From community land trusts and community gardens to low-income housing co-ops and credit unions — shared equity strengthens and expands community-led democratically-controlled initiatives working to build an urban economy based on values of social and racial justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, mutualism, and democracy.
Sounds good, right?
To hear more, join CEANYC (the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City) on April 22 between 1-3pm at Artists Space (55 Walker Street — Manhattan) for a panel discussion on community resistance and creativity. Learn about the long history of solidarity economy efforts in New York City and ideas for continuing to fight and build.
The New York Public Library has a layered material history in the city. It arose on the site of the old Croton Reservoir, a critical infrastructure for the city… When the library was established, it was built on a reservoir model. It was meant to serve as a comprehensive repository of knowledge. But there is a conceptual shift happening today moving away from libraries as catch-all repositories toward libraries as nodes in a larger network. Each institution has to figure out the unique role it can play in strengthening that network: through technical and financial contributions, community participation, and their particular collecting, preservation, and outreach strategies — the unique work they do as libraries.
(By David W. Dunlap – urban treasure at the NY Times)
With the recent death of John Belle, New York City has lost an architect who conveyed a genial joy in resuscitating the masterworks of his predecessors. That made him an appealingly modest figure in a room full of big architectural egos, since he was at his best when his own interventions were least obvious.
New York has also lost a link to the intellectual crucible of the 1960s, when Jane Jacobs and others demanded that architects stop obliterating the past and, instead, take time to understand the many ways in which people were well served by older buildings and neighborhoods.
Join Rebuild by Design for a full day of programming to celebrate our collective accomplishments as we look to build resilient communities in the Sandy-affected region and elsewhere, in the years ahead.
20 Cooper Square, NYC
Friday June 3 9:15am-5pm
For any questions about the event contact email@example.com
9:15AM Registration & Breakfast
9:45AM Opening Remarks
10:15AM – 11:45AM Two Years Later – Updates from Each of the Rebuild by Design Projects
- Lower Manhattan – Carrie Grassi, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and Jeremy Siegel, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
- Hunts Point – Julie Stein, NYC Economic Development Corporation and TBD
- Meadowlands – David Rosenblatt, NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Chris Benosky, AECOM
- Hoboken – David Rosenblatt, NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Kenneth Spahn, Dewberry
- Long Island – Kris Van Orsdel, NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and Georgeen Theodore, Interboro
- Staten Island – Alex Zablocki, NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and Pippa Brashear, SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
- Bridgeport – David Kooris, Department of Housing and David Waggonner, Waggonner + Ball
11:45AM – 12:15PM Discussion with Grantees moderated by Mary Rowe, Senior Fellow, Project for Public Spaces and partner of Rebuild by Design
- Carrie Grassi, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency
- David Rosenblatt, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
- Kris Van Orsdel, NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
- David Kooris, Department of Housing
1:15PM – 2:15PM Implementing Resilient Infrastructure: Lessons Learned from Rebuild by Design moderated by Scott Davis, Visiting Fellow at RAND – Panel
What are the challenges governments face when implementing large-scale resilient infrastructure post Hurricane Sandy and how can we encourage innovative, interdisciplinary projects elsewhere?
- Kris Van Orsdel, NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
- Jessica Grannis, Georgetown Climate Center
- Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken
2:30PM-3:45PM Community Engagement Best Practice Sharing – Breakout Discussion
This session will explore community engagement practices and strategies used in the past two years. Select community members will present their experiences and a guided discussion will follow. Community Participants include:
- Juan Camilo, Hunts Point
- Victoria Cerullo, Staten Island
- Carter Craft, Hoboken
- Danny Peralta, Hunts Point
- James Rodriguez, Lower East Side
- Jennifer Vallone, Lower East Side
4:00PM-5:00PM Beyond Sandy: Scaling Lessons Learned to Other Regions – Panel
Cities around the world are facing new climate realities and many have looked to the Rebuild experience for inspiration. How can we best capture our ongoing learnings to help other regions? Panelists will discuss what they look to learn from our region as we move from design to implementation.
- Marion McFadden, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development
- Allison Brooks, Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC)
- Michael Berkowitz, President, 100 Resilient Cities
Reception to follow.
For any questions about the event contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebuild by Design is in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities. Rebuild by Design would like to thank The Rockefeller Foundation and all of our funders for their ongoing support.
As Jane Jacobs so eloquently described it in The Death and Life of American Cities, much of the essence of urban living is reflected in the “sidewalk ballet” of people going about their daily errands, wandering along the margins of public spaces (streets, sidewalks, parks and squares) and in and out of quasi-private spaces (stores, salons, bars, boutiques, bars and restaurants).
Clusters of these quasi-private spaces, which are usually neighborhood businesses, activate a streetscape, both drawing life from and adding to a steady flow of people outside.
In an effort to begin to quantify this key aspect of neighborhood vitality, we’ve developed a new statistical indicator—the Storefront Index (click to see the full report)—that measures the number and concentration of customer-facing businesses in the nation’s large metropolitan areas.
We know placemaking isn’t a “new” term. But nothing prepared us for this…
An archaeological team recently uncovered a lost city within a site believed to be over 600 years old, revealing structural foundations from public places like plazas and squares, and evidence of a very social civilization. Dug up alongside decorative bowls and animal remains, several large cryptic stone etchings were also found. After extensive study, experts believe that the markings on these petroglyphs read “Start with the petunias.”
h/t Project for Public Spaces