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  • Centering Equity in Micromobility Planning, Policy, and Design

    WHEN: Monday, November 16, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Centering Equity in Micromobility Planning, Policy, and Design
    A Conversation organized by Gehl, EA Creative, Insight Civil, and Stantec.

    When: Monday, November 16, 12-1:15 PM 


    • Quemuel Arroyo, Global Head of Community, Charge
    • Waffiyyah Murray, Better Bike Share Program Manager, City of Philadelphia
    • Shabazz Stuart, Founder and CEO, Oonee Pod
    • Adaryll Taylor, Chief of Staff & Administration, Transportation Planning & Management Division, NYCDOT
    • Dr. Destiny Thomas, Founder and CEO, Thrivance Group

    Moderated by:

    • Anna Muessig, Associate, Gehl    

    Before COVID-19 dramatically altered the urban landscape overnight, cities were experiencing a major shift in the way we move around: tech-based ride hailing, new micromobility options, and autonomous vehicle pilots were deployed to various degrees in cities around the world. The pandemic has simultaneously underscored the inequities present across urban mobility systems and kick-started a paradigm shift for urban streets in New York such as DOT’s open streets programs, outdoor dining, and a surge in cycling. As technologies and trends continue to shape urban transportation, we have convened an expert panel for a discussion on how to center equity in conversations about the planning, design, and policy around new micromobility options.

    Join the APA New York Metro Urban Design Committee for a conversation with the people working to shape this conversation as we ask: How do we make sure that folks that have been most left behind in transit accessibility are centered during discussions about new mobility system planning and roll out? Where has this been done successfully, what have the challenges been, and what strategies can we use to overcome them? What is the role of city agencies, designers, and mobility tech companies in developing more equitable transportation systems? 

    Event Brite Registration link here.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • APA NY Metro Chapter Roundtable: Emerging Firms in Planning and Urban Design in the Era of Covid

    WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:00 am

    Emerging Firms in Planning and Urban Design in the Era of Covid

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 12-1:15pm

    Hosted by the APA NY Metro Arts & Culture and Urban Design Committee
    Powered by Buro Happold

    Join the APA NY Metro Chapter for a dialogue centered around the ways the planning community can support and encourage new and smaller firms to flourish, including MWDBE firms. The New York City planning and urban design industry benefits from having a diverse community of firms and professionals offering unique services. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, emerging firms are facing new challenges but also opportunities for more adaptive and creative strategy making for our cities. This panel will bring together representatives from emerging firms to discuss the challenges and opportunities for emerging firms in the New York City region.

    Sreoshy Banerjea on the Creative RFP Toolkit 


    • Celeste Frye, CEO and Principal, Public Works Partners, moderator
    • Shachi Pandey, Founding Principal, MUD Workshop
    • Jae Shin, Partner, HECTOR
    • James Johnson-Piett, Principal and CEO, Urbane Development
    • Georgeen Theodore, Principal and Co-Founder, Interboro




    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: yes

  • COVID Conversations New York | California | Chile

    WHEN: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Thursday, July 30, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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    The APA-NYM Chapter is partnering with the APA California Northern Section and the Chilean Planners Network (PLANRED) in organizing two online webinars, COVID Conversations: Issues and ResponsesOver the past several months, PLANRED has coordinated four COVID Conversations webinars with Italy, Mexico, Great Britain, and Germany, and a fifth webinar was co-hosted with the APA California Northern Section’s International Program in May.

    Two webinars will be co-hosted with the APA-NYM

    Session One: Covid Revelations: Inequity, Discrimination and Violence in various societies.
    When: July 23, 1-2:30 PM
    Register HERE to receive Zoom link

    Session Two: Enhancing Resiliency and Sustainability In Housing, Mobility, Public Space and Climate Change
    When: July 30, 1-2:30 PM
    Register HERE to receive the Zoom link

    Stay tuned for more information.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Setting Ambitious and Creative Career Goals

    WHEN: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    When: Tue, December 3, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

    Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, #20th floor, New York, NY 10038

    Tickets: Free


    In this session, learn to set next-level goals for yourself through the investments of your time.

    About this Event

    Women often sell themselves short—what Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In calls the “leadership ambition gap.” In this interactive workshop, we break down why that gap exists, and how women can move past the obstacles to set and achieve more ambitious goals for themselves.

