When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

Open House New York has invited a group of leading thinkers from design, art, science, and media for open-ended conversations about life in the contemporary city. In different but compelling ways, the work of each of these individuals helps us better understand the pleasures and frustrations of living an urban life, and asks questions that challenge the way we see and think about the city. Each conversation is structured around a broad theme but all will explore how fundamental values like openness and access help shape our experience of New York and give cities everywhere their vitality and meaning.

All of the talks in this series will take place at 7pm on select Thursday evenings from June through September at LMHQ in the Financial District (150 Broadway, 20th Floor).

Registration
Admission is free but reservations are required as space is limited. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

 

Justin Davidson: On Exploration
On June 8, architecture and music critic Justin Davidson will join us for a conversation about exploration to celebrate the publication of his new book, Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York

Justin Davidson is the architecture and classical music critic at New York magazine, where he writes about a broad range of urban, civic, and design issues. He grew up in Rome, graduated from Harvard, and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia University. As a classical music and cultural critic at Newsday, he won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002. His new book, Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York, is a portrait of New York told through art, music, history, literature, and architecture.

 

 

 

Miquela Craytor: On Inclusion
On July 13, Miquela Craytor, a planner and Vice President of Industrial Policy at New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), will speak about her work advocating for the use of sustainable development to address reinvestment in under-served communities
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 6/29

Miquela Craytor is the Director of Industrial Policy at NYCEDC.  Her work has consisted of overseeing the city’s revived industrial policy efforts. Projects include the city-wide Industrial Action Plan and overseeing the Futureworks NYC initiatives, a $13 million suite of investments in advanced manufacturing services. She was formerly the executive director at Sustainable South Bronx for over three years. She also served as the Senior Planner for Economic Development in the economic arm of the Bronx Borough President’s office. She received a BA in planning, public policy, & management from the Honors College at the University of Oregon and her MS in city & regional planning from Pratt Institute. She is a 2010 Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a 2010 BMW Transatlantic Fellow, and a board member of the NYC Workforce Development Corporation.

 

Alexandra Horowitz: On Observation
On July 27, scientist Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation, will discuss her work on cognition and the ways in which we perceive the world around us
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 7/13

Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the New York Times best-seller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009), On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation (2013), and Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell (2016). She is an adjunct Associate Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in creative non-fiction and canine cognition, and performs research at the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives and walks in New York City with her husband, young son, and two large, sniffy dogs.

 

 

 

Vishaan Chakrabarti: On Opportunity
On August 3, architect Vishaan Chakrabarti, the Founding Principal of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, will speak about the city as a platform for a shared, vibrant and diverse culture that fosters opportunity
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 7/20

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. He has been a guest on the Charlie Rose show, MSNBC’s The Cycle, NY1, NPR, WNYC, and has been profiled in the New York Times and the Financial Times.

 

Jorge Otero-Pailos: On Transitions
On August 17, artist and architect Jorge Otero-Pailos, the Director of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, will discuss his work exploring transitions from one historical period to the next, and how cultures use monuments to remember, to celebrate, and to come together
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 8/3

Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. He is Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture in New York. His work has been commissioned and exhibited by major museums, foundations and biennials notably, the Artangel Trust, the 53rd Venice Art Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Louis Vuitton Museum La Galerie, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is the founder and editor of Future Anterior, co-editor of Experimental Preservation (2016), author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and contributor to scholarly journals and books including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Rem Koolhaas’ Preservation Is Overtaking Us (2014). He studied architecture at Cornell University and holds a PhD from MIT, and was a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.  

 

Prerana Reddy: On Engagement
On August 24, activist Prerana Reddy, who serves as Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at the Queens Museum, will speak about the museum’s efforts to engage with the surrounding communities in the most diverse place in the country
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 8/10

Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement for the Queens Museum since 2005.  She organizes screening, talks, festivals, visual art exhibitions, artist residencies and performances, many of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers.  She is also in charge of the museum’s community engagement initiatives that combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants such as museum’s offsite immigrant arts & education center Immigrant Movement International, and the design and ongoing programming of Corona Plaza. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies, with a focus on documentary and visual anthropology, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

 

Charlie Todd: On Delight
On September 7, director and comedian Charlie Todd, the founder of Improv Everywhere, will talk about his mission to surprise and delight through the unconventional use of public space
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 8/24

Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, producing and directing the group’s work for over fifteen years. Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based comedy collective that stages unexpected performances in public places. Charlie also works as a television producer, serving as creator and executive producer for Improv Everywhere’s television pilot for NBC, and more recently as executive producer for MTV’s late night comedy, The Middle of the Night Show. He is a long-time performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He is also the author of Causing a Scene (2009), a book about Improv Everywhere published by Harper Collins.

 

 

 

 

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan’s creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 

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