TEDC to Host "Parks Without Borders" With Center for New York City Affairs and NYC Parks

unnamed (12)Tishman Environment and Design Center, NYC Parks and The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs and will host Parks Without Borders: Ideas for the Next Generation of Urban Parks and Public Space: Ideas for the Next Generation of Urban Parks and Public Space. The daylong conference takes place at The New School’s University Center, 5th Ave, Manhattan, Tues., May 24.Parks Without Borders will bring together thought leaders from a range of disciplines to explore the future of parks and public space.

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The conference will also include the announcement of the eight New York City parks that have been chosen to pilot NYC Parks’ innovative Parks Without Borders design approach.

Speakers include

Paul Goldberger, Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture, The New SchoolMike Lydon, Principal, Street PlansSigne Nielsen, FASLA, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape ArchitectsMitchell Silver, FAICP, Commissioner, NYC ParksThe summit’s themes include innovative design, equity, engagement, resiliency, ecological and landscape connectivity, and more. The event is designed to guide the work of Park planners, designers and other urbanists and to offer inspiration about the power and potential of parks and public space to support vibrant, dynamic, and resilient communities.In addition to the main presentations, the conference will offer panel discussions and hands-on workshops led by architects, landscape designers, digital engagement experts, and urban planners including “Smart Space: Serving Park Users through Data & Tech,”  “Not Just for Play: The Role of Parks in a Resilient City,” and “Neighborhood-Based Green Infrastructure.”“Parks Without Borders is a vision for parks and public spaces that are welcoming, accessible and beautiful,” said Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver. “As New York and other cities continue to grow rapidly and welcome new populations, it’s crucial that our parks and public spaces evolve as well. The global leaders joining us at the conference will advance and expand our thinking as we create the next generation of great urban parks.”"The New School and TEDC have a long-standing commitment to creating just and sustainable real-world solutions through socially engaged design and policy," said Michelle DePass, Dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. "Our parks—valued public spaces that are key to maintaining urban resiliency—are places where our students and faculty engage with communities and urban ecosystems to create positive change and enhance the quality of life for New Yorkers."“It was a remarkable feat of vision and shared effort among our City’s founders and builders that set aside both enormous swaths of parkland across the boroughs and dotted our neighborhoods with green spaces for us to play and meet and sit,” said Kristin Morse, Executive Director of the Center for New York City Affairs. “We are pleased to join Commissioner Silver in re-envisioning how parks and public spaces can support a more equitable, inclusive, and dynamic city.”

Parks Without Borders is presented by The J.M. Kaplan Fund, with additional support from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Citi, the Mayor’s Fund for New York City, and AT&T.