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Flatiron Talk Tuesday

Site City Future with Joel Sanders

Flatiron South Public Plaza Broadway between 22nd and 23rd Streets*
Tuesday, July 16, 6–7pm


*Rain Location: General Assembly at 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

Site City Future asks, how can the city design for livability while competing in a global economy? In what ways can design support the essential values that make New York a great city? What planning and design policies can promote a more inclusive approach to growth?

Joel Sanders, former Co-Chair of Van Alen’s Program Leadership Council, leads a conversation on the impacts of future development on both the city’s physical character and the well-being of its citizens.  Drawing from his design research on restrooms and museums, Sanders will focus on Body Politics: Social Equity and Public Space, discussing the imperative for designers to form cross-disciplinary collaborations dedicated to creating inclusive public spaces that meet the needs of people of different ages, genders, races and abilities.

The Flatiron Summer Series is eight weeks of free programming for the community by the community. The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with local businesses and organizations, provides free classes & activities on the Flatiron Plazas, at the intersection of Broadway, 23rd Street, and Fifth Avenue.

Joel Sanders, FAIA
Joel is the Principal of New York based studio JSA and a Professor of Architecture at Yale University. JSA projects have been featured in international exhibitions including MoMA, SF MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago and Carnegie Museum of Art. The firm has received numerous awards, including six New York Chapter AIA Awards, two New York State AIA Awards, an Interior Design Best of Year Award, and two Design Citations from Progressive Architecture. The editor of Stud: Architectures of Masculinity and Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture with Diana Balmori, Joel’s work explores the complex relationship between culture and social space, looking at the impact that evolving cultural forces (such as gender identity and the body, technology and new media, and the nature/culture dualism) have on the designed environment. Most recently, Sanders is collaborating with transgender historian and theorist Susan Stryker on a design/research initiative to come up with an economical and viable prototype for safe, practical, gender-neutral bathrooms that will foster diversity.

About Van Alen
At Van Alen, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Van Alen builds on more than a century of experience to develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions.