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City of Tomorrow
Real Estate, Architecture & Design Summit
January 26 & 27, 2018
A Production by 92Y and Hundred Stories
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“City of Tomorrow” – now in its second year – unites key players and innovators from the worlds of architecture, real estate and interior design for an incomparable two-day symposium with a host of interactive workshops and panel discussions on timely and provocative topics.
Friday, January 26, 5–8 pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall
  • 5 pm

    New York Titans Talk: Real Estate Developers on Sharing the Skyline

    Ziel Feldman, Chairman and Founder of HFZ Capital Group

    From residential towers higher than the eye can see to office buildings that wholly redefine the workplace, from completely new neighborhoods to historic districts reborn, New York’s most ambitious and prolific developers converse on the future of New York. How will we live, work and play in the years and decades to come?

  • 6:30 pm

    Building Culture: Architects on the Social and Cultural Impact of their Work

    Robert A. M. Stern, Founder and Senior Partner, RAMSA
    Daniel Libeskind, Founder and Principal Architect, Studio Libeskind
    Billie Tsien, Partner, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

    America is experiencing a unique cultural moment in which the importance of museums, monuments and cultural institutions cannot be ignored. We are joined by the world’s most renowned architects – Daniel Libeskind (National Holocaust Museum in Toronto), Robert A. M. Stern (Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College at Yale University) and Billie Tsien (Obama Presidential Library) – who talk about the process and purpose of designing these and other recent noteworthy projects. The talk will explore the responsibility of the architect today and the task of interpreting history for future generations.

Saturday, January 27, 10 am–7 pm

Curate your day by visiting a selection of panels occurring in four different rooms throughout the day. Lunch will be at 12 pm.

The New York Series

  • Weill Art Gallery

    Timely New York-centric topics will be explored, such as the iconic gateways to the city and the monumental changes being planned; new neighborhoods, some of which require you to go below ground; legendary buildings that are being reimagined and reborn; and how restaurateurs have become the new architects in place making.

  • 10 am

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Reimagining Penn Station, Grand Central, JFK and New York City’s Streets

    Roger Duffy, Design Partner, SOM
    Vincent Chang, Group Managing Partner, Grimshaw
    Anne Fletcher, Principal, HOK
    Moderated by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, New Cities Foundation

    New York has always been a city in motion. Over one billion people per year go through the subway turnstiles! Penn Station alone serves 600,000 passengers a day, while JFK is the busiest airport in the New York City airport system, handling just under 59 million passengers a year. Now the city’s storied transportation hubs are undergoing much-needed large-scale revamps. We’ll take a closer look at the plans for New York’s Penn-Moynihan station expansion and developments taking place at JFK and LaGuardia Airports along with Grand Central Station and its East Side access project.

  • 11 am

    Making Places: Favorite Neighborhoods, Hot Spots and Emerging 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 Hudson Yards’ the Vessel, comprised of almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings, to an underground urban park 50,000 square feet underneath Delancey Street, and many points of interest in between, an illustrious panel of architects, developers and visionaries talk about how to create new neighborhoods and offer their opinions and predictions for the next hot spots and emerging “it” destinations.

  • 2 pm

    Gilded Age of New York Real Estate: Exploring New iterations of the Classics

    Donald Albrecht, Co-Curator, Museum of the City of New York

    How can buildings speak to history without being nostalgic or pastiche? We look into how some of New York’s legendary buildings and neighborhoods are getting a new life. We explore provocative new uses for old icons with a panel of experts.

  • 3 pm

    Ethics of Architecture: The Social and Political Implications of the Built Environment

    Alan Ricks, Co-founder and COO of MASS Design Group
    Don Weinreich, Managing Partner, Ennead Architects
    Jane Greenwood, Principal, Kostow Greenwood Architects

    Can there be an architectural product infused with ethics? Do architects, by nature, have a responsibility to help right the inequalities of the world? What is their complicity in the delivery of beauty? This discussion will engage the leaders of this brave new world as they share their plans on how our city’s hospitals, justice system and public spaces can be rethought and recalibrated.

The Real Estate Room

  • Room S104

    A myriad of topics will be explored such as “The Frontrunners of the Great Amenities Race,” “Retail Forecast for 2018 and Beyond,” “Micro Homes,” “Learn How to Be a Real Estate Broker” and more.

  • 10 am

    The Mysteries of New York Real Estate Revealed

    This discussion will revolve around demystifying some of Manhattan real estate’s best-kept secrets, including a peek behind the curtain of co-op boards, the next hot neighborhood to invest in, and neighborhoods and locales where you can get unexpected value right now.

