Many urbanists have characterized the years leading up to the current financial crisis as a return of the big vision in urban planning and design: the metropolitan plans, the major rezonings, the megaprojects. For two of the most significant big visions for New York — the NYC2012 Olympic bid and the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan — urban designer Alex Garvin has played a major role. Don’t miss a chance to hear Garvin discuss these initiatives, and the role of urban design more generally, with Rosalie Genevro and Michael Sorkin this Thursday at Cooper Union.
Conversations on New York 1: Alex Garvin with Rosalie Genevro and Michael Sorkin
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
“Conversations on New York” are presented in conjunction with the League exhibition The City We Imagined / The City We Made: New New York 2001-2010.
Conversations on New York 1 will feature urban designer Alexander Garvin. Garvin played a major role in two of the most ambitious and discussed public planning initiatives of the decade, serving as managing director of the NYC 2012 effort and as director of planning, design, and development for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. The program will look at both of these projects as well as the role of urban design in the transformation of New York over the past decade.
Garvin is currently President of Alex Garvin and Associates, a planning and design firm based in New York City and president of the Forum for Urban Design. From 1996 to 2005, he was Managing Director of Planning for NYC2012. During 2002-2003, he was the Vice President for Planning, Design and Development at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. He served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission from 1995-2004.
Rosalie Genevro is executive director of the Architectural League. Michael Sorkin is director of the graduate program in urban design at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College and vice-president for urban design of the Architectural League board of directors, president of the Institute for Urban Design, and author of many books, including the recent Twenty Minutes in Manhattan. Tickets are required for admission to League programs. Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Non-members may purchase tickets from www.archleague.org.
Co-sponsored by The Cooper Union Department of Continuing Education and Public Programs. This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. The City We Imagined / The City We Made: New New York 2001-2010 is supported by Sciame and by Kohn Pedersen Fox.
Image: NYC2012 Olympic Village, courtesy of Alex Garvin