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MAS Summit: First Wave of Speakers Announced

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The first wave of speakers has been confirmed as MAS is gearing up for the second annual MAS Summit for New York City – two days of energetic and fast-paced talks, panel discussions and conversations with opportunities for attendees to network and exchange ideas. The best and most innovative city-building ideas will be presented as we consider how to make New York City more livable, from sidewalk to skyline.   Early registration discounts are available now through August 22.

With more than 75 speakers expected to participate, the list of those confirmed is growing by the day.

On day one of the Summit, we will release the MAS Survey on Livability, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, with MAS President Vin Cipolla and Edwin Torres, associate director for the Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Opportunities Fund and Innovation. Commentary will follow with author and NYU professor Suketu Mehta, Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, and Mindy Fullilove, author and professor of clinical psychiatry and sociomedical sciences at Columbia University. That afternoon, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan will address infrastructure upgrades in an aging city.

On day two, New York City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden and prolific author and professor of urbanism Witold Rybczynski, will present on Designing the City,followed by MAS’s release of a two-year study on the Garment District. Author and MAS Board Member Philip K. Howard and American Planning Association President Mitchell Silver will address the city’s zoning code. President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation Seth Pinsky will present, as will David Bragdon, director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City. Finally, artists George Trakas and Mary Miss will speak with Jennifer McGregor, director of arts and senior curator at Wave Hill, about how artists are now working with planners to help reshape neighborhoods.

On Thursday evening, the Summit will be followed by the presentation the MAS Livable City Awards, honoring the people and organizations that are helping keep New York City exceptional.