Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6:30pm

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Image credit: Rendering of The Vanderbilt Corridor,courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Conceived by Department of City Planning in the 1980s, contextual zoning allows the City to regulate the height, bulk, setback, and street frontage of new buildings as a way to preserve neighborhood character. But how effective has contextual zoning been in encouraging residential and commercial development that fits in with the scale and character of existing buildings? Are there ways this tool can be improved to adapt to the city’s current housing needs and ever-present development pressures? Join us to discuss the enormous impact of contextual zoning on some of New York’s most iconic neighborhoods.

Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council 
Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President 
Marcie Kesner, Planning and Development Specialist, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Ron Shiffman, Professor Emeritus, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment and former NYC Planning Commissioner (1990-96)
Richard Barth (moderator), Executive Vice President for Land Use and Housing Strategies, Capalino+Company

Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society.

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

Co-Presenter & Co-Sponsors

Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society.

The programs in our Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016 series are cosponsored by AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the New York City 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 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 State, the Regional Plan Association, the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture, the Society of Architectural Historians, The Greenwich Village Society for Historic PreservationThe Skyscraper MuseumUrban Planning Student Association at NYU Wagner, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice

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