Urban Design Group Breakfast

As a follow up to the Urban Design Group lecture (October 9th @ 6:30 in Piper), Loeb Fellow Thaddeus Pawlowski will host a breakfast/panel discussion for any visitors, students or faculty who are interested in hearing more about the recent work (2007-2014) of the re-created Urban Design Office of the NYC Department of City Planning with Jeffrey Shumaker, the Chief Urban Designer and Skye Duncan, Senior Urban Designer. There will be a 30-minute presentation including a sampling of recent Urban Design efforts from across the city.  We may also show a few interesting un-built projects such as a master plan for Penn Station. Robert Hammond, co-founder of the Friends of the Highline, and visiting members of the original 1970s Urban Design Group will also be invited to participate in a panel discussion.

A little more about the Urban Design Office:  

The Urban Design Office works to ensure that the highest quality of design is achieved in all projects, in every neighborhood, across the City’s five boroughs. The ultimate goal of the office is to ensure that the physical form of the city continues to reflect the extraordinary diversity of its people.  Drawing on expertise in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and planning, the office provides design leadership on projects of varying scales and uses the tools of design to build consensus among community and stakeholder groups. The office works with public and private applicants, architects, planners, advocates and experts to promote the highest standards in urban design, architectural expression, streetscape design, public open space and landscape design. 
The office assists in developing city planning policy to support excellence in urban design, reviews large-scale project applications for modification and approval, and provides in-house urban design services when the time frame requires immediate results for the agency. The office also conducts urban design studies ranging in scope from small-scale site-specific projects to more comprehensive neighborhood plans and city-wide initiatives such as the Active Design Guidelines and Climate Resilience design standards.

For accessibility accommodations please contact the events office in advance at (617)-496-2414 or events@gsd.harvard.edu

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events@gsd.harvard.edu.