From “supertalls” to floating parks: Today’s pioneering real estate developers, architects and interior design innovators convene for a first-of-its-kind, two-day conference exploring new departures, trends and initiatives for the NYC landscape.

Friday, February 3

Kaufmann Concert Hall


Timeless Design: Luxuries That Never Go Out of Style
 — 4-5 pm

The women and men who continually achieve top billing on Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” and the Elle Decor A-list come together for a dialogue on curating lasting design experiences and emotionally transcendent spaces. Hear from interior design superstars Thom Filicia, Celerie Kemble, Jennifer Post and moderator Parker Bowie Larson, Market Director of Architectural Digest.

Building the New New York — 5:30-6:30 pm

With cranes dotting the cityscape, what will our skyline look like in 2020, and how should we expect to live and work (and play) in the new grid? Developers Jeff BlauHarry Macklowe, Ian Schrager and other real estate luminaries weigh in on these topics and more, moderated by Justin Davidson.

Architecture and New York’s 21st-Century Identity — 7-8 pm

Meet the new shapes of New York. From the reimagined MoMA and the forthcoming Statue of Liberty Museum to Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street and the slenderest building in the world, 111 West 57th Street — starchitects Liz Diller, Roger Duffy, Christopher Sharples and Patrik Schumacher take you behind the scenes. Moderated by Spencer Bailey, Editorial Director for Surface Media and Editor in Chief of Surface magazine.

Saturday, February 4

Curate your day by visiting a selection of panels occurring in four different rooms throughout the day. Coffee and lunch is included in ticket price compliments of Gregory’s Coffee and Sweetgreen.

The New York Series: A series of panel presentations
on timely New York-centric topics
Weill Art Gallery


Downtown is the New Black — 9:30-10:15 am

From Mario Batali’s new Eataly Downtown and the Oculus by starchitect Santiago Calatrava, to the Howard Hughes Corporation’s South Street Seaport and the breadth of new residential towers, downtown is experiencing a renaissance. Lidia Bastianich, Maria Castelluccio, Andrew Schwartz and Rob Vecsler join us for this lively discussion moderated by Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance.

The Making of Hudson Yards — 10:20-11:05 am

Howard Elkus, one of the primary architects behind the Time Warner Center, and now of Hudson Yards, talks with Dwell magazine’s editor in chief, Amanda Dameron, about the vision and challenges of creating a new authentic neighborhood.

High Line Meets Lowline — 11:10-11:55 am

Masterminds of urban green space James Ramsey, creator of the Lowline, and Adam Ganser, Vice President for Planning and Design, Friends of the High Line, come together for an intimate discussion on adaptive reuse parks and preserving our industrial past, moderated by New York Post real estate reporter Zachary Kussin.

Changing NYC Neighborhoods: What's on the Horizon and What Can We Expect? — 1:30-2:15 pm

Top developers discuss the transformative power of NYC’s new residential developments on the very fabric of a neighborhood. Jonathan Miller, NYC’s leading expert in real estate analysis and appraisal, sits down with Michael Stern of JDS Development, Charlie Bendit of Taconic Investment Properties, David Kramer of Hudson Companies and Susi Yu of Forest City Ratner Companies.

Bringing Hospitality Home — 2:20-3:05 pm

Now, more than ever the line between fine art and design continues to be blurred. Moderated by Dan Rubinstein, expert art and design panelists Adam Tihany, Alexandra Champalimaud, Jeffrey Beers and Skie Ocasio weigh in on what may make for good investment pieces as well as how to zero in on your fine art and design taste.

NYC’s Landmarks: Reimagined — 3:10-3:45 pm

New York’s museums and monuments are endemic signatures of the city. The thought leaders currently reinventing and restoring these landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty Museum and the American Museum of Natural History, will guide us through the challenges and excitement, acting as stewards of these hallowed places. Join us for this engaging conversation between Weston Walker, Nicholas Garrison, Eran Chen and Randolph Gerner, led by moderator Susan Szenasy, the editor in chief of Metropolis magazine.


