New books, articles and social media posts abound proclaiming the death of New York, portraying the metropolis as a cultural wasteland laid barren by chain stores, luxury condos and neoliberalism; while ample evidence exists to support these claims, evidence also exists to refute them with the emergence of new cultural institutions, grassroots arts organizations, and population growth surpassing projections, all of which begs us to ask in this panel, is New York dead?
Risa Shoup, Kevin Baker, and Galia Solomonoff in conversation with Vishaan Chakrabarti.
Kevin Baker (CC ‘80), is a writer and editor based in New York City. His first novel, Sometimes You See It Coming, based loosely on the life of Ty Cobb, but set in the modern day, was published in hardcover by Crown in 1993 and in paperback by HarperPaperbacks in the spring of 2003. Dreamland, part of Baker’s New York‚ City of Fire trilogy was published by HarperCollins in 1999, and in paperback the following year. Paradise Alley was published by HarperCollins in 2002, and the third and final volume of the trilogy, Strivers Row, which was published in February, 2006. Kevin was the chief historical researcher on Harold Evans’ best–selling history, The American Century, published by Knopf in 1999. He wrote the monthly “In the News” column for American Heritage magazine from 1998-2007, and has been published in The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, New York magazine, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Frankfurter Rundschau, and Harper’s magazine, among other publications. He was a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for non-fiction.
Vishaan Chakrabarti is Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia GSAPP, where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. Chakrabarti is founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), a New York architecture and planning practice dedicated to the advancement of cities. Current projects include Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Refinery, Queens’ Sunnyside Yards, Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Yards and a contemporary urban bazaar in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
From 2009 to 2015, Chakrabarti served as the Marc Holliday Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Real Estate Development program at Columbia GSAPP. While there, he became the founding director of the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE). Chakrabarti is widely credited for transforming the program into one of the finest programs of its kind by establishing an interdisciplinary mission that focused on the potential role urban development could play in generating groundbreaking design, greater sustainability, and shared economic prosperity.
Risa Shoup is the Executive Director of Spaceworks, a New York City-based nonprofit cultural community development organization dedicated to expanding the supply of subsidized rehearsal, studio and community space for New Yorkers. We do this in collaboration with artists, partners and neighborhood residents. Spaceworks is committed to preserving, protecting and restoring cultural legacies in collaboration with our partners and neighbors. Shoup has worked for the past 14 years in NYC, focusing on the production of subsidized space for arts and culture that elevates and strengthens local communities. They serve on the boards of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York and The Invisible Dog Art Center and on the planning committee for the American Museum of LGBTQ Culture. They were a consultant for Create NYC, New York City’s first-ever cultural plan.
Galia Solomonoff is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia GSAPP. As Principal of SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio in Chelsea and a registered architect, she has worked with over 40 international artists, creating installations in homes, museums, airports and the public way. As architect of Dia:Beacon, Solomonoff collaborated with artists Robert Irwin, Richard Serra, and Michael Heizer among others to interpret their sketches into permanently built artworks. For The Jewish Museum and the Institute for the Study of Ancient History, Solomonoff is engaged in ongoing assignments to design temporary exhibits, ranging from Chagall to Modigliani, Islamic Manuscripts to Burle Marx and Ancient History. Her expertise extends to art centered restaurants, such as Kappo Masa for Larry Gagosian at 980 Madison which features works by Picasso and Russ and Daughters at The Jewish Museum with a mural by Maira Kalman. At Columbia GSAPP she engages in discussions of art, architecture, and how to further their public democratic mission in the cultural and political sphere.
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