Institute for Public Architecture – Panorama of Possibilities: Queens
Public Panel Discussion #1

This summer the IPA’s Summer Residency Panorama of Possibilities: Queens is focusing on the largest and most diverse borough in New York City. Across this mixed-income borough the pressures of new development are changing the affordability and character of many of its vital neighborhoods. Given the dramatic rezoning and subsequent building boom in Long Island City, the proposed rezoning of Willets Point, and the constant building proposals brought to community boards across the borough, the IPA aspires to democratize the conversation and engage the Queens citizenry, institutions and stakeholders around future development. Specifically, our Fellows will utilize and make accessible community district data, as-of-right zoning, and other relevant mapping research for the neighborhoods surrounding Flushing Meadow Park. Using this information, combined with the leveraging of under-utilized neighborhood assets and untapped spatial opportunities, the Fellows will work with community members to create innovative and appropriately scaled design responses.

Through the IPA’s collaboration with the Queens Museum, the fellows will have direct access to the invaluable urban planning resource of The Panorama of the City of New York, a 1”-100’ scale model of all five boroughs originally conceived for the 1964 World’s Fair by ‘master builder’ Robert Moses. The ‘City of Promise’ will serve as the backdrop to the cohorts’ research and design work, to visualize development opportunities, either through 3D graphic imagery or actual scaled building models, that will address community aspirations, strengthen public interaction, and more fully reflect the diversity and vitality of its residents.

The 2018 IPA fellows are: Alexandra Paty-Diaz, Andrew Lassiter, Ignacio Cardona, Nupoor Monani, Hayrettin Gunc, Jessica Morris, Elaine Sun, Damyanti Radheshwar, Crystal Eksi, Mike Nickerson, Mark Fiedler, Jocelyn Pak Drummond.

 

To kick off Panorama of Possibilities: Queens, please join us for the first Panel discussion at the Queens Museum with an honorary welcome by Claire Shulman.

Wednesday July 18, 7 – 9pm, Panorama of the City of New York and Queens Museum Theater

Panel, Discussion #1: The 2018 IPA fellows will present their research proposals in the Panorama of the City of New York before we move to the Theater, where Panelists will respond to the IPA’s fellows work-in-progress and the discussion will be opened to the public. Our distinguished panelists include: Thaddeus Pawlowski (Center for Resilient Cities, Columbia University), Alexandra Rosa (Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation), Debra Wimpfheimer (Queens Museum), John Young (Department of City Planning – Queens). This panel is comprised of practitioners involved in the planning work around Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and we welcome and encourage input from community organizations impacted by planning decisions in  Jackson Heights, Corona/Willets Point and Flushing as a critical component to this discussion.

 

Get involved and stay tuned as the fellow’s proposals build and develop with the input of the community:

Panel, Discussion #2: (Aug 1, 7pm)

Please join us for the second round of presentations and a panel discussion in the Panorama of the City of New York and the theater at the Queens Museum. At this stage fellows will be presenting their research process, developed with the input of community members. Panelists will respond to the IPA’s fellows work-in-progress. Our distinguished panelists include: Andy Bernheimer (Architect/Affordable Housing), Joseph Heathcott(Urbanist/Professor at the New School), David Leven (Architect/Professor at Parsons), Bevin Savage Yamazaki (Architect, Gensler Architects), Margaret Newman (Architect, Arup Planning), Claudia Herasme (Department of City Planning), Justin Garrett Moore (NYC Public Design Commission). This panel is comprised of practitioners involved in site-specific development from affordable housing to access to public space. The input at this stage of the fellow’s work will be specific to the site and development goals of the community and fellow’s proposals. Input from specific community organizations interested in the proposed work of the fellows will be instrumental at this discussion.

Final Presentations, Discussion #3: (Aug 22, 7pm)

Please join us for the final presentations and public discussion in the Panorama of the City of New York and the theater at the Queens Museum on August 22.  Panelists will respond to the IPA’s Fellows final proposals. We envision this discussion to involve the Fellows and the community organizations that have been part of the process. Included in this discussion will be past panelists from the Department of City Planning – Claudia Herasme, and Department of Parks – Janice Melnik.

For more information about the IPA residency, the 2018 fellows and their proposed projects, please click here.

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