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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.

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 board member, will set the stage, followed by Ronay Menschel, chairperson for Phipps Houses, who will introduce keynote speaker Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation.

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 react to the results of the survey and discuss how the concerns of New York City residents can be addressed and how livability can be improved. Gary Zarr, principal at Phil & Company, will introduce this panel and Time Out North America president Alison Tocci will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, Robert McNulty, CEO of Partners for Livable Communities, and MAS Urban Fellow Mary Rowe.

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, director of the New York University Polytechnic Institute’s Brooklyn Experimental Media Center.  MAS board member William H. Wright II will set the stage for this presentation and Norman Jacknis, director of Cisco IBSG Public Sector, will introduce Mr. Skelton who will give an overview of Betaville and its functionality. Summit participants will then be invited to use this technology in a special demonstration area.

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 moderated by New York Times Journalist Sam Roberts. Joseph Salvo, a well known demographics expert and director of the Population Division at the New York City Department of City Planning, will present findings on population shifts and trends in the city. Panelist Gordon Campbell, president & CEO of United Way of New York City, will talk about New York’s senior population. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, will respond from the perspective of New York’s diverse immigrant communities. Caron Nazario, a MAS CITI Youth student, will discuss livability from the youth perspective. And Vicki Been, Boxer Family professor of Law, affiliated professor of Public Policy, and faculty director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, will address what these needs mean for the questions that the city faces in terms of land use policy and economic development. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

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 arts institutions and their communities.  The panel will be moderated by author and filmmaker Carole Rifkind, following an introduction by Susan K. Freedman, president of the Public Art Fund.   Panelists for the Art Works: When Art Builds Community discussion include Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative Time; Thelma Golden, director and chief curator for the Studio Museum of Harlem, Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum of Art, Randall Bourscheidt, president of Alliance for the Arts, and Ethel Sheffer, principal at Insight Associates. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

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 project as Best Historical Restoration, and the High Line as a Neighborhood Catalyst. Organized annually by The Municipal Art Society (MAS) and sponsored by international banking and investment group Helaba, Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen, the MASterworks Awards recognize excellence in architecture and urban design completed within the last year across New York City.

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 interact with and communicate within their neighborhoods.  Panelists for People Behind the Screens include President and Founder Lockhart Steele, Publisher Jake Dobkin, New York City Council Member Gale Brewer, and Laura Forlano, postdoctoral associate, Interaction Design Lab, Cornell University. The panel will be moderated by Julie Menin, chairperson of Manhattan Community Board. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

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 awarded the annual Jane Jacobs Medal to two outstanding New Yorkers whose activism advances the principles of urban design and planning advocated by Jane Jacobs. Edwin Torres, associate director of the New York City Opportunities & Innovation Fund at the Rockefeller Foundation, will introduce this panel, featuring the 2010 medalists Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of Friends of the High Line, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, co-founder of the Central Park Conservancy and president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, Peggy M. Shepard, executive director at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and Richard Kahan, founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly and a 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal recipient. The panel will be moderated by Eugenie L. Birch, the co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research. *photo credit: Edward A. Toran