide the individual with radically new opportunities for creation, intervention, occupation, and resistance in the urban context?

Citizen/Designer is a series of open conversations that will explore both the possibilities and limitations faced by individuals who wish to contribute to the design of their cities. The series will bring together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders and activists across the fields of planning, real estate, art, and design in discussions that reflect on avenues currently open to everyday citizens in the making of the urban fabric. In a context of inclusivity and exploration, the conversations will begin to imagine new dynamics in which individuals play a more active role in the development of their cities.

Conversation 1: Gentrification/Affordable Housing
Is large-scale private development at odds with the availability of viable options for public housing? The conversation will investigate the ability of everyday citizens to promote affordable housing that can survive and perhaps even thrive in the current climate of real estate speculation and the accompanying burdens on (and displacement of) existing communities.

Rosanne Haggerty, President, Community Solutions
David Kramer, Principal, Hudson Companies Inc.
Ron Schiffman, Professor, Pratt Institute; Founder, Pratt Center for Community Development
Erik Chu, Architect, Marvel Architects

Moderator: Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, Founding Principal, Marvel Architects

Organized by: Marvel Architects and AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee

Price: Free


Other events in the CITIZEN/DESIGNER series:
Private/Public Partnerships
February 20, 2016, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Everyday People Making the City
March 12, 2016, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


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