Summit NYC 2010

MAS Summit for New York City 2010

Last October, the Municipal Art Society hosted the inaugural MAS Summit for New York City.  With an audience of more than 600 participants drawn from the civic, corporate and foundation sectors across the city, the Summit was the first major gathering of its kind to be held in New York.

Over two days, more than 75 speakers, including policy makers, academics, business and civic leaders, developers and community activists, presented an exciting conference that included 20 unique sessions on livability, the built environment and the future of New York. The full sessions are available for viewing below.

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Livability

Rethinking Midtown East Redevelopment

The Department of City Planning’s East Midtown rezoning proposal, which would encourage the development of some of the largest buildings in NYC in a neighborhood already dealing with severe transit challenges and congested streets, is seeing some much needed change. Over the last year, MAS has been joined by area stakeholders, preservation groups, Dean of [...]

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Rethinking Midtown East Redevelopment
The Big Idea – Livability The Big Idea – Livability

How livable a city is New York? Municipal Art Society Chairman David M. Childs and President Vin Cipolla will open the inaugural MAS Summit for New York City by posing that question to several prominent New Yorkers, who will kick off the day’s discussions. Philip K. Howard, vice-chairman of Covington & Burling LLP and MAS [...]

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The Big Idea – Livability
The MAS Survey on Livability The MAS Survey on Livability

MAS President Vin Cipolla will release the results of the MAS Survey on Livability. The Municipal Art Society commissioned the Marist Institute for Public Opinion to conduct the survey of 1,000 New Yorkers to determine what they feel makes New York City livable.  The survey is supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Panelists will [...]

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The MAS Survey on Livability
Resilience, Prosperity and the New “Low-Carbon” Economy Resilience, Prosperity and the New “Low-Carbon” Economy

In a time of limited public resources, what are the new innovations and financing models that can help build resilient, livable cities and new “low-carbon” economies that are both sustainable and prosperous? Drawing from the Rockefeller Foundation’s global and local urban initiatives, President Judith Rodin will deliver a keynote address on new strategies and approaches [...]

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Judith Rodin and the new Low-Carbon economy
Demographics of a Changing New York Demographics of a Changing New York

What does it mean to have a dynamic population in New York? Why is immigration vital to our city? How do we compare to other urban environments regionally and nationally? Demographics of a Changing New York will address these questions and look at what the statistics mean to New York’s neighborhoods. The panel will be [...]

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Demographics of a Changing New York
New York’s City Vitals: The Economics of Livability New York’s City Vitals: The Economics of Livability

What are the economic benefits that cities like New York gain by being more livable? Joe Cortright, president and principal economist for Impresa, a consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, will speak about the ways certain urban environments incubate talent, innovation, connections and distinctiveness, and the positive economic effects this has in these areas. [...]

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The Economics of Livability
Closing Discussion Closing Discussion

How can we continue to create an environment that supports the varied needs of our residents? In what ways can new ideas, technology and creativity propel our city into the next decade? Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, will introduce the Summit’s last discussion [...]

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Closing Discussion

Creating Change in New York

Day Two Welcome Address Day Two Welcome Address

Ashton Hawkins, counsel at Gersten Savage LLP, will introduce the keynote speaker for the Welcome Address on Friday morning – Kate D. Levin, commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

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Day Two Welcome Address
Civic Activism in the Spirit of Jane Jacobs Civic Activism in the Spirit of Jane Jacobs

How do people effect change in New York City?  For the Civic Activism in the Spirit of Jane Jacobs panel, MAS will invite the 2010 Jane Jacobs Medalists and past honorees to discuss the tools they have used to change their communities and New York City as a whole. Since 2007, the Rockefeller Foundation has [...]

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Civic Activism in the Spirit of Jane Jacobs
Day One Welcome Address Day One Welcome Address

First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York,  Patti Harris, will be the keynote speaker for the Welcome Address on Thursday morning, following the opening remarks of David M. Childs and Vin Cipolla, chairman and president of the Municipal Art Society of New York, respectively.

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Day One Welcome Address
Reclaiming the Public Realm Reclaiming the Public Realm

A city’s public realm – its streets, parks and open spaces – is “the defining characteristic signifying the extent to which a city values all its residents,” according to renowned planner Kevin Lynch. A recent wave of redevelopment in New York is generating new public spaces on the waterfront and in former industrial areas. Gordon J. [...]

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Reclaiming the Public Realm
Vibrant Neighborhoods Vibrant Neighborhoods

Streets, parks and the arts, significant components of a city’s public realm, are especially vital to New York. This panel on Vibrant Neighborhoods will look at how all three elements can be best utilized for successful and thoughtful community building and economic development. Elizabeth H. Berger, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, will [...]

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Vibrant Neighborhoods

Art and Technology as Tools for Change

People Behind the Screens: The Impact of New Media on New York People Behind the Screens: The Impact of New Media on New York

Social media and web technology are changing the landscape of civic engagement in cities across the globe. Innovators at the forefront of today’s virtual dialogue on New York City will discuss the tools they use to report on the city’s ever-changing built environment, as well as the ways in which new media influence how people [...]

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People Behind the Screens...
New Tools for Civic Engagement: Betaville

New and developing technologies are shaping the future of New York City’s built environment. Perhaps the best example of this is Betaville, a project based on gaming technology that invites the public to have hands-on participation in re-creating real urban spaces. This unique project, which currently focuses on Lower Manhattan, was created by Carl Skelton, [...]

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New Tools for Civic Engagement: Betaville
Art Works: When Art Builds Community Art Works: When Art Builds Community

New York’s dynamic and diverse arts and cultural organizations contribute significantly to the livability of the neighborhoods they inhabit. They provide opportunities for nurturing creativity and artistic expression; they reinforce placemaking; they stimulate economic activity; and, in many cases, they provide a rich cultural connection for residents.  This panel will explore the symbiotic relationship between [...]

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Art Works: When Art Builds Community

Priorities for New York

Garment District: Fashioning a Future Garment District: Fashioning a Future

MAS is looking at the planning, economic, and sustainability issues affecting New York City’s Garment District ecosystem. This panel of design professionals, practitioners, and government officials will discuss ideas for shaping the District’s future as a vital hub for entrepreneurship, creativity, and commerce.  The session will be moderated by Designer Yeohlee Teng, of YEOHLEE, Inc., with [...]

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Garment District: Fashioning a Future
Sustainable Housing for New York’s Future Sustainable Housing for New York’s Future

Developing sustainable and affordable housing is essential to expanding New York City’s creative capital.  This presentation, discussing Sustainable Housing for New York’s Future, will delve into the most significant issues facing New York City’s housing stock and assess new ways to make good housing realistic and accessible. Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing [...]

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Sustainable Housing for New York’s Future

Awards

MASterworks Design Awards MASterworks Design Awards

Seven provocative and innovative architecture and urban design projects have been chosen as the 2010 winners of The Municipal Art Society of New York’s MASterworks Design Awards sponsored by Helaba, Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen The winners include Cooper Union’s 41 Cooper Square building designed by Thom Mayne as Best New Building, the Empire State Building lobby restoration [...]

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MASterworks Design Awards
The Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award The Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award

The Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award acknowledges the hardworking leaders of grassroots community-based planning. This award was created in 2006 to honor the work of the late Yolanda Garcia, a community activist from the South Bronx. Under Ms. Garcia’s leadership, the residents of Melrose founded Nos Quedamos and transformed a neighborhood by successfully creating its [...]

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The Yolanda Garcia Community ...

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