Finance & Tech

  • Room S101

    Get the inside scoop on the latest trends in home technology, including appliances bestowed with artificial intelligence, micro houses, and innovations and solutions for sustainability. Tap the experts for cutting-edge financial advice on investing or divesting.

  • 10 am


    Senior advisors from the leading financial firms lend their experience 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.

  • 11 am

    Real Estate as an Investment Option

    Is now the time to buy an investment property? Top NYC real estate agents, along with financial planners and wealth managers, will be on hand to provide context, including a to-date overview of New York City’s real estate market, and provide detailed information to help you make smart, strategic investment decisions. Need-to-know questions will be answered, including:
    · What type of financing will banks give for an investment property?
    · What’s a better investment: a co-op or condo?
    · How can I boost my return on investment by an additional one to two percent?

  • 12 pm

    Creative Ways to Finance

    Senior advisors from leading banks 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.

  • 2 pm

    Meet the Jetsons: 2.0

    Aido, the Robot
    Arshad Hisham, CEO, Get Aido
    Gordon Meyer, Head of Marketing, YouVisit VR
    Bill Strang, President, Operations, ToTo USA
    Tamica Fields, Senior Product Specialist, Sony Life Space UX

    Remember how far-out the cartoon family’s home once seemed? Well, the future has arrived. Join our friendly mascot, Aido, the next-generation robot for the home, who will be your new three-foot-tall best friend, as we look at technology that will revolutionize our daily lives. Meet the smartest toilets in the world, virtual reality that transforms your home into anything you can imagine and electronics that think before you do.

  • 3 pm

    Innovative Problem Solvers

    Jianshi Wu, Architectural Designer, Central Park Sidescraper
    Mary Mattingly, Founder, the Swale

    Design proposals to transform Central Park into a sunken landscape to allow for more skyscrapers, plant a food garden atop a Hudson River barge and develop a vending-machine skyscraper that dispenses 3D-printed homes are all proof that the future in sustainability is knocking at our door. Hear from these cutting-edge architects and product innovators who are thinking way outside the box when it comes to living more sustainably.

The Design Room

  • Room S102/103

    Explore all things pertaining to interiors with a host of design topics, including innovations in feng shui and crystal therapy, following the path of refined materials from inception to finished product, the latest in kitchen and bath design, insider tips on how to commission and collaborate with an artisan, defining American style with top interior designers and a show-and-tell by renowned textile designers on how to enliven your interiors with pattern, prints and textures.

  • 10 am

    “Your Home Is Your Temple”: Applying Healing and Wellness Modalities To Design

    Rashia Bell, Interior Designer and Crystal Healer, the Cristalline
    Ellie Burrows, CEO, MNDFL Meditation
    Deborah Hanekamp, Founder, Mama Medicine
    Laura Cerrano, Co-Founder and CEO, Feng Shui Manhattan

    Mindfulness, energetic healing and crystal therapy are no longer just practices, but now they can become part of our everyday home environments. You won’t want to miss out on hearing from Rashia Bell, designer behind the famed wellness studio “The Class by Taryn Toomey” (think healing clear quartz light fixtures, color wheel gems to manifest positive thinking, and cleansing floors of tourmaline and hematite) or Shaman and reiki master Deborah Hanekamp, who – along with their incredible co-panelists, MNDFL’s Ellie Burrows and Feng Shui expert Laura Cerrano – will show you how to bring the healing and transcendental arts home.

  • 11 am

    Working with an Artisan

    Benoist Drut, Gallery Principal, Maison Gerard
    Bill Sofield, Founder, Studio Sofield
    Melanie Courbet, Founder, Les Ateliers Courbet
    Moderated by Michael Boodro, Editorial Director, Dering Hall

    Nothing adds to your home’s personality like a piece of bespoke or custom-made design. Imagine a commissioned custom staircase, chandelier or even piece of kitchen hardware. We speak with the city’s leading designers and gallery owners, who detail this intricate process and offer insider tips on how to work with an artisan.

  • 12 pm

    Storytelling: Four Materials, Four Journeys

    Mondo Pallon, CEO, Smartwood Flooring
    Anthony Davani, Managing Partner, Kreoo

    From the mountains of Carrara to the forests of Bali and everywhere in between, we follow the journey of four beloved design materials, led by those who are obsessed with them. Join us as we discuss the origins, transformation and finished products made from marble, wood, glass and metal.

