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9/8/21, 12pm - 2pm
1.5 LU / 1.5 HSW

This program is the third in the “Post-COVID Cities” series, hosted by the AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee and the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Framework for Opportunity” will recast lessons learned in after 9/11 by examining the New York New Visions initiative, identifying present-day opportunities for a post-COVID planning framework for outreach, coordinated advocacy, and partnerships.

Societal vulnerabilities brought to the fore by COVID-19 amplified calls for the design and planning community to advance longstanding advocacy issues in the built environment, including climate action, transit and public realm equity, and housing justice.

At the twenty-year mark since the 9/11 tragedy, after which the heart of lower Manhattan was rebuilt, we stand at a new moment of inflection, one characterized by administrative transitions, national investment in infrastructure, and a global reckoning with climate change. It is a moment to rise to the disciplinary challenges required to counteract climate change and unlock the potential of under-resourced and marginalized communities.


Reflection / Inflection: Kenneth A. Lewis, AIA, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; 2021 President, AIA New York

Part I: Post-COVID NYC: A Framework for Opportunity

A synthesis of planning and design considerations brought to light by the COVID-19 crisis, based on issues identified in previous “Post-COVID Cities” programs.

Framework presented by:
Mike Aziz AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Director of Urban Design, Cooper Robertson; Committee Member, AIANY Planning & Urban Design Committee
Jim Wright, AIA, Director of Advocacy, AIANY Transportation + Infrastructure Committee

Framework Working Group:
Transportation: Margaret Newman, FAIA, LEED AP, Practice Leader, Urban Places and Smart Mobility, Stantec
Climate Justice: Christian Braneon, PhD, Remote Sensing Specialist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Housing: Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Economics: Carol Tan, Vice President, Strategy, New York City Economic Development Corporation 
Resilience: Elijah Hutchinson, Vice President, Waterfront, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Planning and Development: James Lima, President, JLP+D

Part II: New York New Visions: Lessons Learned

The planning and design community’s organizational response after 9/11 provides valuable lessons as we look to emerge from the pandemic as a more healthy, resilient, and equitable city.                                                   

Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP/PP, LEED AP, Senior Principal Emeritus, FXCollaborative Architects
Ethel Sheffer, FAICP, Principal, Insight Associates
Ray Gastil, AICP, LEED AP ND, Director, Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Rob Lane, RA, Founding Partner, Plan + Process; Senior Fellow for Urban Design, Regional Plan Association

Ernie Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA, Principal, Hutton Associates, Inc.

Part III: Post-COVID Partnerships, Advocacy, and Beyond: A Springboard for Action

At this critical inflection point, as we prepare to emerge from the pandemic as a more equitable, resilient city and as a stronger regional network, the design and planning professions are well-positioned to lead the advancement of built-environment progress stemming from lessons learned during the emergency response to the pandemic. 

Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director, AIA New York | Center for Architecture 
Margaret Newman, FAIA, LEED AP, Practice Leader, Urban Places and Smart Mobility at Stantec; President, Urban Design Forum
Maulin Mehta AICP, New York Director, Regional Plan Association

Jessica Morris, Assoc. AIA, Co-Chair, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee


April 23, 2021 – NYC Perspective
June 10, 2021 – Reinventing World Cities


Organized by
AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee; AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
9/8/21, 12pm - 2pm
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