The Planning and Urban Design Committee monthly meetings include a Salon component to activate exchange and dialogue. Currently, the Committee’s Salon features guest speakers invested in co-creating and/or advocating for Healthy Cities and Places around the world; each with intrinsically localized methodologies and dynamic community-oriented solutions. The assembly of diverse global perspectives offers an opportunity for sharing unique approaches which collectively express the role of planning and urban design across an evolving profession shaped by the growing imperatives of contemporary urbanism.

Healthy Hospital Streets
Magali Thomson, Placemaking Project Lead, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Healthy Public Spaces
Alexa Gonzales, Founder, Hive Public Space, New York

People Made Precincts
Heinz von Ekartsberg, Urban Design Lead, Woods Bagot; VP, Urban Design Forum, Melbourne

Tooling: NYC Zoning and Land Use for Advocacy
Wilson Parry, Co-founder, PropertyScout, New York

Transforming the Public Realm in Indian Cities
Mansi Sahu, Mahesh Waghdhare, Sarfaraz Momin, Co-founders, StudioPOD, Mumbai

Healthy Cities: the Value of Public Spaces (Rescheduled)
Lay Bee Yap, Department Head, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore

Urban Design and Economic Development
Betsy Daniel, AIA, LEED GA, Neighborhood Strategies, NYCEDC

Tooling: Using Augmented Reality to Drive Inclusive City Development
Dana Chermesh, Founder & CEO, inCitu

Designing for Wellness     1 LU/HSW
Sreoshy Banerjea, Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission
Jenna E. Miller, Director, Urban Design & Policy, NYC Public Design Commission

Barcelona: Green Strategies for a Vibrant and Healthier City      1 LU/HSW
Nuria Widmann, W2 Studio, UFM Arquitectura, University of Innsbruck
Cynthia Echave, PhD, Architect, Department of Research and Universities, Government of Catalonia

Designing Collective Space for Healthy Cities     1 LU/HSW
Maarten van Tuijl, Founder, Temp.architecture.urbanism; Lead Expert, EU URBACT, Author, The Flexible City: Solutions for a Circular and Climate Adaptive Europe

Battery Park City Resiliency Projects     1 LU/HSW
Kimberlae Saul, AIA, AVP Planning and Design, Battery Park City Authority


Guest speakers to be posted as confirmed. Check back for updates.