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Proposing a Subway Freight System for NYC

Elisabeth Weiman

Makoto Okazaki, partner and principal architect at Michael Sorkin Studio, consulting on Terreform's New York City [Steady] State project, spoke at Urban Design Forum about a new form of mobility for the city. Makoto's proposal for a "Subway Freight System for NYC" introduced the idea of adapting the subway system to move goods. The subway could be used late at night to transfer items to distribution hubs and then in the early morning to move freight to shops throughout the city. He took this a step further, claiming that this would free up space above ground for pedestrians, recreation, and even urban farming. 

Read more about Urban Design Forum's "Onward: New Ideas for Urban Freight" panel.

The Power of Vertical Architecture

Elisabeth Weiman

Vyjayanthi Rao presented at "The Center Cannot Hold?" conference (London), the Calvert 22 Foundation's launch of event of its 12 week season of art and events, entitled "Power and Architecture." At this premiere, Vyjayanthi spoke about "Verticality, Post-Socialism and Re-Structuring in Mumbai" for the panel "Edifice Complex: Verticality Revisited."

Full conference schedule and topics: The Center Cannot Hold? New Monumentality, Neo-Modernism and Other Zombie Utopias.

First Friday (June) with Sorkin Studio & Terreform

Elisabeth Weiman

Sorkin Studio and Terreform along with design firms 2×4, GRADE, Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architecture, and Andre Kikoski Architect will be hosting First Friday at their offices on 180 Varick Street for happy hour drinks and behind the scene looks at recent and upcoming projects.

Look to The Architectural League's First Friday calendar for more details on each of the groups participating.

REPORT: The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict

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On April 18th, 2016, in preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and Habitat III, and in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises, the co-hosts presented the one day panel event: “The nexus between urbanization, violence and conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16”.

This one-day panel engaged academics, policy makers and member states who discussed contemporary understandings of urban violence and conflict, its consequences and possible ways in which it can be addressed. The event produced six key messages to be taken forward to the WHS and Habitat III. The event highlighted the synergies between Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and Goal 16 “Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies” through grounded case studies. 

The event was co-hosted by the City College of New York – CUNY, the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). 

View and download report compiled by Deen Sharp, CUNY, and Hanne Kristoffersen, UNDP.

Re-fabricating Cities & Architecture

Elisabeth Weiman

On November 10th, 2015, The Bengal Institute hosted a conversation with Michael Sorkin and James Timberlake. Michael spoke on his notions of the self-sufficient cities and the ecology of the urban, while James shared his philosophy of the new machine ideology of building. 

Waterfront Alliance Conference

Fern Lan Siew

Join Terreform's Michael Sorkin and Maria Torres-Springer, President and CEO of NYC Economic Development Corporation aboard the Hornblower Infinity on May 12, 2016 as they lead the keynote conversation: "How do we define--and deliver--equity at the waterfront?" for Waterfront Alliance's 2016 Waterfront Conference. This year's conference will provide a platform to debate the future of New York's metropolitan waterfronts and the challenges of defining and delivering equitable access to jobs, education, transportation, and recreation at the water's edge.

For more details about the conference, check out Waterfront Alliance's events page.

American Academy in China Announces Inaugural Research Fellow

Fern Lan Siew

Michael Sorkin was selected as an inaugural research fellow with the American Academy in China (AAC), University of Southern California, School of Architecture. Upon the announcement, AAC's director, Clifford Pearson remarked: “As a writer and critic, Michael has often challenged established perspectives, offering a penetrating and often witty take on what is really happening in architecture and design. And as an architect, he is fully engaged with the realities of building in China.”

Sorkin's project titled "Made for China" begins this summer with an introspective look at his firm's work in China and a search for an "urbanism with Chinese characteristics." The research will also analyze the work of other architects from the west working in China and the interactions with local regulations and stakeholders.

For more about the fellowship and ACC, check out The Architects Newspaper article here.

 

 

 

Key Messages for the “New Urban Agenda”

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"By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Rapid urbanization is producing new contexts through which violence and conflict operate and it is critical to understand these complex dynamics. Urban settings have characteristics, which require effective, context- specific approaches. Violence and conflict in urban areas can involve different kinds of violence and can be driven by diverse vectors such as political, socio-economic, institutional and environmental. The event aimed to enhance our understanding of the nexus between urbanization, violence, and conflict in fragile settings. The following key messages emanated from the event and should be given consideration in the discussion on the New Urban Agenda." 

Key messages here. Also, Hanne Kristoffersen, Local Governace Specialist of UNDP, wrote an article on Leaving No One and No City Behind, reflecting on one of the UN's sustainable development goal.

Transcript: Opening Remarks by Deen Sharp

The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, City College of New York - CUNY, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises. 

Urban Meta-Morphology: Revealing the Invisible Image of the City

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Terreform Principal Researcher, Damiano Cerrone, was invited to present at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM). Located in UCLA campus, ICAM is a NSF Mathematical Sciences Institute dedicated to bringing researchers from various disciplines and areas of mathematics for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Presenting during Workshop 1: Culture Analytics Beyond Text: Image, Music, Video, Interactivity and Performance, Damiano's talk, Urban Meta-Morphology. Revealing the Invisible Image of the City, aimed to "hack the invisible city, leverage the strengths of urban spaces and explore how the many characters, all the different layers of the urban fabric come together."

Watch his presentation below, and read his abstract on the IPAM's website.

LIVE NOTES: The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16

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Panel II 'New Geographies of Urban Violence' (L-R) Alexandra Hiniker, PAX representative to the UN; Samuel Doe, Policy Advisor, UNDP; Deen Sharp, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York; Esteban Leon, Chief Technical Advisor, UNHABITAT. Photo: Reem Aliessa

Panel II 'New Geographies of Urban Violence' (L-R) Alexandra Hiniker, PAX representative to the UN; Samuel Doe, Policy Advisor, UNDP; Deen Sharp, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York; Esteban Leon, Chief Technical Advisor, UNHABITAT. Photo: Reem Aliessa

Less visible forms of urban violence that go beyond ideas of construction and deconstruction need attention. --- Deen Sharp

Explosive weapons are leading cause of destruction of healthcare facilities.... Use of wide area explosive weapons in populated areas always leads to high injury of civilians. --- Alexandra Hiniker

Challenges of urbanization can be combated through understanding the city rather than individual challenges. --- Esteban Leon

Notes by Kira Rakova.

UPDATE: Read the Key Messages for the "New Urban Agenda" here.

The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, City College of New York - CUNY, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises.