October 30–November 2
According to projections, New York City is set to increase by another 500,000 residents over the next two decades. The impacts of this growth, coupled by shrinking municipal coffers, promise to exacerbate the City’s challenges around aging infrastructure, a severe housing crisis, and income inequality. In response, New York and other global cities are looking for creative ways to leverage private money to meet the needs of their swelling populations.
From the creation of parks and open space, to the development of entirely new neighborhoods, private interests are shaping our spatial city more than ever before. This reality underscores the importance of balancing private investment with public benefit. What best practices can guide collaboration across the public, private, and design sectors to ensure the most equitable outcomes? This question is at the core of Van Alen’s work helping cities understand what change is needed and how to make it happen.
Van Alen hosted a special capstone session, bringing the Council together with the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) to grapple with pervasive design challenges in cities across scales. As host of the 2019 MICD Regional Session, Van Alen convened mayors from small cities across the US to educate them about the strategies for fostering inclusive growth in their hometowns.
Through a half-day event at Brooklyn’s incubation space, A/D/O, the Council helped this groups of civic leaders think creatively about design solutions, drawing on global precedents and best practices.
John D’Amico, Mayor of West Hollywood, California
Vince Williams, Mayor of Union City, Georgia
The Honorable Christian Price, Mayor of Maricopa,
Arizona Shawn Maldon, Mayor of Capitol Heights, Maryland
The case studies and Council presentations can be found below:
All photos by Cameron Blaylock
Pat Arnett, Silman
Carl Bäckstrand, White Arkitekter (Council Co-Chair)
Luis Becker, Henning Larsen
Alice Brittion, Squint Opera
Alfredo Caraballo, Allies and Morrison (Council Co-Chair)
Niklas Carlen, Wingardhs
Jonas Edblad, Wingardhs
Daniel Elsea, Allies and Morrison (Council Co-Chair)
Karen Frome, Silman
Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Studio Saxe
Denzil Gallagher, BuroHappold
Amalia Gonzalez Dahl, Henning Larsen
Tony Grist, HASSELL
Nancy Hudson, Silman
Scott Hughes, Silman
Hauke Jungiohann, BuroHappold
Sara Navrady, Mecanoo
Nat Oppenheimer, Silman
Carmen Pereira, Mecanoo
Sara Rubenstein, Henning Larsen
Monica von Schmalensee, White Arkitekter (Council Co-Chair)
Morten Schmidt, Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Michael Sorensen, Henning Larsen
Thomas Stokke, Haptic
About the Council
The International Council is a platform for exchange among leading architects, designers, developers, and planners, representing practices across more than 26 cities and 15 countries. Members meet twice annually to identify and investigate issues facing cities around the world, and to guide the impact of the Institute’s public programming, research, and design competitions. Council members also convene with local policymakers, developers, researchers, and designers, identifying topics with the potential for deeper exploration with Van Alen’s international audience.
The Council is currently led by Co-Chairs Alfredo Carabello and Daniel Elsea of Allies and Morrison, and Carl Bäckstrand and Monica von Schmalensee of White Arkitekter. The next International Council meeting will be held October 30 to November 2, 2019 in New York.
For more information, please contact Stacey Anderson, Associate Director of Business Development and Special Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 212-924-7000.