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Are New York’s Streets Out of (Design) Control?

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On Wednesday, April 7, MAS’ April panel and tour series New York’s Changing Streetscapes continues with architect and author of Twenty Minutes in Manhattan Michael Sorkin engaging an expert panel in a lively discussion of the good, the bad, and the ugly of our city’s famous streetscapes.

The panel, Are New York’s Streets Out of (Design) Control promises to be a fantastic opportunity to hear from people on all sides of the debate about the future of our city’s streets. Questions to be considered will include: Why are New York’s streets filled with the visual chaos of loud signs, tacky newsracks, graffiti–covered phones that don’t work and as many styles of street furniture as there are Business Improvement Districts?; Do other American cities do a better job?; Are we now heading in the right direction?; Do the NYC Street Design Manual, sleek bus shelters and award winning urbanSHED design signal a better future?; How do we learn from past mistakes and avoid turf battles?; And, what needs to happen next?

Tackling these questions and others will be:

  • Carlos Pujol, CEO of CEMUSA, a street furniture manufacturer whose products are in use in 110 countries worldwide;
  • Susanna Sirefman, president of Dovetail Design Strategists, LLC, who led the creation, development and management of the urbanSHED competition to select a new design for New York’s sidewalk sheds;
  • Wendy Feuer, assistant commissioner for urban design & art at New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), who headed-up the team that recently released the DOT Street Design Manual provides comprehensive design guidance for City agencies, consultants and community groups;
  • Andrew Manshel, executive vice president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, is the former chief legal and administrative officer for the nation’s largest complex of business improvement districts – Bryant Park, Grand Central and 34th Street Partnership;
  • and, Jonathan Marvel, AIA, of Rogers Marvel Architects whose streetscape design credentials include creating attractive and functional security bollards and barriers in New York City.

Are New York’s Streets Out of (Design) Control?
Wednesday, April 7, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
At Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., (between 37th & 38th streets)
Tickets are $15, $10 MAS members and reservations are required.
Purchase tickets online or call 212-935-2075.