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The New Urban Crisis

On Tuesday, July 31st  Join Van Alen Institute as we delve into Richard Florida’s The New Urban Crisis. In 2002, Richard Florida published The Rise of the…

Urbanist Summer Scavenger Hunt

On Thursday, July 19, 6:00–9:00 PM, the MAS Urbanists will team up with AIA New York’s Archtober to host a summer scavenger hunt. Join us and put your knowledge of local…

Designing to Avoid Disaster

Thomas Fisher, a professor and Director of the Minnesota Design Center at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the fracture-critical nature of many of the…


Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly are now on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten…

Gateway Portals to the City: Infrastructure for Sustainable Urbanization

The event organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, 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 sustainable infrastructure and portals to the city and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the SDGs. All modes of transport portals will be addressed.The meeting will also look at points of entry to the city from the perspective of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Quito in 2016.

Urban Food Policy Forum: Food Systems and Regional Planning

Food related issues touch nearly every aspect of our society including the economy, health, transportation, and land and water use. Urban planners analyze these sectors in order to achieve strategic, policy, and sustainability goals with the intent of making cities work more effectively. With food playing such a pivotal role in the life of cities, planners are increasingly looked upon to take more of a central and active part in shaping the urban food environment. This forum looks at ways this is happening in New York City as illustrated by the recently released Five Borough Food Flow report and the upcoming Fourth Regional Plan.

NY Background: Robert Bowen Screening and Performance

Through sensations of depth, sound, and movement, this uniquely collaborative experimental media work is an instrument to view the city, as it examines the iconic geopolitical landscape of Lower Manhattan in ways not previously experienced. New York City is revealed to be a panopticon of frenetic urban renewals culminating in postmodern hyperspace, geopolitical tragedy and the entropic effects of climate change.

Urban Forestry: Lessons learned, Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

On November 9th at Cornell Architecture Art Planning from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM, for a presentation from author Jill Jonnes, and panel discussion with expert voices in American forestry; Fiona Watt, NYC Parks| Todd Forrest, US Forest Service| Joseph Gittelman, ALB Expert

Infrastructure for a Cooperating City

We invite you to our second workshop and salon. Explore with us the digital, physical and cultural infrastructure needed to facilitate social and economic cooperation at…

In the Land Bank: Borrowing, Bankruptcy & Bailouts, Fast-Paced Presentations and Discussion

Who holds the strings to the public purse that pays for crucial services and ultimately determines a city’s financial survival? From grassroots land grabs and infrastructure collapse, to Community Development Block Grant programs, we’ll pinpoint the state and federal policies and land-use loopholes that have major implications for municipal money.

Photo Poetry: Finding Inspiration in the Urban Environment w/ Miska Draskoczy

Learn how photography and poetry can combine to explore the rich fabric of our urban environment. Part neighborhood photo walk, part writing workshop, no prior experience is necessary, just an openness to experimentation, play and collaboration. Miska Draskoczy is a photographer and writer whose forthcoming photo book, Gowanus Wild, examines nature and wilderness in the industrial environment.

How to Grow a City – Presented at SohoHouse

Join us for an in-depth panel discussion into the complex landscape of cities and the challenges facing how we decide to grow them. The diverse panel of experts will share unique perspectives and insights into how they’re currently shaping the future of city living.