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9/13/19, 9am - 5pm
Center for Architecture
6 LU

Large-Scale Developments—from Battery Park to Hudson Yards to future rezonings throughout the five boroughs—have shaped and will continue to shape the physical fabric of New York City’s built environment. This conference encourages cross-pollination among the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning as we come together to examine this timely subject and explore lessons learned and potential for the future. This premier annual event among our three organizations will consist of four panel discussion sessions and a keynote speaker, each of which will address aspects of how New York City has been and will be influenced by large-scale developments. 

See further information on speakers and sessions here.

6 AICP Credits (pending)
6.0 LACES Credits (pending)
6 AIA Credits

Pricing (all includes lunch):

APA-ASLA-AIA Member Early Bird Registration–$90 (ends 8/30)


Student Registration–$25



Keynote – Rohit Aggarwala, Sidewalk Labs

Session 1 – History: Influences from the Past

The panel will examine how large-scale developments in history have shaped New York City’s built environment. Speakers will discuss how concentrated and substantial real property investment before 1990 has shaped neighborhoods and influenced policy and design in New York City.

Speakers: Stan Eckstut, Perkins Eastman; Mart Gutman, CUNY; Ethel Sheffer, Public Design Commission

Moderator: Susan Szenasy, Metropolis

Session 2 – Present: the Last Two Decades

Discussing recent large-scale developments and those currently under construction, this panel will look into current policies and urban design that have shaped the newest wave of New York City’s large-scale developments.

Speakers: Wayne Benjamin, Manhattan CB12; Jessica Lappin, Downtown Alliance; James Tenyenhuis, Field Operations
Moderator: Paimaan Lodhi, REBNY

Session 3 – Unbuilt Projects: Lessons Learned

While proposals did not always advance beyond the planning stage, unbuilt large-scale development proposals have significantly influenced the City policy and how our professions  approach design. The panel considers the “what ifs” of New York City’s past and future.

Speakers: Donald Clinton, Cooper Robertson; Susannah Drake, DLand Studio; Javier Valdes, Make the Road NY

Moderator: Amy Plitt, Curbed

Session 4 – Future: What’s Next?

This panel will explore proposed developments considering districts, neighborhoods, and alternatives to geographic master-planning. Speakers will discuss how they are currently approaching planning for large-scale developments and the important issues that need to be considered.

Speakers: Elijah Hutchinson, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Lanie McKinnon, Nelson Byrd Woltz; Jeffrey Raven, RAVEN A+U
Moderator: Thomas Devaney, Municipal Art Society of New York
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9/13/19, 9am - 5pm
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