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Highlights from Global Cities at the Crossroads

Last week, MAS had the pleasure of honoring Brookfield as the recipient of the 2015 MAS Livable City Award and hosting a roster of international experts for a symposium on creative placemaking. Today we’re delighted to share with you videos, photos, and reflections on this thought-provoking event!


Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour
The morning started off with an exclusive preview of the Manhattan West and Hudson Yards developments, projects that are already transforming West Midtown.

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2015 MAS Livable City Award
MAS Board Director Elizabeth Belfer presented the MAS 2015 Livable City Award to Dennis Friedrich, in recognition of Brookfield’s pioneering work in arts, culture, and development around the world. Through the Livable City Award, MAS honors the extraordinary organizations that make New York the vibrant, creative world capital that it is. From the transformation of Bookfield Place in Lower Manhattan, to its new investments in West Midtown, Brookfield has put the MAS principle of complete neighborhoods into action.

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A City Within a City: The Pivotal Importance of West Midtown
Lynne Sagalyn, Founding Director of Columbia Business School’s Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, framed the redevelopment of West Midtown in the context of the last forty-five years. Mary Rowe of MAS, Dennis Friedrich, and Timur Galen from the Related Companies spoke to the area’s two largest developments coming on line and the opportunities and challenges of large-scale real estate development in New York.

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Triple Bottom Line: Making the Economic Case for Shared Investment in Civic Spaces
Panelists explored best practices in the development of dynamic urban space in New York City and across the globe. Ommeed Sathe of Prudential outlined projects in Newark, New Jersey. Melissa Burch of Lend Lease discussed the Elephant and Castle project in London and the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Steven Cornwell of Howard Hughes discussed new visions for the South Street Seaport. Rick Vogel of Silverstein discussed the firm’s work in rebuilding Lower Manhattan and Vincent Lo’s Xintiandi project in Shanghai. Celia Smith of Artscape outlined the building and provision of creative space in Toronto.

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Smart Talks
The afternoon session began with two rapid-fire smart talks by experienced place-making and design practicioners working in the age of big data and cutting edge performance art.

Big Design: Place, Context, and Social Flow in the Age of Data
Big data adds new complexity to projects – solving problems while increasing their scope and ambition. With Daniel Pittman of OMA and Mayo Nissen of frog.
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Elizabeth Streb, Action Architect, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics
The exuberant Elizabeth Streb took us on a whirlwind tour of STREB Lab projects and the need for speed.
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Building a Captivating Place: How Design and Programming Shape the Creative City
A session with curators, artists, designers, and arts funders explored the collaborative process in creating dynamic places. Jamie Bennett from ArtPlace and Debra Simon of Arts Brookfield delved into the infrastructure needs of artists. Jörn Weisbrodt of the Luminato Festival added the need to start with the artist, making sure a venue fits the artist’s intent and vision. Daniel Tobin noted the challenge that his company, Urban Art Projects, faces in negotiating the details of public art projects but the immense public benefits realized from the work. And Elizabeth Streb noted that while curation has its place, some of the best art is born serendipitously.

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Performance: Dancers Among Us, with photographer Jordan Matter
Contortionist and dancer Maria Pucciarelli performed amongst the closing drinks with photographer Jordan Matter documenting the performance.

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