Women as City Builders

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Women as City Builders

How does one incorporate protest sites into city planning? How can city planners bring diversity back to gentrified spaces? How do you populate depopulated spaces? Do men and women plan cities differently? 

These were some of the questions posed to the Municipal Arts Society's Jane Jacobs Forum, an annual panel discussion of urban planning and policy experts that tackle the questions of urban development nationally, with a focus on New York City. On this particular panel, Laura Flanders is joined by Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Peggy Deamer, Assistant Dean of the Yale of School of Architecture, Gayle Farris, Principal at GB Farris Strategies, Inc, Andrea Lamberti, Partner at Rafael Vinoly Architects, Mary Miss of the City as a Living Laboratory, Laura Starr, Principal at Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, and Sheela Maini Søgaard, CEO of Big Architecture.

"We aren't just talking about making places, we're talking about building community, and bringing different types of people who have very different types of opportunities and very different struggles can come together and find value in peoples success," says Deborah Cullen in response to the eternal question of how city planners can fix the harm wrought by gentrification.

"It is about how we integrate our value into a system. What we need is new social systems, a new continuum that connects through art-making, place-making, workshops, mentorships and jobs. We need to make connections to figure out how we are all in this together."

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