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Open House New York: Conversations on the City 2020

Open House New York

Open House New York invites you to join an ongoing series of conversations about the enduring value of cities at a moment of uncertainty about the future of urban life.

Cities have been called humanity's greatest invention. They are hubs of creativity and innovation, repositories of memory and culture. But from their inception, cities have always had to reconcile the vitality that comes with people living in close proximity with the threats to public health and safety that shadow dense urban environments. The contemporary city that we live in today is the outcome of millennia of design adaptions and solutions and the city that we are creating will be our legacy for future New Yorkers.

April 23

Sara Jensen Carr: On Epidemics

Architect, researcher and author of forthcoming The Topography of Wellness: Health and the American Urban Landscape

April 29

Vishaan Chakrabarti: On Density

Founder and Creative Director, PAU Studio, and author, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America

May 6

Brian Bannon: On Access

Merryl and James Tisch Director, New York Public Library

May 13

Sarah Henry: On History

Robert A. and Elizabeth Rohn Jeffe Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Museum of the City of New York

May 20

Karen Karp: On Food

President, Karen Karp & Partners

May 27

Kim Phillips-Fein: On Civics

Author, Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics

June 3

Kate Ascher: On Systems

Cities Group, BuroHappold


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