Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Reimagining Penn Station, Grand Central, JFK, LaGuardia and the City’s Streets
Roger Duffy, Senior Consulting Design Partner, SOM
Temoor Ahmad, Associate Principal, Grimshaw
Anne Fletcher, Principal, HOK
Story Bellows, Partner CityFi
Moderated by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, New Cities Foundation
Around the world, mega-airports like Dubai's World Central are setting the new bar, while in New York, even modest enhancements to our airports have long proven elusive. That all is poised to change with the transformations afoot at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports. Exactly what will these revamps bring? Will New York get our "Aerotropolis?"
New York’s train stations and subways are likewise undergoing much-needed large-scale overhauls. At Grand Central Station, renovations will make room for 2,200 more riders every hour; Penn-Moynihan station expansion will bring will transform the James A. Farley post office into an enormous 250,000-square-foot train hall with 50% more room for commuters.
But even with these major improvements to how New York City will be moving its denizens around over the next decades, be it above ground or below, without pedestrian-focused streets and new design standards to lessen congestion, our City cannot reach its highest levels of inclusivity, creativity and safety. New York is making historic changes here too, giving the streets back to New Yorkers in empowering ways.
Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear from these architectural masterminds and urban visionaries.
Making Places: Favorite Neighborhoods, Hot Spots and New Destinations
Stuart Wood, Group Leader, Heatherwick Studio
James Ramsey, Co-Founder, Lowline
Jonathan Butler, Founder, Smorgasburg
Steve Cornwell, CMO, Howard Hughes Corporation
Moderated by Cassim Shepard, Author, Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism and Founding Editor-In-Chief, Urban Omnibus
Place-making is part science, part art. From the Vessel, a new kind of public landmark at Hudson Yards that, with 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings, is meant to be climbed and explored; to the Lowline, an underground urban park of 50,000 square feet beneath Delancey Street, and many points of interest in between, an illustrious panel of architects, developers and visionaries talk about creating new neighborhoods and offer their predictions for the next “it” destinations.
Attendees will be among the first to hear from The Howard Hughes Corporation, which since 2010 has been revitalizing Seaport District NYC and whose Pier 17 is on track for a 2018 opening with restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the Momofuku Group, as well as a 1.5-acre rooftop that will have a restaurant, outdoor bars and a one-of-a-kind performance venue with unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the city skyline.