Citizen/Designer: Everyday People Making the City

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Citizen/Designer: Everyday People Making the City

March 12, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm EST



When: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM SATURDAY, MARCH 12

Where: Offsite Committee Events

Usagi NY | 163 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

CITIZEN/DESIGNER: Everyday People Making the City
A Public Conversation in Three Parts
What is the role of the individual in the design of urban space? Has the ever-expanding nexus of profit-driven development, foreign investment, rezoning and gentrification rendered the individual effectively helpless- a bystander in a much larger game of real estate speculation and greed? Or, are contemporary urban realities simply milestones in a broader historical continuum of urban development? And, is it possible that newly available creative modes of participation via social media and crowd sourcing in fact provide the individual with radically new opportunities for creation, intervention, occupation and resistance in the urban context?

Citizen/Designer is a series of open conversations that will explore both the possibilities and limitations faced by individuals who wish to contribute to the design of their cities. The series will bring together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders and activists across the fields of planning, real estate, art and design in discussions that reflect on avenues currently open to everyday citizens in the making of the urban fabric. In a context of inclusivity and exploration, the conversations will begin to imagine new dynamics in which individuals play a more active role in the development of their cities.

Conversation 3: Citizen/Designer
How can the average citizen initiate participation and contribute to the progress of the city? The conversation will be led by individuals who have taken an active role in the design of the urban environment, and will inspire a brainstorming of new ideas and process models that enable the citizen to become a critical player in contemporary urban planning and design.

Nancy Nowacek, Artist
Scott Francisco, Founder and Director, Pilot Projects
Jonathan Marvel, Founding Principal, Marvel Architects
Molly Woodward, Vernacular Typography

Moderator: Guido Hartray, Founding Partner, Marvel Architects

Organized by: Marvel Architects and AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee

Price: Free


March 12, 2016
11:30 am - 5:00 pm EST
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Usagi NY
163 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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