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What does equity mean? How do you define equity? How do you realize equity in the urban realm? Equity is a complex issue and can have multiple definitions. Organized by ASLA-NY, AIA New York, and APANY Metro, this year's joint conference is themed as Future State: Designing the Equitable City and aims to explore these issues and complexities at greater depth, especially as they relate to spatial equity, design process, and outcomes.

While our three professions share an ethos that promotes sustainability, resilience, and public access, this conference will bring together architects, landscape architects, and planners to explore new paradigms for designing in a more equitable way. The panels will specifically examine how practices are evolving to center equity and justice in our public realm, community engagement, housing and zoning, and extreme heat adaptation.

Scheduled over one full day, Future State will reflect upon new and necessary expectations placed upon our built and natural environment, redefine how our professions can best respond to these new expectations, and work to redefine the city as one that works for all. We will engage with practitioners, academics, and government officials for a dynamic series of discussions that chart a path forward for this City.

Keynote: Ya-Ting Liu, Chief Public Realm Officer, City of New York

Session 1: Codesiging Collaboration
Moderator: Deborah Marton, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute

Rebecca Karp, Founding Principal and CEO, Karp Strategies
Walter Rodriquez Meyer, PLA, ASLA, Founding Principal, LOCAL
Tiasia O'Brien, Founder and CEO, Seam Social Labs

Session 2: Land Use in New York City – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Moderator: Moses Gates, Vice President for Housing and Neighborhood Planning, Regional Plan Association

Nancy Owens, FASLA, Founder and Principal, Nancy Owens Studio Landscape Architecture + Urban Design PLLC
Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP Commissioner, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, Founding Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Perris Straughter, AICP, Director of Planning & Land Use, New York City Council

Session 3: Essential Public Realm: Demand it Now
Moderator: Margaret Newman, FAIA, Practice Leader, Urban Places + Smart Mobility, Stantec

Jerome Haferd, Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture (CCNY), Principal, JEROME HAFERD / BRANDT : HAFERD Architecture
Edith Hsu-Chen, Executive Director, NYC Department of City Planning
Gary Sorge, Vice President, Director of Landscape Architecture, Stantec

Session 4: Extreme Heat
Moderator: Ilana Judah, AIA, Associate Principal and Americas East Resilience Leader, ARUP

Kishore Varanasi, AICP, Senior Principal, Director of Urban Design, CBT Architects
Victoria Cerullo, Acting Executive Director, Mayor's Office for Climate and Environmental Justice
Martha Schwartz, Principal, Martha Schwartz Partners

Registration opening August 22, 2023. Early Bird pricing August 22 through September 8.

LACES, APA, and AIA Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

8:30-9:00 am – Register + Coffee
9-9:15 am – Welcome and CES information
9:15-9:45 am – Keynote: 30 min
9:45-11 am – Panel 1: Community Engagement
11-11:15 am – Break
11:15-12:30 pm – Panel 2: Housing and Zoning
12:30-1:30 pm – Lunch and Networking
1:30-2:45 pm – Panel 3: Public Realm
2:45-3:00 pm – Break
3:00-4:15 pm – Panel 4: Extreme Heat
4:15-4:30 pm – Closing Remarks

Sponsored by:
Co:census, Country Casual Teak, Iron Age Designs, Vestre

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