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  • Book Reading: Cassim Shepard of City Makers

    WHEN: Sunday, June 24, 2018 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Come to this intimate book launch featuring Cassim Shepard and the ever so relevant topic of urbanism. Cassim will share an animated presentation about the examples of proactive urbanism by ordinary people followed by a Q&A.

    Cities are where solutions to the twenty-first century’s key challenges—addressing inequality, fostering political participation, responding to climate change—will be tested. And as cities adapt to new developments in technology, infrastructure, public space, transportation, and housing, so too must urban practices and our understanding of how to effect positive change evolve.

    In Citymakers, Cassim Shepard offers a vivid survey of how urbanism today is no longer the domain of just planners, politicians, and power brokers removed from the effects of their decisions, but an array of citizens working at the vanguard of increasingly diverse practices, from community gardeners to architects to housing advocates.

    Drawing on six years as the editor of Urban Omnibus, one of the leading publications charting innovations in urban practice (launched in 2009 by The Architectural League of New York), Shepard explores a broad variety of projects in New York, a city at the forefront of experimental and practical research.

    Citymakers reports from the front lines of urban practice with up-to-the-minute examples and arguments that reframe our understanding of urbanism. With original photography by Alex Fradkin, the book fuses the rich visual and graphic sensibility of architectural publishing with the informative readability of sophisticated, long-format journalism.

    Revising traditional notions of urban intervention and providing new directions for the next generation of citizen-practitioners, Citymakers is a lasting document of the perspectives driving cities today, and tomorrow.

    The Fullerton Center 297 Grand Street, Newburgh NY 12550
    Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4pm-6pm
    Free and open to everyone. RSVP to



    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 2

  • Green Infrastructure in the Delaware River Watershed

    WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Join us on June 20th! Partners from the Delaware River Watershed are teaming up for a policy forum on the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green infrastructure. 

    This event brings together a talented group of speakers and panelists to talk about how now is more important than ever to invest in greener strategies for managing stormwater. From innovative examples to barriers and opportunities, this policy forum will provide the information and tools needed for local decision-makers to get involved and bring more green infrastructure into their communities. Please register at or here.


    10:00 am – 10:15 am –
    Breakfast and Networking
    10:15 am – 10:20 am –
    10:20 am – 10:30 am –
    Opening Remarks
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm –
    Part I: Spread it Out, Slow it Down, and Soak it In
    12:00 pm – 12:45 pm –
    12:45 pm – 2:00 pm –
    Part II: Goals and Opportunities for Planning and Implementing GI in the Region
    2:00 pm – 2:15 pm –
    2:15 pm – 2:35 pm –
    Part III: Keep it Green – Delaware County Stream Corridor Management Plan
    2:35 pm – 3:00 pm –
    Concluding remarks, Q&A, group discussion, and next steps
    3:00 pm –



    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: pending

  • Regional Planning Panel Discussion

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Please join the APA NYM Transportation Committee for a panel discussion on regional planning challenges and opportunities in the New York City metropolitan area. Hear from the Regional Plan Association and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council on their recently released regional plans, followed by a moderated discussion led by the NYC Department of City Planning. Light snacks will be provided. 1.5 CM credits pending.

    RSVP required for building security –

    Please note the new location. Event will be held at AECOM’s offices at 125 Broad St, 15th Floor


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 1.5 pending

  • Housing in Urban Centers: What it all means

    WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is bringing together national and local housing experts at a September 14th forum to outline how to increase and improve housing in the valley’s urban areas- an important component in helping rejuvenate communities and a goal of Pattern’s Urban Action Agenda. The overall goal of the forum is to expose people to tools, examples, and methods of successful urban revitalization strategies that can be utilized in small cities.

