Josep Lluís Sert: Footprint on Roosevelt Island

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Cornell Tech

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This workshop is part of Smart Cities New York 2019. Once you register to SCNY ‘19, use the code you received in your confirmation email to register for any of our workshops. You cannot sign up for workshops without registering for Smart Cities New York 2019.

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In 1947, building on proposals formulated by the C.I.A.M., Josep Lluís Sert produced a blueprint for reform. The title was an alarming Can Our Cities Survive?, but the subtitle was a more reassuring An ABC of Urban problems, their analysis, their solutions. This deeply democratic document contends that the only remedy for city dwellers’ unhappiness is for “the average man to become aware what a reduced form of life he is obliged to lead because of the present state of our cities.” This entailed a focus on neighborhoods and on four principles: dwellings, work, recreation, and transportation. To quote Sert, “Considered on its smallest scale, the neighborhood unit would be composed of the dwellings required to house a sufficient number of people to support an elementary school." Sert also built two high-density housing projects on Roosevelt Island, allowing our workshop to focus on urban planning on the smallest scale.

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Mary Ann Newman, Director and founder of the Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S.

Mary Ann Newman is the Director and founder of the Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S. The Farragut Fund considers architecture and urban design to be a hallmark of Catalan culture, which has left a legacy in the U.S. It has organized programs in the U.S. on Guastavino, Gaudí, and Barcelona urban planning, in collaboration with AIA-NY, MoMA, and the Museum of the City of New York, and is now planning a series of events on the legacy of J. L. Sert.

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