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How Can Innovative Park Design Connect and Sustain Communities?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.

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Urban parks and open spaces support equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities. This panel will consider the power of high-quality design to inspire and connect residents and communities. Speakers will reflect on engagement, interagency collaboration, and other processes that ensure that public spaces serve the needs of current and future New Yorkers. Co-sponsored by NYCxDESIGN and NYC Parks.

The Parks Without Borders Discussion Series explores ideas for the next generation of parks and public space and considers opportunities to build greener parks, healthier communities, and more resilient neighborhoods. Events will be held through 2017.

This event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.


Justin Garrett Moore, AICP is an urban designer and Executive Director of the NYC Public Design Commission. He has extensive experience in urban design and city planning—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, and arts initiatives. At the Public Design Commission his work is focused on prioritizing the quality and excellence of the public realm, and fostering accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the City’s public buildings, spaces, and art. He is a member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Design Forum, and Next City’s Vanguard, and serves on the faculty at Columbia University’s GSAPP.

Signe Nielsen, FASLA has been practicing as a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. Her body of work has renewed the environmental integrity and transformed the quality of spaces for those who live, work, and play in the urban realm. A Fellow of the ASLA, she is the recipient of more than 100 national and local design awards and is published extensively both nationally and internationally. Ms. Nielsen is a Professor at Pratt Institute and currently serves as President for the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Born in Paris, Ms. Nielsen holds degrees from Smith College, City College of New York, and Pratt Institute.

Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP became the Commissioner of NYC Parks in May 2014. In this role, he oversees management, planning, and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland. Prior to returning to his native New York City, he served as the Chief Planning and Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, N.C. Commissioner Silver is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association and was inducted into their College of Fellows in 2014. He is currently the Dunlop Lecturer in Housing and Urbanization at Harvard University. Silver received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College in NYC.


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