The Design Series: Inspired Interiors
Room S102/103


The Art and Science of Feng Shui — 9:30-10:15 am

TV presenter, publisher and writer Chiu-Ti Jansen interviews Dee Kelly, one of the world’s leading experts in traditional Chinese feng shui, to explore the technical, mathematical and aesthetic components central to the ancient practice.

Inspired Design: Finding a Voice in Your Interior — 10:30-11:15 am

Inspiration can take place through a whirlwind journey, the pursuit of a personal hobby or the emulation of a tastemaker whose style you admire. We will navigate how to integrate your own taste and vision into your personal abode. Laura Kirar, Sara Gilbane, Jon Call and Lyon Porter join us for this intimate talk led by editor Aileen Kwun.

Wellness and Sustainability — 11:30 am-12:15 pm

Whether it's the health of the planet, or your family, that might be your interest, this panel can help you wade through the means and methods for how healthy and sustainable materials and products can be introduced into your space. Join experts Zoe Reich Margarites, Robin Wilson and Katie Miller for this conversation moderated by Helene Oberman.

Made in New York: Designers Working and Making in Our Backyard — 1-1:45 pm

Leading designers, craftsmen and women, and artisanal workers discuss new directions in their work. We will hear from Brit Kleinman, Mark De La Vega, Will Kavesh, Michele Varian, moderated by Mieke Ten Have from Elle Décor.

Collecting Art and Design for the Home — 2-2:45 pm

Design specialists and top NYC gallery owners Juan Garcia Mosqueda, Cristina Grajales, Patrick Parrish and Anthony Barzilay Freund discuss the seamless integration of fine art and design in your space. Learn how to hone in on your taste and what makes for a good investment piece.

The Science and Emotional Power of Color — 3-3:45 pm

Leading textile designers Rebecca Atwood and Lori Weitzner, along with color expert Donald Kaufman, explore the impact of color on our living environment. Moderated by Kathleen Renda with HGTV and House Beautiful.


Real Estate Essentials: From the Second Avenue Subway to Suburbia
Room S101


Buildings for “Me” — 10:30-11:15 am

The latest generation of residential living has taken the concept of “lifestyle” to the next level. Harkening back to an older era of communal living, buildings are once again becoming far more than a place to hang one’s hat. Today, they are extensions of one's personal, professional and intellectual pursuits. Think of buildings as social clubs, think tanks, vessels for healthy living and more. Hear Eric Birnbaum, Jacqueline Schmidt, Tinchuck Ng, Brittney Hart and Amy Plitt on the subject.

Inclusive, Enhanced City — 11:30 am-12:15 pm

In this critical discussion, we will focus on socially responsible development in NYC, hearing from the people who work tirelessly to create housing solutions for all, as well as those who strive to improve public spaces and parks. Moderated by Ian Volner; hear from Nadine Maleh, Suchi Reddy, Thomas Balsley and Anita Durst on building a city, our city, where all denizens can achieve quality of life inside and outside their homes.

Home Improvement Updates That Impact Your Home’s Value — 1-1:45 pm

Whether it’s a weekend project or a total overhaul of your home, most homeowners would be willing to invest in some renovations or updates to their space if they knew it would positively impact their home’s resale value. Moderated by Carisha Swanson, this panel of passionate home experts Josh Wiener, Daniele Busca, Jacky Teplitzky and Yadira Hernandez advise on the key areas to begin with.

Navigating the Suburban Landscape — 2-2:45 pm

From the City to the 'Burbs, we'll take you Step-by-Step to navigate a home purchase in the suburban market. Led by Lyss Stern, seasoned experts Brenda Maher, Albert Cleary, Maria Babaev and Scott Elwell hash out tear downs and historic re-constructions, school systems, commute considerations and everything in between.