    We hope to reach the overall goal by hearing from the following speakers and the tools, examples and methods they plan to share. Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies and author of The Well-Tempered City will discuss tools for long range planning that are inclusive of climate change, increase in urban population, resource scarcity, lack of affordable housing, and inequality. In his talk he will include examples of Jonathan Rose Companies’ successful green mixed income developments that include social services as well as the necessity of integrating housing, health, education, transportation, open space and healthy food to regenerate communities that grow opportunity for their residents. A panel comprising of Joan Straussman Brandon, Northeast Regional Vice President, NeighborWorks America; Paul Singh, Director of Community Stabilization, NeighborWorks America; and Lynn Peterson, Senior Relationship Manager, NeighborWorks America, will talk about the necessary factors for successful urban revitalization. This discussion will include: national examples of how Low Income Housing Tax Credit single family homes can be converted to homeownership; methods of preserving existing housing stock; and the outcomes of the Working Cities Challenge in Massachusetts. Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, will provide perspectives on population segments sometimes left behind amid housing growth. Her talk will include: housing policy updates from Washington DC and how to use wage data to show the need for affordable housing on a local level. Tiffany Manuel, Vice President of Enterprise Community Partners will discuss: the best ways to frame the need for affordable housing and services in public meetings and how the Opportunity 360 tools can be best utilized to create neighborhoods of opportunity.

    Please join us at this forum to spend time learning from experts in the community development field and generate discussion on how best to apply this knowledge to the Hudson Valley.

    This event is approved for 4.75 AICP CM Credits.

    For more information, or to register, email


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: 4.75 requested

  • What the Future Holds for Suburban Mobility in Rockland County

    WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This session, entitled “What the Future Holds for Suburban Mobility in Rockland County” will be the third event presented as part of the “A Year of Transportation” program, a year-long series of presentations and workshops.

    This session will focus on how our regional partners rethink street design, and how demographic, climate, and economic changes might transform transportation decisions in the future. An overview of the Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan, “A Region Transformed: Building a Long-Term Vision for the Metropolitan Region,” scheduled to be released in the fall, will be provided.

    We are pleased to have Kate Slevin, Vice President of state programs and advocacy at the Regional Plan Association and Alyssa Pichardo, Senior Planner for Transportation at the Regional Plan Association, lead the discussion on these pertinent issues.

    Click here to learn more and for registration information.


    Event Type: Lecture
    CM Credits:

  • Healthy Communities and Placemaking

    WHEN: Friday, June 9, 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    The Orange County Citizens Foundation is presenting a daylong conference focusing on the role of active design in planning healthy communities. The conference will begin with a keynote address outlining the roles active design and healthy communities play in placemaking, and will continue with a panel discussion of designing communities for all ages and ability levels.  Presentations throughout the day will include the logistics of planning and zoning for all users, active transportation design challenges and solutions, walk audits of the City of Newburgh, and a discussion of the walk audit experience by previous participants.

    Planners will learn to:

    1) Conduct a “walk audit” to determine whether sidewalks and crosswalks are present and provide a viable transportation alternative to driving in a community;

    2) Write language for comprehensive plan updates and zoning codes that accommodates active transportation;

    3) Identify solutions that work for a wide range of challenging situations, and communicate those solutions effectively; and

    4) Reach out to groups that may be given less consideration in the planning process, such as children and young adults, the elderly, and people with disabilities, and incorporate their needs into the design of their community.

    Click here to register


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: 5.25 Requested

  • Building Watershed Resiliency in the Upper Delaware River Region

    WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    The impacts of climate change and dramatically shifting weather patterns on water resources, public infrastructure and communities are posing new challenges for watershed management in the Upper Delaware River region.

    This one-day workshop is designed for municipal officials and waterway managers who are interested in developing new strategies to adapt to these impacts and build more climate resilient communities.

    Participants will gain an understanding about how increased precipitation, flooding, and drought conditions are affecting water resources, people, communities, and wildlife.

    Examples of innovative approaches to stream restoration, green infrastructure, and flood prevention and emergency response will illustrate how communities in our region are getting prepared for climate change impacts.

