Wednesday, February 1st: Looking Forward From Ground Zero: The Future of Lower Manhattan

Looking Forward From Ground Zero: The Future of Lower Manhattan
Wollman Hall at The New School (66 West 12th St., 5th Fl., Manhattan)

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11 this past fall, much of the discussion of Ground Zero looked backward, assessing decisions on redeveloping the site, the design of the 9/11 Memorial, and architectural plans for the surrounding buildings. But there is also a need to look forward and address the future of Ground Zero. How will the redesign of the site and the struggles over its making affect the future of urbanism and development in Manhattan? Was the transformation of lower Manhattan already underway before the attacks on the World Trade Center? What role will memorialization play in the future downtown, in the context of broad economic and environmental change?

Come hear a distinguished panel discuss the future of—and from—Ground Zero. Participants include Dilip da Cunha, architect and planner, lecturer, Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania; Paul Goldberger, Joseph Urban Chair of Design and Architecture at Parsons The New School for Design and author of Up from Zero, about the Ground Zero rebuilding process; Paul Travis, managing partner and owner of Washington Square Partners, Inc.; and Christopher Ward, former executive director of the Port Authority. Moderated by David Scobey, executive dean of The New School for Public Engagement.