Streetscapes in the heart of NYC can present a host of challenges. Limited space in the public right of way must host a proliferation of urban infrastructure: bioswales, wi-fi kiosks, security barricades, trees, pop-up cafes, bike-share stations, street furniture, public art, and more. Can this proliferation of uses in the limited space be reimagined through smart and sensitive streetscape design? How can all these competing resources be maintained? A multidisciplinary panel explores the challenges and opportunities our streetscapes represent to advance health, safety, resilience, and civic life. Please join us to consider how streetscapes can better sustain and serve a growing city.
Speakers and Sessions
Neil Gagliardi- NYC DOT Director of Urban Design. Streetscapes are Public Space: Reimagining the Public Realm
Streetscapes are Public Space: Reimagining the Public Realm spotlights the interdisciplinary field of planning, designing, and activating the vast resource comprising infrastructure and the public right of way. The session will demonstrate the potency in advancing new forms of landscape urbanism, streetscape design, and spatial activation.
Renée Schoonbeek, AICP LEED GA Senior Associate Vice President Callison RTKL. Our City, Our Streetscapes
Streetscapes are the sum of a host of more and less necessary infrastructure: bus shelters, bike racks, wi-fi kiosks, security barricades, street vendors, food trucks, pop-up cafes, bike-share stations, benches, public art, and more. At times walking the streets of New York can feel like an obstacle race. Renee wants to know: who owns the streetscape? Her talk is a call to action as she encourages the public to ask questions and challenge the status quo.
Nick Koster- RA, ASLA, LEED AP Snøhetta. Times Square Plazas: Reclaiming the Street
The Times Square Reconstruction radically carves out 2.5 acres of pedestrian-only space at Manhattan’s core, transforming a notoriously congested intersection into a world-class civic space. Subtle design gestures within the public realm integrate crucial utility and infrastructure upgrades above and below grade, while doubling the amount of pedestrian space in the Square. The design of the new plazas empowers people to move in a natural, comfortable way through Manhattan’s core. With a measurable positive impact on public safety, air quality, and economic output, the project stands as a model for how the carefully considered design of our urban landscapes can improve the health and well-being of its users, while providing an important space for democratic gathering.
Navé Strauss- NYC DPR Director of Street Tree Planting. Trees Can Drive Good Design
Street trees play a vital role in the streetscape, both from a design perspective and from an ecological perspective. The presence of trees in a neighborhood, whether newly planted or old, can entice members of the public to participate in their communities through such simple actions as tree care workshops. A tree’s requirements are not details, but a critical component that must be a larger consideration, and not an amenity. Incorporating the science of trees into the design will change the design of other elements as trees are large structures, and their sheer size competes with the other elements in the street for space and funding. Changing a city’s view of trees and soil will require political will and education afforded to infrastructure, not amenities.
Allison Harvey- RLA, ASLA, OJB Landscape Architecture. The Complexity of Simplicity – The MET Plaza
Along the length of the Fifth Avenue landmark façade, the design for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s four-block long plaza enhances one of New York City’s most significant public gathering spaces. OLIN, with Allison Harvey, led the design to prioritize the pedestrian experience and create a welcoming urban destination. The design of the landscape strongly ties to adjacent architectural foundations of the building facade through seemingly “simple” alignments, symmetry, clear circulation, and material expression. The session will examine the design process and implementation of this plaza landscape within the context of a developed urban environment and historic landscape. It will describe the strategies used for navigating established and vital relationships to infrastructure, existing architecture, and stakeholders, while maintaining a clear design, anchored to the historic architecture of a landmark Beaux-Arts façade. It will describe and show how early visioning and collaboration, interdisciplinary coordination, and adaptable construction detailing enabled this street-fronted plaza landscape to successfully root itself into a deceptively complex site.
Moderated By Nick Pettinati, RLA, ASLA Deputy Director of Urban Design, Urban Design + Art + Wayfinding, NYC Department of Transportation
Nicholas Pettinati, RLA, ASLA is currently Deputy Director of Urban Design at the New York City Department of Transportation. With close to 10 year’s experience, he has worked on projects ranging from bridge reconstructions to streetscape redesigns to crafting design policy for the agency. More recently Nick has established new design standards for planted raised medians, started a program at DOT to maintain such landsacpes, and is developing an online searchable database for plants that perform well in the public right-of-way. He is also a board member for ASLA-NY and an advisor for TreesNY. Nick graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Landscape Architecture.
Register below, Early Bird Pricing has ended
Members: $50 – Non-Members: $95
Members No CEUS needed: $25; Students: $15
Registration cost includes beverages, snacks, and happy hour