On this page you will find a listing of events with topics relevant to our course. Extra credit can be earned by attending and writing, then posting, a 3–5 page review blog.


Thursday, April 13
From DIY Urbanism to Actually Existing Commons
12-2 p.m.
Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and Gehl Institute invite you to join us for a lunchtime presentation from Jeffrey Hou, professor of landscape architecture and and urban design and planning at the University of Washington, Seattle, on his new work on “urban commoning.” Against the backdrop of increasing enclosures of the public realm through forces of privatization and neoliberalization, acts of urban commoning have emerged in cities around the world. Defined as the making of alternative spatial and social relations primarily outside state institutions and market economy, urban commoning represents a mode of counter-hegemonic spatial practice that goes beyond the popularized DIY urbanism movement, increasingly embraced by institutions and professional actors.

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Wednesday, April 19
Is New York’s Future Sustainable? A History of Environmental Impact, and Planning for Growth
6:30-8 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center
356 Fifth Ave.

Ted Steinberg author of Gotham Unbound, talks about the environmental history of greater New York, and the limits of “sustainable” planning.
Michael Sorkin (City College, CUNY), award-winning president and founder of Terreform, a non-profit dedicated to just and sustainable urbanism, shares his recommendations for a greener Big Apple.
Nilda Mesa (Columbia University) reflects on her experiences as NYC’s first Director of Sustainability, and the challenges ahead.
Janet Babin Economic Development Reporter for WNYC, moderates.

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