All Aboard the Second Avenue Subway — 3-3:45 pm

The Second Avenue Subway has occupied a special place in New York City’s imagination for nearly 100 years. After almost a century, the first segment has finally opened and will eventually stretch 8.5 miles from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in lower Manhattan. "All Aboard the Second Avenue Subway" gathers "in-the-know" city planners, real estate professionals and experts to discuss its impending impact on the Upper East Side's way of life. Join experts Ellie Johnson, Sandra Bloodworth, Faith Hope Consolo, Joyce Gold and Alex Marshall for the conversation.


The Salon Series: Intimate Workshops with Industry Pros
Room S104


Calling all Snowbirds, Part I: Why are you here freezing when you could be in South Florida? — 9:30-10:15 am

President of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty Daniel de la Vega along with Lynda Fernandez, SVP, Miami Association of Realtors will review the ins and outs of the South Florida real estate market to fully educate you on everything the area has to offer. On hand will be attorney Laurie B. Kazenoff, Esq., Partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP discussing “New York State Taxes and Florida Residency: What you need to know if you intend to purchase property in Florida.” Whether you are interested in buying, learning about the opportunities in this thriving pre-construction market or simply want to navigate the various ways to invest in Miami and beyond, you won’t want to miss this scintillating discussion. Don’t be late! Candace Taylor, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, to moderate.

The New Way to Monetize Your Home (And How to Enjoy Other People's Luxury Real Estate Short Term) — 10:30-11:15 am

The Rolls Royce of home sharing – onefinestay – has arrived on the market, giving homeowners and travelers the first and only gold standard option in this fast growing category. The concept is simple: stays in the finest homes with luxury hospitality services. Jonathan Miller moderates a not-to-be missed conversation with Evan Frank, CEO of onefinestay, James Harris, of the luxury real estate firm Bond Street Partners, and Lisa Simonsen, of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Harris, when he’s not busy starring in Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, is a onefinestay client and customer, making the dialogue between these two men “news you can use.” Ask the dapper Harris about the financial perks of short term renting, concerns and realities. Is this trend here to stay? Hear from Frank on how can you best leverage your asset. Learn about how you too can monetize and increase the value of your property as a homeowner, a real estate investor or a developer.

Hot Topics with Christina Cuomo: Private School Admissions and Real Estate — 11:30 am-12:15 pm

Moderated by Cristina Cuomo, hear Andrew Till, Jared Seligman, Amanda Uhry and Paul Zweben about the best schools on The Upper East and West Sides: how to get in and where to live.

Investing in Real Estate: Everything You Need to Know — 1-1:45 pm

Senior advisors Alexander Mayer, David Axelrod and Skip Stern from Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, along with Douglas Elliman broker Karen Davidson, lend their expertise on how higher interest rates will impact housing demand, financing solutions for your next home purchase or renovation and alternative sources of financing for real estate that you didn't know were possible.

Calling all Snowbirds, Part II: Best New Developments — 2-2:45 pm

If brand new is for you, then you won’t want to miss veteran South Florida real estate developers Louis Birdman and Daniel Riordan discuss the dynamic state of the South Florida new construction market. From Zaha Hadid’s six-star One Thousand Museum Boulevard to the architectural masterpiece Turnberry Ocean Club Residences, located in Sunny Isles Beach, you’ll leave this Talk knowing what is new and noteworthy and what to expect of the Sunshine State’s coast in 2020 and beyond. Also on hand will be President of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, Daniel de la Vega, and Executive Vice President, Fernando de Nunez, to provide insight on the overall market in the region. Moderating this not-be-missed Snowbirds Talk will be Pete Catapano, Executive Editor, Mansion Global.

To see the full list of speakers, click here.

Seating for all events is general admission and all panel events on Saturday will be available on a first come first serve basis for attendees.

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  • Life & Style: Real Estate, Architecture & Design Summit

    Date: Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 4 pm

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

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    Date: Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 9:30 am

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