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First Concurrent Panel Sesion

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Film and Media Track

Film Session 1

9:30: The Domino Effect, 2012 (60 min)
Megan Sperry, Daniel Phelps, and Brian Paul
During the last decade, the communities of Williamsburg and Greenpoint in North Brooklyn have experienced the negative impacts of excessive luxury development and gentrification more than any other neighborhood in New York. Told through the voices of longtime residents, The Domino Effect conveys the personal impact of gentrification while also shedding light on the process of real estate development in New York City—uncovering the complex network of banks, developers, politicians and non-profit organizations that shape our neighborhoods.

10:30: El Barrio Tours, 2013 (28 min)
Andrew Padilla
East Harlem native, director Andrew J Padilla, whose grandparents left Puerto Rico for El Barrio sixty years ago, explores the effects of gentrification on Spanish Harlem’s working-class community. The largest Puerto Rican neighborhood in the 50 states Join Congressman Charlie Rangel, Edwin Torres, writer of Carlito's way, and a host of neighborhood activists, residents, and small business owners, as they debate the past, present, and future of their beloved Barrio.

11:00: Our Space, Our Food, Our Bed-Stuy, 2013 (13 min)
Makia Harper, Uki Lau, Samantha Riddell and Phung Tran Khamphounvong
Our Space, Our Food, Our Bed-Stuy is a documentary short examining the lack of healthy foods available to members of Brooklyn’s  historically African American neighborhood, Bedford Stuyvesant. Through the lens of local residents, shop owners, gardeners and sactivists, Our Space explores the multifaceted nature of Bed-Stuy's  issues with food access while highlighting the grassroots initiatives that address the problem every step of the way.

Note: No food or drink allowed in auditorium

Community Land Trust track

Land Trusts:  History, Key Features, Types and Functions

Land trusts have long been used in the United States to preserve land for conservation.The community land trust is a vehicle for equitable development, community empowerment, and other progressive social objectives. What are the origins and defining features of the “classic” CLT? What are the most common variations and applications of this model?  How have CLTs land been used to promote progressive social change?

  • John Emmeus Davis

Solidarity Economy track

I. Solidarity & Resilience: Redefining Economic Development (Introductory Panel)

This session will establish the connection between the concepts of solidarity and social and environmental resilience within the context of ongoing economic and ecological crisis. A brief introduction to the global and domestic scope of practices and institutions falling under the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) tent will be given and contextualized in relation to dominant economic development logics.

  • Kenneth Edusei, Solidarity NYC
  • Marilia Verissimo Veronese and Adriane Vieira Ferrarini, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Dan Steinberg, Columbia University, Former policy analyst Good Jobs New York
  • Sandra Lobo-Jost, North West Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
  • Moderator: Sam Imperatrice

Challenging Gentrification and Market-Based Planning track

I. Dual Displacements

How can we organize around our “right to the city” in places threatened by the effects of climate change? This panel will explore that question by looking at advocacy planning and community organizing activity in Chinatown (Manhattan) and Red Hook (Brooklyn).

  • Jason Chan, Director of Chinatown Tenants Union at CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities
  • Kelly Glenn, Legal Advocate, Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center
  • Zoltan Gluck, PhD student in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and OWS organizer
  • Max Weselcouch, Data Manager and a Research Analyst at the Furman Center
  • Moderator: Sam Stein

Latin America A track

Neighborhood Vulnerability & Community Innovation: Urban Resilience in Latin American Cities

What does community resilience mean in the context of Latin American cities? How do questions of human rights, gender and inequality affect community development and resilience?

  • Juan Camilo Osorio, Pratt Institute
    • A definition of resilience in Colombia and opportunities for implementation
  • Santiago Sanchez, Vienna University of Technology
    • Social infrastructure enhancing urban and community resilience – School infrastructure projects in Bogotá City
  • Erika Marquez, Bryn Mawr College
    • Rethinking insecurity through human rights lenses
  • Marcela Tovar-Restrepo, Chair, Board of Directors, Women's Environment and Development Organization
    • Gender, sustainable development and climate change: A perspective from civil society advocacy

Latin America B track

Habitat and Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Chile, Cuba and Puerto Rico

This panel looks at a variety of cases that reflect similarities and differences in the housing issues, programs and social movements in Latin American cities. It includes housing movements in Chile and Buenos Aires, Cuba’s recent urban reforms, gated communities in Puerto Rico, and housing programs in Santiago de Chile

  • Corinna Holzl, Humboldt-Universitat, Berlin
    • Housing justice and social movements in Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires
  • Carter Koppelman, PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
    • Gendered experiences of overcrowding and access to housing subsidies in Santiago de Chile
  • Jill Hamberg, Empire State College/SUNY
    • Cuba’s recent urban reforms: Implications for a just Cuban metropolis
  • Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
    • Gated communities of inequality in Puerto Rico

Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities

What if fractured neighborhoods were causing public health problems?  What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time?  These questions are addressed in Mindy Fullilove's new book, Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities.  The panel includes three of ten co-storytellers whose work is featured in the book.  The panelists will explain the nine elements of urban restoration and how they can sharpen our efforts to revitalize American cities.

  • Michel Cantal-Dupart, Architect/urbanist, Paris, France
  • Molly Rose Kaufman, Provost, University of Orange
  • Lourdes Rodriguez, Program Office, New York State Health Foundation
  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Professor of clinical psychiatry and public health, NYSPI at Columbia University
  • Robert Fullilove, Professor of clinical sociomedical sciences, Columbia University

Urban Manufacturing

Manufacturing’s place in cities has been a recurrent theme throughout much of the planning profession’s history, and remains a topic of interest still today. This panel explores several perspectives on urban manufacturing today and the planning response to it – what can, and should, be done?  What roles can planners take?

