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Fourth Concurrent Panel Session

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Film and Media track

Panel Discussion: Film and Media as Advocacy Tools for Progressive Planning

This roundtable discussion with filmmakers whose work has been featured in today’s screenings will address the creative ways these documentaries are being used to advance progressive planning and organizing agendas and their potential longer term impact as records of community struggle and resilience.  Come with questions for the directors for this interactive discussion.

  • Moderator: Tami Gold, Every Mother’s Son and NYPD Blues

Note: No food or drink allowed in auditorium

Community Land Trust track

IV. Community Land Trusts in New York City and Beyond: Strategies and Problems


How can we organize to promote land trusts as a major instrument for public land policy in New York City and similar urban areas? What city, state and national policies can promote land trusts? This session will be lead by local activists and experts promoting CLTs.

  • Kendall Jackman
  • Peter Marcuse

Solidarity Economy track

IV. Collaboration and Movement Building: What’s Next?

How can planners support growing the Solidarity Economy? What types of partnerships are needed now to challenge dominant economic planning practice? At what scales does it make the most sense to target our energies? The purpose of this session is to debrief from previous sessions and consider appropriate next steps (information and resource sharing, development of policy agendas and/or political platforms, etc.) coming out of this conference.

  • James DeFilippis Rutgers University
  • Mike Menser, CUNY, Brooklyn College
  • Cheyenna Weber, New Economics Institute
  • Moderator: Evan Casper-Futterman

Challenging Gentrification and Market-Based Planning track

IV. Misunderstanding Gentrification


This panel will explore the misunderstandings of gentrification’s root causes, and the role of the media and popular institutions in mislabeling gentrification’s symptoms as causes. In addition, the panelists will discuss the relationship between marginalized communities and gentrification, and alternative models of neighborhood revitalization.

  • Hilary Botein, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York
  • Jen Jack Gieseking, Ph.D.,Visiting Assistant Research Professor, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Katie Goldstein, Director of Organizing, Tenants & Neighbors
  • Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at the CUNY Graduate Center; oral historian and writer
  • Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island
  • Moderator: Oksana Mironova
Latin America track


IV. ROUNDTABLE: The Impasse Of Urban Policies In Brazil:  Real Estate, Global Finance And Social Segregation

In Brazil, while the credit economy grows urban life gets worse. Decades of inadequate government investment have created an impasse for institutional progress in urban policy. How can urban plans be implemented in cities that have a long history of spatial segregation and a highly speculative real estate market?

  • Erminia Maricato, Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, University of São Paulo; Visiting Professor, University of Campinas; Founding member of the Housing Research Center, University of São Paulo.
    • The impasse of urban policy in Brazil
  • Mariana Fix, Professor, Economics Institute, University of Campinas, São Paulo and Luciana de Oliveira Royer, Professor, School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of São Paulo. Both are at the Housing Research Center, University of São Paulo.
    • Real estate boom in Brazil: the growth machine, global finance and the right to the city
  • Jose Baravelli, Fulbright Scholar, Hunter College/CUNY, Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, University of São Paulo
    • The Brazilian growth machine, new social housing in São Paulo, and the resilience of the self-built city
  • Giselle Tanaka, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute for Urban Planning Research, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Housing Research Center, University of São Paulo
    • The state, real estate capital and social conflicts
  • Arlete Moysés Rodrigues, Professor, University of Campinas, São Paulo; Housing Research Center, University of São Paulo
    • Gated communities:  fragmentation and segregation

Bloomberg's Urban Policy: A Critical Assessment and Lessons for the Future

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has received national attention for its bold approaches to solving urban problems.  This panel provides a critical assessment of the policies of the Bloomberg administration with respect to transit, food, and economic development.  In each we ask what a substantive progressive politics of planning can learn for future practice.

  • Dan Steinberg, PhD student, Columbia University
  • Lauren Ames Fisher, PhD student, Columbia University
  • Dory Kornfeld, PhD student, Columbia University
  • Alexis Perrotta, PhD student, Columbia University
  • John West, PhD student, Columbia University

Confronting the Police State in Central Illinois

This participatory discussion presented by PN-UIUC will link “on the ground” experiences in central Illinois to broader efforts to confront the racist police state. It will focus on how collaborative efforts with local activists are making visible the racialized dimensions of incarceration, particularly for migrant and African-American populations. Presenters will ask participants to consider the role of progressive planning in the implementation of restorative justice and the celebrating of difference.

  • Professor Ken Salo, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Liz Corrado, Master of Urban & Regional Planning
  • Scott Humphrey, Master's Candidate Urban & Regional Planning, VP of PN-UIUC
  • Rebecca Nathanson, Master of Urban & Regional Planning, former VP of PN-UIUC

Cultural Organizing for a Just and Thriving City

Explore how arts, culture, food, and media can be part of equitable community change – in response to Sandy and beyond. Rockaway Rescue Alliance's Shore Soup Project, Dance Theater Etcetera, Tyquan Carter, El Puente’s Green Light District and Arts & Democracy Project will initiate a lively discussion about cultural organizing.

