Making Cities: Whither Design? @ TNS, Sept. 24

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One-Day Public Symposium:   Saturday, September 24th, 2011,   9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Kellen Auditorium,  Parsons The New School for Design,  Ground Floor,  66 5th Avenue,  New York City

1.  Introductions and Welcome
9:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Aseem Inam, Director of Theories of Urban Practice Program and Associate Professor of Urbanism at Parsons The
  • New School for Design, and Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, MIT
  • Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons The New School for Design

2.  Keynote Speakers:  State of the Art of Urbanism
10:00 am – 11:15 am

  • Tridib Banerjee, James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and Professor, University of Southern California
  • Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Associate Dean and Professor of Urban Planning, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Discussant:  Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, The New School for Public Engagement

Coffee Break:  11:15 am – 11:30 am:  Served in the lobby

3.  History, Theory, and Influences:  Recent Developments in the Intellectual Infrastructure
11:30 am – 12:45 pm

  • Christine Boyer, Kenan Professor of Architecture and Director of the Undergraduate Urban Studies Certificate Program, Princeton University:  “The Two Orders of Cybernetics in Urban Form and Design”
  • Kristen Day, Professor and Head of the Department of Technology, Culture and Society, NYU Polytechnic:  “Feminist Approaches to Urban Design”
  • Discussant:  Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design

Lunch:  12:45 pm – 1:45 pm:  Served in the lobby

4.  Components and Trends:  Contemporary Urban Issues and Challenges
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Gary Hack, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania:  “Urban Flux”
  • Clara Irazbal, Assistant Professor of International Urban Planning, Columbia University:  “Ethnoscapes”
  • Discussant:  Margarita Gutman, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and International Affairs, The New School, and Full Professor Consulta, University of Buenos Aires

Coffee Break:  3:00 pm – 3:15 pm:  Served in the lobby

5.  New Directions:  The Future of the City
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

  • Jeffrey Hou, Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington:  “Citizen Design:  Participation and Beyond”
  • Aseem Inam, Director of Theories of Urban Practice Program and Associate Professor of Urbanism at Parsons The New School for Design, and Fellow, Center for Ethics, MIT:  “Smart Growth:  A Critical Review of the State of the Art”
  • Kathy Madden, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces, Inc.:  “Placemaking in Urban Design”
  • Discussant:  Miguel-Robles Duran, Director of Design and Urban Ecologies Program and Assistant Professor of Urbanism, Parsons The New School for Design, and Co-Founder, Cohabitation Strategies, Rotterdam and New York

6.  Wrap-Up and Thanks
4:45 – 5:00 pm
Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Dean, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design

The symposium is free and open to all.  It is organized by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and funded by a grant from the Office of the Provost, The New School.  For more information, please contact Professor Aseem Inam:

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