2019 Summit for New York City

Fight for Light

The annual MAS Summit for New York City returns on Friday, October 25. Now in its tenth year, our signature conference connects a diverse audience of policy-makers, industry leaders, and engaged citizens in a daylong dialogue about the most important issues affecting New York and other global urban centers.

The 2019 Summit, Fight for Light, will explore the economic, environmental, social, and public health impacts of light and air in urban neighborhoods. This year’s Summit is a component of a larger citywide initiative in partnership with New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P) that seeks stronger protections for the natural resources that are essential to an equitable city and the health and happiness of city dwellers.

Check back for updates and early-bird ticket sales in the coming weeks. More details on past Summits and this year’s topical focus can be found below.

Friday, October 25
8:00 AM — 7:00 PM

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Tickets:

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A full schedule of sessions will be released in early September, but some of the topics we expect to cover include:

Zoning & Solar Access

How can zoning regulations, solar access laws, and other planning tools be utilized to protect access to light in the public realm, improve outdoor thermal comfort, and facilitate sustainable development?

Architecture & Design

What roles do architecture and design play in mitigating shadows and increasing access to sunlight? We’ll focus on the form, materiality, and sustainability of the built environment in relation to light and shadows.

Health & Thermal Comfort

How does the public realm relate to physical, mental, and social health? And what policies, programs, goals, and design strategies can help inform positive outcomes?

Ecology & Environment

What impacts do the built environment and shadows have on flora and fauna, environmental systems, and ecological services in New York City’s public realm?

  • suggestion cards on a wall at the 2018 Summit
    Ideas for the City Council Charter Revision Commission at the 2018 Summit
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  • Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker on stage at the Summit
    United States Senators Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker discussing critical infrastructure needs at the 2015 Summit
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  • Poet Jared Green performs on stage at the Summit
    Spoken word poet Jared Green at the 2015 Summit
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  • Janette Sadik-Khan speaking at the 2013 Summit
    Former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan speaking at the 2013 Summit
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  • Poet Alyssa Saunders on stage at the Summit
    Spoken word poet Alyssa Saunders performing at the 2015 Summit
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  • a woman wears virtual reality goggles at the Summit
    Virtual Reality tour by Monument Lab, featured in the Innovation Exhibition at the 2018 Summit
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  • Carol Coletta and Alicia Glen on stage at Summit
    Carol Coletta, then-Vice President of Knight Foundation, and NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen discussing ways to promote equitable, inclusive cities at the 2015 Summit
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  • Battery Dance Company performing at the 2012 Summit
    Battery Dance Company performing at the 2012 Summit
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  • Darren Walker speaking at the 2013 Summit
    Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation, speaking at the 2013 Summit
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  • Musicians perform on stage at the Summit
    Musicians performing an excerpt from the musical "A Marvelous Order", inspired by legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs, at the 2015 Summit
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  • attendees drink and talk at a party after the Summit
    Debriefing over drinks at the 2015 Summit
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Select Past Summit Speakers

Hon. Cory Booker
Santiago Calatrava
Roz Chast
David Childs
Vinson Cunningham
Justin Davidson
Dan Doctoroff
Susannah C. Drake
Helena Rose Durst
Ingrid Gould Ellen
Norman Foster
Alicia Glen
Adam Gopnik
Michael Kimmelman
Hon. Corey Johnson
Fran Lebowitz
Gil Penalosa
Damon Rich
Judith Rodin
Janette Sadik-Khan
Hon. Charles E. Schumer
Richard Sennett

Supporters

Fight for Light is a campaign jointly led by the Municipal Art Society of New York and New Yorkers for Parks that seeks stronger protections for the natural resources that are essential to an equitable city and the health and happiness of city dwellers.

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