Making Cities I³: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion. Third International Symposium

September 20-24, 2014 · The New School · New York


The Observatory on Latin America (OLA) of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy
and
the Parsons The New School for Design
are proud to invite to:

MAKING CITIES I³:
Innovation, Incubation, and Inclusion

 THIRD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

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This event is a collaborative effort of The New School through the Observatory on Latin America and Parsons The New School for School of Design , the School of Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning (FADU) and the School of Social Sciences (FSC) of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and the Faculty of Architecture of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Symposium is the third annual event within the Design and Development Program. The first symposium took place in Bangkok in February 2012, focused on "Unanticipated Futures" and was hosted by Chulalongkorn University. The second took place in Buenos Aires in May 2013 and focused on the "Urban Transformations and Anticipations. Bangkok- Buenos Aires- New York " and was hosted by FADU, University of Buenos Aires.These events brought together designers, social scientists, and historians from the three universities to examine how these three disciplines can work together to improve understanding of urban issues as an essential step towards improving urban practice.

The events included visits to sites within the respective cities, a formal symposium with the presentation of papers by participants from each city, a day-long design studio involving students and faculty from the three universities, a panel of deans of architecture schools reflecting on the nexus of design, social sciences, and history in their institutions, and concluded with a meeting to agree on a future work program.

Previous symposia have highlighted the need for a common language of description and analysis among the disciplines, the richness of complementary disciplinary knowledge, and the importance of strengthening urban knowledge as an essential step towards understanding and acting on urban contexts, whether at the neighborhood, city, or metropolitan scale.

The topic of this Symposium is "Making City I³: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion. Bangkok-Buenos Aires- New York" and focuses on three processes operating to transform the landscape of cities, their spatial organization, economies, and societies. While these terms have different meanings in Bangkok, Buenos Aires and New York, they provide provocative frameworks for analyzing and understanding distinct processes in these three diverse urban environments.

This event is focused on the three following themes (these definitions are indicative and will most likely be refined, enhanced or even discarded during discussions over five days during which we will seek to deepen our understanding of the complexity of "making cities"):

Innovation refers to efforts made through policies, plans, laws, projects, investments, and social mobilization to transform urban environments to generate increased economic opportunity and social development. Innovation reflects intention, whether public or private, and can involve a wide variety of actors and objectives, ranging from defining new territories, planning new infrastructure, generating new forms of economic activity, producing new products, or to organizing communities to manage themselves for new objectives. Innovation clearly implies something "new", yet what is innovative in one context may be established practice in another. Innovation can serve to strengthening status quo or to create a opportunities for bettering the living conditions of the most vulnerable population.

Incubation refers to the diverse forms of support given by the public sector, private sector, or civil society to these new activities, whether financial, institutional, or technological, to allow them to develop and to achieve their objectives. It is the phase of implementation and experimentation of innovative ideas and activities.

Inclusion refers to the full involvement and participation of social groups in the economy, society, politics, and cultural life without discrimination. Inclusion also refers to specific efforts made to overcome patterns of exclusion of groups for economic, social, political, or cultural reasons. It is the phase of evaluation of impacts on groups or communities or cities through time.

PROGRAM OF PUBLIC EVENTS
 

PUBLIC CONFERENCE
Monday, September 22nd, 10am-6pm
Theresa Lang Conference Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
 
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Welcoming Remarks

  • Mary Watson, Dean, The New School for Public Engagement.
  • Jose Luis Perez Gabilondo, Ambassador, Consul General of Argentina.
  • Rasmee Chittham, Royal Thai Consul General of New York.

Introduction

  • Alison Mears, Dean, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design

11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Panel 1: Innovation

Moderator:

  • Brian McGrath, Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design

Panelists:

  • Margarita Gutman, Co-Director, Observatory on Latin America and Associate Professor, The New School for Public Engagement; Profesora Consulta, FADU, University of Buenos Aires "Ups and Downs of Urban Plans in the Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires 1960-2014". Authors: Margarita Gutman, Ariel Misuraca, Pedro Nolasco, Ileana Versace. Contribution: Julia Nesprias, Izaskun Martincez Castillo, Laura Wainer.
  • Preechaya Sittipunt, Director, International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University.
  • William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecologies, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design, "We Make the City".

Discussant:

  • Quilian Riano, Assistant Professor, Parsons The New School for Design

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Break

 

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Panel 2: Incubation

Moderator:

  • Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design.

Panelists:

  • Juan Pablo Scaglia, Professor, FADU, University of Buenos Aires, "Governmental Management of Habitat in Argentina 1970-2014". Authors: Juan Pablo Scaglia and Verónica Gallardo.
  • Ariel Pradelli, Professor and Operations Secretary, FADU, University of Buenos Aires, "The Pilot Plan of Almirante Brown Park, Buenos Aires. A Century of Transformations".
  • Rama Chorpash, Associate Professor of Product Design, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design, "Making in Place: In the City for the City".
  • Siramol On-Sri, Adidas Product Designer, "KRAHM - For Thai. In Thai. By Thai".

Discussant:

  • Guillermo Cabrera, Professor and Provost, FADU, University of Buenos Aires

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Coffee Break

 

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Panel 3: Inclusion

Moderator:

  • Charles Allison, Associate Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School.

Panelists:

  • Mónica Lacarrieu, Professor of Anthropology, FCS, University of Buenos Aires, "Social and Cultural Inclusion in Buenos Aires. Contested Terrains". Authors: Adriana Clemente and Mónica Lacarrieu.
  • Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Chulalongkorn University.
  • Robert Buckley, Studley Fellow Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School.

Discussant:

  • Adriana Clemente, Professor and former Vice Dean, FCS, University of Buenos Aires.

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Closing Remarks

  • Michael Cohen, Director, Studley Graduate Program of International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School.

 

DEANS' PANEL
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Theresa Lang Conference Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
The New School


A panel of deans of architecture schools from Argentina, Bangkok and New York will reflect on the nexus of design, social science and history in their institutions including research, pedagogy, and community projects.


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deans' Panel: Exploring Innovation, Incubation and Inclusion

  • Brian McGrath, Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design.
  • Alison Mears, Dean, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design.
  • Ariel Misuraca, Professor, Secretary General, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires (FADU UBA), speaking on behalf of Dean Luis Bruno.
  • William Milberg, Executive Dean and Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research.
  • Michelle DePass, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School for Public Engagement.

Moderator:

Margarita Gutman, Co-Director, Observatory on Latin America and Associate Professor, The New School for Public Engagement; Profesora Consulta, FADU, University of Buenos Aires.


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