When: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
Where: At The Center
538 LaGuardia Place
In an age of social unrest, political upheaval, and economic uncertainty, the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York and around the country, has challenged the physical manifestation of the First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly. New York’s Zuccotti Park has been at the center of a very public debate on democracy and class strife. Where can the public congregate at a time when public parks close at dark, and “POP’s,” privately owned public spaces, are in fact privately controlled? Where and how do people congregate today? Architects, urban planners, and civil liberties experts will put in context the state of public space today, and how design can play a role in our free expression through assembly.
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA, Distinguished Professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York
Michael Sorkin, Principal, Michael Sorkin Studios; Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at The City College of New York
Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
Gregory Smithsimon, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Brooklyn College
Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Professor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
Organized by the Center for Architecture, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, and the City College of New York School of Architecture.