  • 1 pm

    The Best in Kitchen and Bath Design

    Christopher Peacock, Founder, Christopher Peacock Cabinetry
    Julia Buckingham, Founder, Buckingham Interiors
    Steve Fanuka, Founder, Fanuka, INC
    Gregory Rohl, VP Marketing Rohl Luxury Faucets and Fixtures
    Moderated by Carisha Swanson, Market Editor, House Beautiful Magazine

    Kitchen and Bath envy anyone? Whether you dream in Carrara, copper or granite, you’ll leave this talk swooning. Hear about the latest in luxury cabinetry and construction from DIY Network’s Million Dollar Contractor, Stephen Fanuka who works in the high-end world of opulent spaces and Christopher Peacock, designer of some of the most luxurious kitchens in the world for his eponymous firm. Renowned interior designer Julia Buckingham imparts her expert knowledge in creating award-winning kitchens and baths, while Gregory Rohl who leads his family company, Rohl, talks premium fixtures and faucets found in the chicest homes.

  • 2 pm

    What Is American Style? Tastemakers Debate Design

    Thomas A. Kligerman, Ike Kligerman Barkley
    Robert Stilin, Robert Stilin
    Caleb Anderson, Drake/Anderson
    Joan Craig, Partner, Lichten Craig Architecture and Interiors
    Moderated by Kendra Frisbie, CEO DECASO

    What is American design? Is it rustic barn house chic? Palm Springs modern? Jet set New York glamour or Midwestern colloquial charm? Since our nation’s style is as regionally diverse as its food or its accents, we call upon top design minds from around the country to learn how they define local style.

  • 3 pm

    The Power of Pattern and Prints

    Jason Nixon, Co-Founder, Madcap Cottage
    Dana Gibson, Founder, Dana Gibson
    John Robshaw, Founder, John Robshaw
    Moderated by Tori Mellott, Senior Editor, Traditional Home Magazine

    Pleasing patterns, tantalizing textures and sumptuous colors create vibrant and enjoyable interiors with impact. This panel of textile designers lends expertise for combining patterns to create a room of your own.

Ask the Experts

  • Room S252

    In this interactive series of roundtable discussions, experts explore, explain and guide you through such topics as how to stage your home, curate an art collection and locate and hire the right professionals.

Interior Design Keynote: Magic Makers – Top Interior Designers Talk Techniques for Transforming Spaces

  • Kaufmann Concert Hall

    4:30 pm

    Ken Fulk, Owner, Ken Fulk Inc.
    Ghislaine Viñas, Founder, Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, LLC
    Anthony Baratta, Founder, Anthony Baratta

    Each of our illustrious designers has the magic touch when it comes to creating dramatic yet livable interiors. Their vernacular and executions may differ, but each is setting new standards in hospitality, home décor, multi-family living and intersections therein. You won’t want to miss this fabulous journey through show-stopping design.

Keep checking this page for updates on schedule and speakers!

Donald Albrecht
Co-Curator, Museum of the City of New York
Anthony Baratta
Founder, Anthony Baratta
Rashia Bell
Interior Designer and Crystal Healer, the Cristalline
Ellie Burrows
CEO, MNDFL Meditation
Jonathan Butler
Founder, Smorgasburg
Laura Cerrano
Co-Founder and CEO, Feng Shui Manhattan
John Cetra
Founding Principal, CetraRuddy
Joan Craig
Partner, Lichten Craig Architecture and Interiors
Roger Duffy
Design Partner, SOM
Ziel Feldman
Chairman and Founder of HFZ Capital Group
Anne Fletcher
Principal, HOK
Kendra Frisbie
Ken Fulk
Owner, Ken Fulk Inc.
Jane Greenwood
Principal, Kostow Greenwood Architects
Deborah Hanekamp
Founder, Mama Medicine
Ken Horn
Founder and President, Alchemy Properties
Mary Mattingly
Founder, the Swale
Gordon Meyer
Head of Marketing, YouVisit VR
Jason Oliver Nixon
Co-Founder, Madcap Cottage
Christopher Peacock
Founder, Christopher Peacock Cabinetry
James Ramsey
Co-Founder, Lowline
Alan Ricks
Co-founder and COO of MASS Design Group
Cassim Shepard
Author, Citymakers
Robert Stilin
Founder, Robert Stilin
Bill Strang
President, Operations, ToTo USA
Billie Tsien
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Ghislaine Vinas
Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, LLC
Don Weinreich
Managing Partner, Ennead Architects
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