  • Helene Fine, Professor Emerita, Department of Management, Bridgewater State University
    • Sustainability Across the Supply Chain: An Approach to Regional Sustainability
  • Edward Smith, PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware
    • The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as an Economic Development Strategy
  • Milan Nejvada, Masters Candidate, Department of Urban Planning, McGill University
    • The planner’s role in supporting the manufacturing sector: Grassroots and Treetops approaches
  • Alex Carruthers, Steve Charters, Jill Merriman, Made in Montreal
    • Taking initiative to strengthen the local economy - The experience of Made in Montreal and the local manufacturing sector in Montreal

Race and Class in Post-Katrina Gulf Coast and New Orleans

Katrina's devastation in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast exacerbated issues of race and class. This panel will discuss the efforts of activists and planners in the 9th Ward and Biloxi, Mississippi to assist poorer African American and Vietnamese communities create and implement their own grassroots plans for long-term recovery.

  • George Frantz, Visiting Lecturer, Department of City & Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • Uyen Le, Compliance & Outreach Officer, IBEW Local 11, Los Angeles, CA
  • Marla Nelson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Urban and Regional Planning Program Department of  Planning and Urban Studies, University of New Orleans

Progressive Planning in the American South: Summary and Critique

This panel will summarize and open a critique of the Spring Issue of Progressive Planning, which focused on Southern cities and towns like Durham, Chattanooga, Memphis, Glendora MS, Atlanta and Birmingham – where planners searched for ways to improve the incomes of poor people and reduce racial and ethnic barriers in the face of a still problematic political culture.

  • Convenors: Pierre Clavel, Cornell University and Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University
  • Commentator: Harley Etienne, University of Michigan

Action Research and Community-University Partnerships

This discussion-oriented session will highlight the work of three community-university partnership initiatives and invite audience reflection about challenges, strategies and best practices for engaging with neighborhoods in action-oriented organizing efforts.

  • Janni Sorensen, Joe Howarth and Liz Shockey, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
    • Attachment Capital? How Levels of Place Attachment Influence Neighborhood Organizing Efforts within Community-University Partnerships.
  • Tara Bengle, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
    • Reflections on Participatory Action Research:  Challenges and Triumphs in the Field.
  • Sarah Kraemer, McGill University, and Shannon Frannssen, Coordinator of Solidarité Saint-Henri, Montréal , QC (Canada).
    • Reflecting on Inclusive Planning Practices and Social Justice in Planning Education.

Putting the "Active" and the "Authentic" in "Engagement"

Open Space vs. Development: How do cities tackle this age-old conflict? Albany, CA approached it through relentless outreach and inclusive, innovative, hands-on processes -- creating a community-driven vision for its 200-acre waterfront, followed by a community-driven review of a 4,000,000 sq. ft. development proposal. Hear the story. Experience the tools. Consider the opportunities.

  • Fern Tiger, Founder and Creative Director - Fern Tiger Associates and Professor, Urban Studies, University of Washington Tacoma

Justice and Organizing: Professional Communities and Mass Incarceration

How can the professions of planning and architecture engage with criminal justice reform as part of a broader movement for social justice? What domodels of legal advocacy and community organizing through religious communities offer to professionals in the field of the built environment, and what can we contribute?

  • Raphael Sperry, President, Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)
  • Amy Fettig, Senior Staff Counsel, ACLU National Prison Project
  • Charlene Sinclair, Director, Center for Religion, Democracy and the Commongood, Union Theological Seminary

Strengthening Community, Culture, and Environment: Restoration and Cultivation Projects in Hawai'i and the South Bronx

This panel will showcase two unique projects that strengthen environmental conditions and affirm cultural traditions. Hear how both projects work to honor natural systems and local culture, promote respect for the natural world and environment, and improve local conditions on a replicable scale.  Presenters from the Bronx will discuss the "South Bronx Brook Bioswale Project," an historic "restoration" project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that engages local communities in restoring the natural environment and day-lights and preserves cultural traditions. Panelists from Hawai`i will present "Aquaponics in Action in God's Country, Waimanalo," a home-based cultivation project that teaches gardening skills and cultural traditions while increasing food security.

  • Ilima Ho-Lastimosa, Hawai`inuiakea, the School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
  • Harry J. Bubbins, Coordinator, Friends of Brook Park, Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning

Building a Resilient Community:  A Youth-Led  Interactive Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop

Urban planning that captures the power and voice of the people to build a resilient community.  Our staff has successful experiences building resident councils.  Youth wrote and received grants to be trained presenters.  Receive toolkit to create resident councils.  Learn about disaster preparedness through an interactive workshop given by youth.

  • Resident Council:  Jennifer Chan, Resident Services Coordinator
  • Youth Empowerment:  Judy Kuang, Youth Program Coordinator
  • Fire Prevention and Earthquake Preparedness Workshop by YSROs youth leaders:  
    • Evan Guan
    • Evy Peng
    • Kewei Jiang

Transit Oriented Development, Highways, Public Health and Equity

Transit-Oriented Development has been promoted by many planners as a more efficient and environmentally friendly approach to urban development. There is often little consideration of TODs and the absence of social equity, environmental and public health concerns in transportation planning.

  • Dwayne Baker, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
    • A critical Look at Transit Oriented Development in Seattle
  • Dick Platkin, AICP, School of Social Policy, University of Southern California
    • Health risks of affordable housing located near freeways in Los Angeles
  • Giulia Pasciuto, T.R.U.S.T. South LA
    • Building a participatory vision for equitable Transit Oriented Development in South Los Angeles