Despite the uncertain future of the South Street Seaport, one thing is sure: it’s a place of rooted culture, rich histories and meaning. Its federal-style brick buildings and historical boats, its rich culinary and market culture, the arts community presence and beyond, these are few of the assets worth celebrating if we want to imagine its future together. How can we use design to make these cultural gems more visible and create a more vibrant place in Lower Manhattan? Designers can’t do it alone, we need the wisdom of the diverse community of residents, business owners, day workers and visitors, designers and more to join us in what promises to be an open, inspiring dialog to imagine your next Seaport.
Refreshments served and friendly networking opportunities.
PART 1 : TALK
• (2:00-2:10 PM) Welcome and Introduction by AIGA/NY
• (2:10-3:00PM) Susan Silberberg, the critically acclaimed city planner and expert on Placemaking (MIT). Her recent study, “Place in the Making” examines the interactions between placemaking, inclusive participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating to make great public spaces.
• (3:00-3:15 PM): Q+A
brief coffee break
PART 2: COMMUNITY CHARRETTE
• (3:30-3:40 PM) Sara Williams (Fresh Salt) on the “Out To See” festival
• (3:40-4:00PM) Design/Relief’s “Catch & Release” team on Past / Present / Future of project
• (4:00-5:00 PM) Community Workshop
Come participate in an interactive, fun and imaginative exercise to help the Seaport community collectively identify the hidden cultural gems and untold stories in the Seaport and raise their visibility for all to see and enjoy.
An accomplished city planner, urban designer, architect, author and educator, Susan Silberberg is Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and the Founder and Managing Director of CivicMoxie, LLC, a planning, urban design, real estate development advisory group. Susan is lead author of Places in the Making: How placemaking builds places and communities, the 2013 MIT white paper on the current state of placemaking. Susan has led two Boston waterfront planning efforts, created master plans for new arts districts, and worked with community development corporations. As Associate Director of the MetLife Innovative Space Awards, she worked with over 100 arts and cultural organizations nationwide to identify best practices for affordable artist space development and community engagement. She has also served as the Associate Director of the Northeast Mayors’ Institute on City Design. Susan is currently leading the placemaking effort in Santurce, Puerto Rico for the Foundation for Puerto Rico.
Aniello Bianco Room, ground floor
Pace University, One Pace Plaza
(use side entrance of the Schimmel Theater on Spruce Street).
For more information on Catch&Release please email us.