Andrea Kahn, Design Content Mary Kimball, City of New York Meri Louekari, City of Helsinki & Aalto University
Moderated by Thaddeus Pawlowski, Columbia University & City of New York
Urban waterfronts are facing significant transformations world-wide and are among the most pressing urban design challenges of the next century. Former industrial sites are being reclaimed and rebuilt for new uses, while new urban maritime districts begin to provide a mix of housing, recreation, post-industrial, and ecological programs, in the midst of greater environmental uncertainty. The goal of this event is to foster cross-city dialogue and learning between the cities New York and Helsinki. Both cities have already opened up access to miles of the shoreline that have been closed off to the public for decades.