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1.5 LU / 1.5 HSW


When: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MONDAY, JANUARY 23

Where: At The Center   

With high demand for limited space, New Yorkers are continually on the lookout for newer and larger public realms.  In order to meet this demand for space, several recent and ongoing projects have focused on repurposing the city’s abdandoned and under-utilized transportation and infrastructure. These projects depend upon the collaboration between city agencies, community organizations, and public-private partnerships to create healthier, more sustainable public spaces.

Join the AIANY Transportation + Infrastructure Committee for a panel discussion about collaborative projects that make outdated infrastructure a vital part of the urban experience.

Madelyn Wils, President and CEO, Hudson River Park
Andrew Kimball, CEO, Industry City
Susannah Drake, FASLA, Founding Principal, DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture pllc

Moderator: David van der Leer, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute

Susannah C. Drake, AIA, FASLA, is the founding principal of DLANDstudio architecture + landscape architecture. The firm is the winner of national and international urban design awards from the AIA, ASLA, and Chicago Athenaeum, among others, and its Rising Currents, New Urban Ground project for Lower Manhattan is in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt. Drake was winner of the 2014 New Practices New York award from the AIA. In 2013 she was awarded the AIA Young Architects Award, Fellowship in the ASLA, and the firm was recognized as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York. Drake is also the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, Environmental Facilities Corporation, NOAA, EPA, The James Marston Fitch Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts for research on campus landscapes and large-scale urban infrastructure projects.

Andrew Kimball joined Industry City as CEO directing the redevelopment of the long-underutilized six-million square foot industrial facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in August 2013. In March 2015, Industry City launched a 12-year, $1B redevelopment that will create 20,000 jobs through a unique mixed-use blend of innovation economy and modern manufacturing, retail, and academic uses. From 2005 to 2013, Kimball served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard overseeing the transformation of the 300-acre former Naval ship-building facility into a national model for the creation of innovation economy jobs and sustainability. Prior to his Navy Yard appointment, Kimball served as Director of Operations for NYC2012, the privately-funded bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City, and as Vice President of the New York Public Library. He holds a BA from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Coro Public Affairs Fellowship program. Kimball lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, Sarah Williams, and two children and serves on the boards of the Citizens Budget Commission, Prospect Park Alliance  and the Coro New York Leadership Center.

Madelyn Wils is President and CEO of Hudson River Park Trust. The Trust, a state authority in partnership with the City of New York, is responsible for developing, managing and operating the four-mile, 550-acre waterfront park. Wils was previously Executive VP of Planning, Development and Maritime at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, overseeing dozens of waterfront, transportation, streetscapes and park improvements across the five boroughs, including the East River Ferry Service, Hunters Point South, Coney Island, East River Waterfront, and Homeport. In her role, she also oversaw the creation of NYC’s Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES). Prior to joining NYCEDC, Wils served as President of the Tribeca Film Institute and Chair of Community Board One. In the aftermath of 9/11, Madelyn was appointed to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp and played an integral role in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.

David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute, develops projects that explore the nuanced relationship between the built environment and the human being. Under his leadership, Van Alen focuses on the ways our minds and bodies are impacted by the cities we live in, and how we in turn impact the environment. A highlight is Ecologies of Addiction, a multi-year investigation into the ways digital technologies can shed light on the complex relationship between the city and addictive behaviors; it is currently in its first phase in London. Since arriving at the Institute in 2013, van der Leer has created a period of strategic growth with a new programming hub in the Flatiron district, and new models for connections between the Institute’s interdisciplinary design competitions, research, and public programs. In close collaboration with a vibrant new team and board, van der Leer is working to bring Van Alen’s work to places around the US and beyond.

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