Saturday, February 4th: Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today Redux

Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today Redux
The Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Pl., Manhattan)

Prompted by the Occupy Wall Street movement and circumstances surrounding open space in cities around the globe and nation we need to question what public space is today. In this second exploration of the definition, use, role, and importance of public places a group of individuals representing design, philosophy, planning, and civic organizations will discuss the parameters and criteria for the design and use of the public and publicly accessible environment. Are there generally held concepts of what public space is? Is there a range or typology of public space and who decides on their development, placement and shape? Who decides how our parks, plazas, and other gathering places are governed and used and for what purposes? How does the design of public space influence its use? Presentations by panelists followed by an open audience discussion will examine these and other questions concerning freedom of assembly, a critical component of societal sustainability and the preservation and pursuit of our democratic values where we can learn, inform, debate and confront paramount public issues.

Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA, Distinguished Professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York

Thomas Balsley, FASLA, Principal, Thomas Balsley Associates
Marshall Berman, Distinguished Professor, Political Science, Division of Social Science, The City College of New York
Paul Broches, FAIA, Partner, Mitchell Giurgola Architects, LLP
Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Jeffrey Hou, Associate Professor, Chair, Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, GSD
Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, Rogers Marvel Architects
Paula Z. Segal, law graduate, #whOWNSpace collaborator, founder of

Closing Remarks:
Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Professor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
Lynne Elizabeth, Director, New Village Press

Organized by the Center for Architecture, City College of New York School of Architecture, and Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.