Serving as the Keynote Conversation for Trust by Design, this discussion brings together leading voices from a range of sectors to consider what public space will look like over the next 25 years in America. Against the current backdrop of a global pandemic and calls for social justice reform, participants consider how we can build civic spaces to help advance racial, financial, and social equity and create a more just society. The discussion will be moderated by Design Trust Executive Director Matthew Clarke.
This discussion kicks off Trust by Design: A Campaign for NYC’s Public Space, a two-month virtual campaign launched earlier this month by the Design Trust, dedicated to raising awareness of the role of public space in creating a healthy, equitable, and resilient New York City. Coinciding with the Design Trust’s 25th anniversary, Trust by Design spotlights the importance of public space in NYC, which is especially vulnerable as it adapts to the post-COVID environment, and envisions its future by advancing conversations across sectors. A press release with more information is here and a calendar of upcoming events is available at this link.
When: Wednesday, July 29 at 4:30pm-5:30pm ET
Where: Please register at this link. Additional details will be provided upon registration.
Who: Mitchell Silver – Commissioner of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Commissioner of NYC Parks and Recreation since 2014, Silver is one of nation’s most celebrated urban thinkers and has helped advance innovative solutions and visionary plans, including Harlem on the River and Vision for Jamaica Center in New York City and the revitalization of neighborhoods in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, and Raleigh.
Chantel Rush – Managing Director of The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program
At the helm of the American Cities Program since 2020, Rush works to advance the foundation’s nationwide efforts to catalyze more effective community and economic development practice and to expand opportunities for people with low incomes in American cities.
Kate Orff – Founding Principal of SCAPE
A recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant,” Orff is an innovator in the field of landscape architecture. Her practice, comprising publications, research, activism and projects, focuses on retooling the sector of landscape architecture and design in response to the uncertainty of climate change and in support of community interaction and engagement.