Cracking the Code: Fostering Public Participation in Zoning

When: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:30pm

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Habitat for Humanity Rowhouse Project, Bronx, NY, Completed: 2005, 13 units, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects, Photograph: © Kevin Chu + Jessica Paul, Courtesy of Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects

Zoning can be understood as the language of the physical city, but its complexity is often seen as a roadblock to public participation in planning and development. As Jane Jacobs famously stated, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Join us to discuss ways that New York City might demystify its zoning code and foster a more democratic and inclusive city-planning process. 

Joan Byron, Founder and Director, Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Based Planning
Christine Gaspar, Executive Director, Center for Urban Pedagogy
Basha Gerhards, Deputy Director of Land Use, Manhattan Borough President's Office
Antonio Reynoso, New York City Councilmember, 34th District
Paul Selver, Co-chair, Land-Use Department, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Jill Lerner, FAIA (moderator), Principal, KPF Associates

Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society, in conjunction with the exhibition Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016

1.5 LU AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this event.


Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society.

The public programs series for Mastering the Metropolis is co-sponsored by AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the New York Department of City Planning, and the New York Academy of Medicine, as well as the Barnard College & Columbia University Architecture Department, the Baruch College Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at the Zicklin School of BusinessCityLand, CIVITAS, the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the Columbia University Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, the CUNY School of Architecture, the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Habitat for Humanity NYC Young Professionals, the Historic Districts Council, the Institute for Public Architecture, Landmark East HarlemThe Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the New York Building Congress, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, the NYU Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program, the Pratt Institute Center for Planning and the Environment, the Preservation League of New York, the Project for Public Spaces, the Regional Plan Association, the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture, the Society of Architectural Historians, The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the Urban Planning Student Association at NYU Wagner, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

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