    This workshop creates a motivating space for workshop participants to investigate what being more ambitious about their career goals would mean for them—and to leverage both their left and right brain in aiming higher. At the same time, they’ll learn to avoid burnout by working smarter not harder and building lasting value for themselves through the investments of their time. Participants will set next-level career goals for themselves and learn practical strategies for achieving them, marshalling the support of others.

    This session is open to people of all genders but will focus on some unique challenges women can face.

    Mia Scharphie, the founder of Build Yourself Workshop is a creative agent of change, a do-er, and big-picture thinker. She founded Build Yourself to help women in creative fields move past the obstacles that hold them back in the workplace. Mia is a trained facilitator and has worked on women’s advocacy for over fifteen years. She’s run a research effort on women in social impact design for the Harvard Business School, is a founding member of the Equity Roundtable at the Boston Society of Architects, and was named as one of Impact Design Hub’s Social Impact Design 40 under 40. Mia received degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Brown University. Her writings on issues of equity in design have been published in the Christian Science Monitor and GOOD. To learn more about Mia and Build Yourself visit www.buildyourselfworkshop.com.


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  • Cycling in the City Museum Tour

    WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Join the APA-NY Metro Transportation Committee and Arts + Culture Subcommittee on a privately-guided tour of the Museum of the City of New York’s newest exhibit: Cycling in the City.

    Cycling in the City traces the bike’s transformation of urban transportation and leisure and explores the extraordinary diversity of cycling cultures in the city, past and present. The exhibition reveals the complex, creative, and often contentious relationship between New York and the bicycle, while underscoring the importance of cycling as the city confronts climate change, energy scarcity, and population growth in the years to come.

    The tour will be followed by a happy hour around 1:00PM at East Harlem Bottling Co. (1711 Lexington Ave, New York, NY). Refreshments are not included.

    Registration: $5, non-refundable on Eventbrite.


    Event Type: Exhibition
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  • APA NY Metro Chapter Roundtable: Emerging Firms in Planning

    WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Hosted by the APA NY Metro Arts & Culture and Urban Design Committee

    When: Tuesday, November 13, 6:30pm

    Where: WXY Architecture + Urban Design Studios, 224 Centre Street, 6th Floor,

    RSVP to: apa.arts.culture@gmail.com

    Join the APA NY Metro Chapter for a dialogue centered around the ways the planning community can support and encourage new and smaller firms to flourish, including MWDBE firms. The New York City planning and urban design industry benefits from having a diverse community of firms and professionals offering unique services that are adaptive and creative for the challenges of our city. This panel will bring together representatives from emerging firms to discuss the challenges and opportunities for emerging firms in the New York City region.

    Panelists: Larisa Ortiz, Larisa Ortiz Associates, Kei Hayashi, BJH Advisors, Kevin Dwarka, Kevin Dwarka Land Use & Economic Consulting, Rebecca Karp, Karp Strategies, Nisha Mistry, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Small Business Services

    Moderator: Adam Lubinsky, WXY architecture + urban design

    AICP Credits pending.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Planning for Sustainability at the Neighborhood Scale

    WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

    The AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee and APA NYM Urban Design Committee invite all to participate in a panel discussion exploring sustainability at the local level.

    Practicing sustainability on a neighborhood scale creates opportunities for community members, municipal stakeholders, technical experts, urban planners, and design practitioners to work together to increase the value, function, and efficacy of the local built environment. In an effort to better understand how this type of approach may take hold and influence best practices planning in New York City, today’s panel discussion will address methodologies for creating Sustainability Districts, obstacles to overcome when working toward implementation, and successful examples taken from a global perspective.

    In complement to the panel discussions, a series of New York City-centric vignettes will shed light on local areas with potential for piloting.

    Price:  APA Member: $25

    Register HERE

    When: Saturday 9/22 9:30 am- 4::00pm

    Where: Center for Architecture


    9:30      Registration: Coffee and Breakfast will be available

    10:00    Introductions: “What is a Sustainability District… and Why Are They Important?”

    • Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, Principal, RAVEN A + U, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Urban & Regional Design, New York Institute of Technology, Co-Chair, Planning and Urban Design Committee

    10:15    Keynote: Michael Samuelian, President & CEO, The Trust for Governor’s Island

    10:45    Panel One: Key operating Principles / Criteria / Metrics of a Sustainability District

    A series of protocols and programs from around the world.

