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All That is Solid Melts in the Bronx

Nikhil Sambamurthy

On November 17th, Terreform hosted an evening at City Lore celebrating Adventures in Modernism: Thinking with Marshall Berman

A scholar, advocate, and public intellectual, Berman gave generations a new way of thinking about what it means to be modern. The program included a panel discussion featuring Jennifer Corby, Jamie Aroosi, Joan Ockman, Ali Mirsepassi, and Marta Gutman; and a special screening of Henry Chalfant’s archival footage of Marshall Berman in his native Bronx.

Learn more about the event on Facebook, and watch the Facebook Live video below:

Proposing a Subway Freight System for NYC

Elisabeth Weiman

Makoto Okazaki, partner and principal architect at Michael Sorkin Studio, consulting on Terreform's New York City [Steady] State project, spoke at Urban Design Forum about a new form of mobility for the city. Makoto's proposal for a "Subway Freight System for NYC" introduced the idea of adapting the subway system to move goods. The subway could be used late at night to transfer items to distribution hubs and then in the early morning to move freight to shops throughout the city. He took this a step further, claiming that this would free up space above ground for pedestrians, recreation, and even urban farming. 

Read more about Urban Design Forum's "Onward: New Ideas for Urban Freight" panel.

The Power of Vertical Architecture

Elisabeth Weiman

Vyjayanthi Rao presented at "The Center Cannot Hold?" conference (London), the Calvert 22 Foundation's launch of event of its 12 week season of art and events, entitled "Power and Architecture." At this premiere, Vyjayanthi spoke about "Verticality, Post-Socialism and Re-Structuring in Mumbai" for the panel "Edifice Complex: Verticality Revisited."

Full conference schedule and topics: The Center Cannot Hold? New Monumentality, Neo-Modernism and Other Zombie Utopias.

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First Friday (June) with Sorkin Studio & Terreform

Elisabeth Weiman

Sorkin Studio and Terreform along with design firms 2×4, GRADE, Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architecture, and Andre Kikoski Architect will be hosting First Friday at their offices on 180 Varick Street for happy hour drinks and behind the scene looks at recent and upcoming projects.

Look to The Architectural League's First Friday calendar for more details on each of the groups participating.

Waterfront Alliance Conference

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

Join Terreform's Michael Sorkin and Maria Torres-Springer, President and CEO of NYC Economic Development Corporation aboard the Hornblower Infinity on May 12, 2016 as they lead the keynote conversation: "How do we define--and deliver--equity at the waterfront?" for Waterfront Alliance's 2016 Waterfront Conference. This year's conference will provide a platform to debate the future of New York's metropolitan waterfronts and the challenges of defining and delivering equitable access to jobs, education, transportation, and recreation at the water's edge.

For more details about the conference, check out Waterfront Alliance's events page.

Key Messages for the “New Urban Agenda”

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"By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Rapid urbanization is producing new contexts through which violence and conflict operate and it is critical to understand these complex dynamics. Urban settings have characteristics, which require effective, context- specific approaches. Violence and conflict in urban areas can involve different kinds of violence and can be driven by diverse vectors such as political, socio-economic, institutional and environmental. The event aimed to enhance our understanding of the nexus between urbanization, violence, and conflict in fragile settings. The following key messages emanated from the event and should be given consideration in the discussion on the New Urban Agenda." 

Key messages here. Also, Hanne Kristoffersen, Local Governace Specialist of UNDP, wrote an article on Leaving No One and No City Behind, reflecting on one of the UN's sustainable development goal.

Transcript: Opening Remarks by Deen Sharp

The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, City College of New York - CUNY, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises. 

LIVE NOTES: The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16

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Panel II 'New Geographies of Urban Violence' (L-R) Alexandra Hiniker, PAX representative to the UN; Samuel Doe, Policy Advisor, UNDP; Deen Sharp, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York; Esteban Leon, Chief Technical Advisor, UNHABITAT.  Photo: Reem Aliessa

Panel II 'New Geographies of Urban Violence' (L-R) Alexandra Hiniker, PAX representative to the UN; Samuel Doe, Policy Advisor, UNDP; Deen Sharp, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York; Esteban Leon, Chief Technical Advisor, UNHABITAT. Photo: Reem Aliessa

Less visible forms of urban violence that go beyond ideas of construction and deconstruction need attention. --- Deen Sharp

Explosive weapons are leading cause of destruction of healthcare facilities.... Use of wide area explosive weapons in populated areas always leads to high injury of civilians. --- Alexandra Hiniker

Challenges of urbanization can be combated through understanding the city rather than individual challenges. --- Esteban Leon

Notes by Kira Rakova.

UPDATE: Read the Key Messages for the "New Urban Agenda" here.

The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, City College of New York - CUNY, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises.

[NYC] Human Migration in the 21st Century

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

Terreform's Director, Vyjayanthi Rao was a panelist along with Juan Corradi, Professor of Sociology, NYU and Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States at The Penn Club in New York City on Thursday, March 31, 2016 for a discussion on human migration. Hosted by the Wein Alumni Network and moderated by Deborah Berebichez, Chief Data Scientist at Metis, the panel session focused on the economic, social and political implications of human migration in the 21st century and provided a platform for attending WISP alumni to share their migrant experiences.

Waterproofing New York Exhibition

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

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The City College of New York celebrated the launch of the book Waterproofing New York, edited by faculty members Denise Hoffman Brandt and Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, and published through Terreform's imprint, UR (Urban Research)  with an exhibition of the same name at the East Gallery in the Spitzer School of Architecture.

The exhibition runs through April 15, 2016. The Spitzer School of Architecture is located on 141 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street in Harlem, New York.

Loophole Planning & Infrastructure Making in Mumbai

Elisabeth Weiman

At the Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, Vyjayanthi Rao presents her ethnographic work looking at the planning process and its implications for understanding relationships between land use planning and politics as it unfolds in contemporary Mumbai. She draws on years of fieldwork to examine citizens’ confrontation with new developments, resulting from a series of policy loopholes that changed the definition of development and the way social and material infrastructure are increasingly linked to practices of speculation.

The talk situates the relationship between planning, citizen-driven, iterative infrastructure making and new forms of political engagement in an age that demands a creative embrace of uncertainty.

For more details about the event, check out Institute for the Humanities' event page.