Conscious Cities Festival 2019

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Pratt Institute

Higgins Hall 61 St James Pl

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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The 2019 Festival

The 2019 Conscious Cities Festival is a four-day learning environment aiming at exploring how science-informed design can create a healthier, more inclusive city.

The mission of the Festival is to facilitate dialogue among individuals, organizations, and institutions to spur collaborative and creative solutions for achieving just communities, using a multidisciplinary approach grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice.

Building on the Conscious Cities movement’s previous events, each day of the Festival will tackle pressing issues facing today and the future’s urban population, grouped into four themes: Resilience, Families, Aging, and Mental Health.

Designers, community planners and organizers, advocates and activists, behavioral scientists and representatives of New York’s City Hall and other city agencies will discuss how science and design can inform one another at a series of public talks, hosted by our venue partner Pratt Institute.


Conscious Cities and The CCD

The Conscious Cities movement began in 2015 after the publication of its manifesto in The Guardian. Since then, numerous events and publications have contributed to promoting positive social impact through design that is grounded in research and evidence. Watch a 3-minute introduction video or read the Wikipedia article.

The Centre for Conscious Design grew out of this movement and has taken on the role of supporting the interdisciplinary work needed to address the challenges facing our urban future.




Day 1 - Resilience
15th October, 6 pm

Building Resilient Communities

Whilst resilience in urbanism usually refers to how built infrastructure can cope with natural disasters and climate change, Day 1 of the Festival will focus on the resilience of the city’s social fabric. How can we design cities to promote social cohesion that not only ensures communities thrive through challenges, but also that individuals aren’t left behind?

Speakers:

- Harriet Harriss, Dean of the Pratt School of Architecture
- J. Phillip Thompson, NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives
- Cynthia Nikitin, Senior Vice President at Project for Public Spaces
- Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Managing Director of Human Centered Design at Turf Advisory
- Diane E. Davis, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design
- Claudia Herasme, Chief Urban Designer at NYC’s Department of City Planning
- Jainey Bavishi, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency

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Day 2 - Families
16th October, 6 pm

Family Friendly Cities

In most urban areas raising a family can be a challenge to parents and children alike, what can we change to make the city supportive of growing families? The day’s events will address what needs to be done to create more inclusive environments in which families thrive and children experience healthy physical and mental development.

Speakers:

- Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University
- Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director of the Association of Children's Museums (ACM)
- Tara Eisenberg, Director of Special Initiatives at ITDP
- Lawanna Kimbro, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for the NYC Department of Social Services
- Anna Siprikova, Senior Program Associate, Streets for Kids Program at NACTO
- Bryson Rose, Director of the Center for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy and Capacity Building at the Hetrick-Martin Institute

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Day 3 - Aging
17th October, 6 pm

Reshaping Later Life

Our mature population is underrepresented in urban planning. Day 3 of the festival will deal with how we can change our approach to planning for aging, towards better physical and mental health and access to participating and benefitting fully from city life.

Speakers:

- Lindsay Goldman, Director of Healthy Aging at the New York Academy of Medicine
- Anna Maria Chávez, Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for the National Council on Aging
- Bradley Schurman, Founder and CEO of Demogera
- Melissa Gong Mitchell, Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging
- Susan Magsamen, Founder and Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab

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Day 4 - Mental Health
18th October, 6 pm

Urban Design for Mental Health

In the context of an ever urbanising society, the rise of loneliness, depression, time-poverty, and stress are indicators that our cities must take a pro-active role in supporting our wellbeing. Day 4 of the festival will focus on how to create the conditions for mental health to become a priority in how we design our streets and buildings.

Speakers:

- Upali Nanda, Principal and Director of Research for HKS, Associate Professor at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan
- Takeesha White, Acting Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Andrew Brown, Associate Director of Research at Van Alen Institute
- Jonathan Pichot, Product Manager and Developer at NYC Planning Labs
- Jorge Hernandez, Program Manager at the NYC Department of City Planning
- Ivelyse Andino, Founder and CEO of Radical Health
- Gary Belkin, Founder and President of Billion Minds Institute

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Pratt Institute

Higgins Hall 61 St James Pl

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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