    • Chris Rhie, Urban Planner and Sustainability Strategist, BuroHappold Engineering (Moderator)
    • Josiah Cain, Director of Innovation, Sherwood Design Engineers
    • Krista Egger, Senior Director of Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners
    • Joshua Foss, CEO, Regensia
    • Irwin Lowenstein, President, ReThink Advisors, EcoDistricts AP

    11:45    NYC Sustainability District Pilot Presentation No. 1 // Governor’s Island (Manhattan)

    • Shane Brennan, Assistant Director of Program Development, The Trust for Governor’s Island

    12:00    Panel Two: Successful Examples of Planning for Sustainability

    A series of regional and international case studies demonstrating best practices.

    • Prentiss Darden, Innovation Strategist, Sherwood Design Engineers (Moderator)
    • Matthijs Bouw, Principal, One Architecture & Urbanism (ONE)
    • Nina Chen, Director of Conservation Investments, The Nature Conservancy
    • Evan Kaplan, Senior Project, ManagerBright Power
    • Klaus Lehn Christensen, Director, Danish Cleantech Hub, Urban Future Lab

    1:15      NYC Sustainability District Pilot Presentation No. 2 // Sunnyside Yards (Queens)

    • Luciana Godinho, New York Institute of Technology

    1:30      Lunch will be provided

    2:15      NYC Sustainability District Pilot Presentation No. 3 // Gowanus (Brooklyn)

    • David Briggs, AIA LEED AP, Principal, Loci Architecture and Executive Director, Gowanus by Design

    2:30      Panel Three: Obstacles & Opportunities for NYC Districts

    A round-table discussion around the topic of how Sustainability Districts can be achieved in NYC.

    • Brian Loughlin, AIA, Director of Planning and Urban Design, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (Moderator)
    • Zach Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Natural Systems Utilities
    • Claudia Herasme, Deputy Director of Urban Design, NYC Department of City Planning
    • Donald Manning, Director of Housing, Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA)
    • Deborah Morris, Director of Resiliency Planning, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
    • Alex Stulc, Senior Consultant, BuroHappold Engineering, Cities Group

    3:30      Closing Remarks: Looking Forward

    • Gregory Haley, Associate, Grimshaw Architects


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  • PARK(ing) Day 2018

    WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2018 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

    PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary miniature parks, or parklets. The mission of the event is to call attention to the importance of urban open space, generate a dialogue about urban planning, landscape architecture, and the benefits of public green space, and improving the quality of urban human habitat.

    Last year we were visible from the Today Show filming and got on air during the crowd shots, which we hope to do again this year!

    Theme(s): Park where you park – the value of urban green space


    7-9:00 am – Make a splash with the Today Show crowd, take some selfies or tell us why you value public green space*

    9-11:00am – Relax in our pop-up garden and learn about the restorative qualities of urban green space

    11-2:00 pm – Take a break to play games, take selfies and tell us what you like to do to decompress during the work week*

    * responses will be in the form of short video interviews, drawing/sketching or writing on sticky notes and presented on social media with permission.


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  • NYC Ferry Happy Hour!

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Please join the Transportation and Urban Design Committees at 6 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 16th for an informal discussion and happy hour centered on NYC’s new ferry system. We will hear from representatives of the Economic Development Corporation, the Department of City Planning, and the private sector. Topics may include service implementation, initial observations on operations, and anticipated impacts on waterfront communities. Take the ferry to Long Island City and join us at Alewife NYC!

    Please RSVP to apanymtransportation@gmail.com.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Shaping Transportation Policies Through Mural Arts

    WHEN: Monday, November 20, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Traffic safety is a cornerstone to community health and mobility. Learn how muralist Christopher Cardinale, in collaboration with Groundswell and Transportation Alternatives, created  “Not One More Death,” a mural project that sparked the NYC Department of Transportation to develop traffic calming measures in Gowanus, Brooklyn. This project set in motion a new focus on building safer streets throughout the City, eventually leading to the launch of the Mayor’s Vision Zero initiative. This collaboration is an example of how public art, when combined with effective community organizing, can directly impact the urban environment.

    Click here to RSVP.
    See our Facebook invite for more information.

    This is the fourth event in the APA-NYM Arts & Culture Committee’s Tete-A-Tete program, a bimonthly series that brings together an artist and an urban planner for intimate conversations about their shared goals and objectives.



    Event Type: Discussion
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