Message from APA-NYM President (08/22/2017)

Chapter members and friends,

While we are approaching the time of year when we often think about how quickly the summer passes us by, I am happy to report that there is much to look forward to in the coming months, thanks to the ongoing efforts of many Chapter members.

In a previous message, I noted that our Chapter is continuing to build upon our partnership with the New York Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and American Institute of Architects (AIA) to host an annual conference that transcends disciplinary boundaries. The topical theme of this year’s day-long conference, scheduled for September 29th, is “Public Spaces/Social Movements: How Planning and Design can Shape Public Discourse.”

Also in the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration, the Urban Design Committee’s Arts + Culture Subcommittee has initiated a new series of events over the past few months, known as “tête-à-tête” discussions, which bring together an artist and an urban planner for conversations about shared goals and objectives. The discussions to date have covered topics ranging from the Freshkills Park art program and the role of innovative art projects in community engagement to the ways in which security gates can be transformed into works of art.

Planning is also well underway for our Chapter’s Annual Conference and Awards Program. We will share additional details about the conference in the near future, and if you have not already done so, I suggest that you consider submitting an award nomination by the August 25th deadline.

The Chapter’s Sections and Committees also continue to organize educational programming for our membership. In addition to the upcoming forum on Housing in Urban Centers on September 14th co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley West Section and the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, the Long Island Section’s annual East End Conference on September 20th is also less than a month away. The multi-faceted East End Conference will feature a mobile workshop as well as panel discussions and networking opportunities.

I am also proud to highlight the Diversity Committee’s ongoing efforts to plan a unique conference about equity, inclusion, and the importance of diversity in urban planning and related fields. The conference, entitled Hindsight, is named in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Buchanan v. Warley (1917) to invalidate racial zoning, and there are several ways to contribute to the event, such as through sponsorship and by submitting a session proposal.

Although summer may be winding down, the Chapter’s future looks bright as we enter the fall.


Maxwell L. Sokol, AICP
APA New York Metro Chapter