  • Caron Atlas, Director, Arts & Democracy Project and Co-director Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group (NOCD-NY)
  • Anusha Venkataraman, Director, el Puente Greenlight District and member, NOCD-NY
  • Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, Founder/Director, Rockaway Rescue Alliance, Shore Soup Project
  • Martha Bowers, Director, Dance Theater Ectetera
  • Tyquan "Haps" Carter, Rapper, Filmmaker, photographer and community advocate and director, "Tyquan's Hook: A True Storm Story"


Body Movement Practice as Community Research and Community Healing: Women and Violence in the Context of Disaster

How can urban planners and geographers use shared embodied experiences as a way to communicate and understand surviving gender violence and as better ways to respond to gender violence? Examples include: bodies appropriating public space, food as a component of shared healing and planning, shared sensory/kinesthetic experiences, body movement practices.

  • Sara Ortiz Escalante, *Col•lectiu Punt 6,* Barcelona, Spain
  • Allison Hayes-Conroy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA US
  • Elizabeth L. Sweet, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA US
Mapping our Vision: Making it Happen

This hands-on workshop is aimed at community groups and their allies to explore some harder, deeper questions about how change happens.  This participatory approach draws from outcomes mapping methods with a focus on broadening the circle of who and how groups develop strategies for social change work at multiple levels.

  • Rachel Kulick, Assistant Professor University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Crime & Justice Studies; Independent Evaluation Consultant - Co-Founder of Action Evaluation Collaborative
  • Julie Poncelet, Lecturer at Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs; Independent Evaluation Consultant -Co-Founder of Action Evaluation Collaborative

Engaging Youth as civic activists in the design and development of HOPE San Francisco Housing      

A majority of the students at Malcolm X Academy live in the current public housing across the street from the school and will be moving into the housing. Working with third and fourth graders, we focused on educating the students on place making, sustainability, critical thinking and public speaking skills.

  • Dr. Shirl Buss, Creative Director Center for Cities & Schools, UC Berkeley.
  • Prescott Reavis, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, SEED
  • Katherine Williams, NOMA, AIA

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process wherein community members directly decide how to spend public money. In year two of PBNYC, eight Councilmembers allocated at least $1 million for PB. This panel will examine the relationship between PBNYC and community-based planning, and assesses the achievements, challenges, and lessons learned.

  • Brad Lander, New York City Council (invited)
  • Josh Lerner, Executive Director, The Participatory Budgeting Project (technical assistance provider for PBNYC and other PB processes in the U.S.)
  • Angel Mescain-Archer, Assistant District Manager, Manhattan Community Board 11 (PBNYC District Committee Member)
  • Lacey Tauber, Pratt Institute (PBNYC year 1 research team member)
  • Moderator: Eve Baron, Senior Fellow for Planning and Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development

Research on Resilience and “Accessible” Sustainability at the University Level

Work will be presented by two university groups, from Parsons The New School for Design and Temple University. Parsons students will present research leading to two experimental resilience-building strategies designed with and for Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town community. Temple University students will present their research on ‘accessible’ sustainability strategies: day-to-day practices that inform a sustainable city agenda and that are achievable with limited resources. Workshop participants will develop a plan for best practices of ‘accessible sustainability’ that they can use to leverage existing ‘resources’ in their own communities.

  • Parsons, The New School for Design:
    • Alyssa Dale
    • Brittany Fowle
    • Jack Goddu
    • Natsuki Hayashi
    • Judy Seungmee Lee
    • Chen Yu Lo
    • Instructor: Elliott P. Montgomery
  • Temple University:
    • Korin Tangtrakul, Temple University ’11
    • Yuan Huang, Temple University ’13
    • Instructor: Dr. Christina Rosan, Assistant Professor, Temple University

The Non-profit Industrial Complex and Its Effects on Sandy Recovery

In this panel we will explore the different organizational structures used in disaster recovery. Taking lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy we will look at the pitfalls that plague different organizational structures from democratic recovery groups like Occupy Sandy, to large scale disaster relief organizations like the Red Cross, and the many other smaller non-profits that have burst onto the scene following the storms. How can an organization really work for the people, and not just for its survival? 

  • Jay Arena, C3/Hands Off Iberville and New Jersey Immigrant and Worker Rights Coalition, Assistant Professor College of Staten Island
  • Andrew Smith, Occupy Sandy Organizer
  • Brett Goldberg, Occupy Sandy Activist and member of Signal Recovery

Transcultural Cities: Placemaking, Planning, and Cross-cultural Understanding

While contributing to the multicultural vibes of cities, migration and movements have also resulted in tensions and clashes of cultures between ethnic communities. As destination of migration and movements, how can cities and urban places support cross-cultural interactions and learning? How can cross-cultural understanding be engendered through social and spatial practices in the contemporary urban environment? Using cases from California, Utah, and Pennsylvania, this panel examines both barriers and dialogues between placemaking and cross-cultural understanding.

  • Jeffery Hou, University of Washington
  • Mallika Bose, Pennsylvania State University
  • Caitlin Cahill, City University of New York
  • Willow Lung-Amam, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill