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5/19/17, 10am - 6pm
6.0 LU / 6.0 HSW

United Nations Headquarters
Conference Room 4

Every great city has great portals. Often spectacular in scale and scope, these portals are the entry points in cities that create the first impression. They convey the importance and the magnificence of the city; they define the collective ambitions of the populous; they are important cultural artifacts; they define the character of a city and they tend to last many generations.

The event organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization in association with UN-Habitat and AIA New York will bring together key stakeholders from the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross‐sectoral nature of gateway portals as sustainable infrastructure with multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting will look at gateway portals linked by traditional and new forms of mobility as an organizing concept in support of the New Urban Agenda adopted by UN member states during the Habitat III conference III in Quito in 2016.

Registration closes May 16. Photo ID is required for entry to the UN.


H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President, United Nations General Assembly
H.E. Mr. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President, ECOSOC
H.E. Ms. Amina Mohammed, TBC

Dr. Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
“The New Urban Agenda: a new approach to planning and shaping infrastructure” 

Dr. Santiago Calatrava
, Founder, Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers
“Gateway portals to cities around the world”

11:15 AM SESSION 1: CASE STUDIES – Gateway Portals to the City

Chair: H.E. ………Perm Representative of Norway (TBC)…..…. to the UN

Moderator: Professor Urs P. Gauchat, CSU; Dean Emeritus, NJIT College of Architecture and Design

• Ms. Christina Tung, Grimshaw Global
• Mr. Michael P. M. Spies, Tishman Speyer
• Mr. David Dixon, FAIA, Senior Principal, Urban Design Group Leader, Stantec
• Professor William Menking, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Architect’s Newspaper; Professor, Graduate Center for City and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute

Audience Q&A

12:30 PM SESSION 2: The Role of Design Professionals  
Chair: H.E. Ambassador, María Emma Mejía, Permanent Representative of Colombia to United Nations

Introduction: Mr. Theodore Liebman, FAIA, CSU, Principal, Perkins Eastman
Professor H. Oner Yurtseven, CSU, Professor Emeritus, Purdue School of Engineering
• Mr. David Piscuskas, FAIA, President, AIA New York Chapter; Founding Principal, 1100 Architect

Mr. Thomas Vonier, FAIA, RIBA, President American Institute of Architects,
Secretary General, International Union of Architects (UIA)

The UN Cafeteria will be open to all participants during the noon break

3:00 PM SESSION 3: CASE STUDIES – Reshaping cities and the urban rural continuum through Gateway Portals

Chair: H.E. ………Perm Representative of Japan (TBC)…..…. to the UN

Moderator: Mr. James McCullar, FAIA, President, CSU; Principal, James McCullar Architecture

Mr. Feniosky Pena-Mora, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Mr. Professor Francisco Sanin, Syracuse University (Medellin)
Ms. Irena Zubcevic, Chief, Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Michelle Young, Founder, Untapped Cities

Audience Q&A

4:00 PM SESSION 4: Gateway Portals in implementation of the New Urban Agenda: A conversation on the way forward

Chair: H.E. ………Permanent Representative of Ecuador (TBC)…..…. to the UN

Moderator: Professor Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, CSU, ACSA Distinguished Professor, CCNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture

Professor Eugenie Birch, Penn Institute for Urban Research; President, General Assembly of Partners (GAP)
Mr. Filiep Decorte, Acting Director, NYC Office, UN-Habitat
Mr. Navid Hanif, Director, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs,  Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
Mr. Sarbuland Khan, Former Executive Director, Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies (GAID)

Audience Q&A


Dr. Aliye P. Celik, Vice President, CSU

5/19/17, 10am - 6pm
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