Examined through the lens of landscape urbanism, this program will take a comprehensive look at the ways urban public spaces are responding to changing uses and technology. How are people communicating and interacting in our digital world? Is public space still relevant?
Moderated by Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, a panel of experts will discuss themes including public spaces as the new short-stay workplaces—as people move out of controlled environments and into the open, these spaces reflect the new socialization; traditional workplaces becoming public spaces—Google’s headquarters, corporate building lobby cafés; turning temporary plazas into permanent and humane ones; “private” parks; and outdoor living rooms. These topics will be discussed against a backdrop of the visual communication of space and function.
Moderator: Signe Nielsen, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects;
President, Public Design Commission of the City of New York
David Burney FAIA, Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC)
Stephen Cassell, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Architecture Research Office (ARO)
Campbell Hyers, CEO and Partner, Control Group, Inc.
John Shapiro, Chair, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
Susan Szenasy Hon. AIANY, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis
Organized by: AIANY Marketing and Communications Committee and Debra Pickrel, Principal, Pickrel Communications