    A classroom session in the morning will be followed by an afternoon field trip to the Neversink Preserve for a firsthand view of how cutting edge stream restoration techniques have created more climate resilient conditions along the Neversink River in Sullivan County, NY.

    Click here to register


    Event Type: Other
    CM Credits: 6 Requested

  • Growing Green Cities: Urban Forests & Green Infrastructure for Health, Resilience & Sustainability

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


    Growing Green Cities is the first full-day conference being presented as part of a new regional planning, outreach, and demonstration project on the diverse array of benefits that trees and other green infrastructure provide for health, wellness, reduced costs for energy and certain other services, and improving the social fabric of urban neighborhoods and other communities.  This program is designed for a broad audience including municipal officials, planners, developers, landscape architects and other design professionals, and people working in sectors including community development, health care, healing and wellness, education, energy and sustainability planning, stormwater management, and environmental and social justice.  Five continuing education credit hours for registered landscape architects (RLAs) licensed in New York State have been approved for this program and credits for planners (AICPs) are pending.

    The $35 conference price includes lunch and refreshments. Register at



    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: Pending

  • Rethinking our Streets: A Regional Partner's Perspective

    WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    This session will focus on streets, which are a vital part of livable, attractive communities. Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity, ought to have safe, comfortable, and convenient access to community destinations and public places – whether walking, driving, bicycling, or taking public transportation. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars or creeping traffic jams.  

    This educational session will be held on April 13, 2017 from 7-9 PM at Rockland Community College.  This session, entitled “Rethinking our Streets: A Regional Partner’s Perspective” will be the second event presented as part of the “A Year of Transportation” program, a year-long series of presentations and workshops.  

    We are pleased to have Gautam Mani, Community Planner at the New York State Department of Transportation, Shannon Purdy, Highway Safety Specialist at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Region 2), and Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, lead the discussion.

    Please RSVP to Arlene Miller, (845) 364-3448 or to reserve your spot.



    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 1.5 requested

  • Rural Renaissance: Building Communities Through Placemaking

    WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    The Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference welcomes Cynthia Nikitin from Project for Public Spaces.  The focus this year is on building communities through placemaking and includes a keynote address and a more in depth breakout session.

    The event is free, but pre-registration is required.


    Placemaking is a community-driven process that capitalizes on local assets, talent, and vision in order to foster public spaces that increase quality of life and maximize shared value for all their residents.  In her keynote address, Cynthia Nikitin will describe the qualities that make a great place and make a place great.  She will explain the Power of Ten as a planning framework for small towns and rural communities, the benefits of a Lighter Quicker Cheaper approach to implementation, and how volunteers working with partners and stakeholders can Make it Happen and achieve outcomes and impacts beyond their imagining.


    AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION:  PLACEMAKING FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES (1.0 HOURS)                                            

    Expanding on her morning keynote, Cynthia  will demonstrate how placemaking strategies and place-based projects contribute to people’s health, happiness and well-being.  Topics to be explored include: increasing access to healthy food, opportunities for play and active recreation, social support and connections, having green or natural environments close to home, and enhancing the built environment to provide appealing, safe, and convenient ways for people of all ages to take advantage of all their community has to offer over the course of their lifetime.  Participants will be introduced to the Healthy Community Places Audit and guided on ways to use it in their own community.



    Cynthia Nikitin, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces

    Cynthia Nikitin has led numerous large-scale multi-sectoral projects during her twenty- five years with Project for Public Spaces. Cynthia’s technical expertise stretches from the development of downtown master plans, transit facility and station area enhancement projects, to the creation of corridor-wide transportation and land use strategies, to the development of public art master plans for major cities, and the coalescing of government buildings, libraries and cultural institutions into civic centers.  Cynthia is a regular keynote speaker at public forums, training sessions, and public workshops around the world.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Comparative Politics from Clark University, and a Master’s degree in Arts Management and Urban Planning from New York University.



    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: 2 requested