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Streets for Continuity

July 14th, 2022
6:00pm - 9:00pm
HLW Architects (Floor 5)
5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY, USA

Julia develops projects across design, policy, and strategy, focusing on creating public spaces where people can engage with and shape their cities. As a Director at Gehl, she develops multi-sector partnerships that highlight the power of place to impact health and wellbeing and supports urban leaders in ensuring people are visible and heard in the city-making process.

Yadiel Rivera-Diaz is a Partner and lead of the landscape architecture practice at Marvel, where he has been managing open space, master plans and landscape projects. He has over 13 years of experience as a landscape architect and three as an architect, designing open public spaces in the United States, Puerto Rico and abroad.

Emily Weidenhof is the Director of Public Space at NYC DOT working closely with community organizations throughout the five boroughs to transform their streets as public space. Her focus for over a decade has been the role of the public realm in strengthening communities from plazas and shared streets to retooling the curb lane and innovative programming and concessions. Most recently Emily lead on the creation of pandemic response programs to support neighborhoods and businesses citywide including Open Restaurants and Open Streets.

Join us for drinks and a discussion to celebrate the conclusion of our Streets Ahead roundtables.

New York has shown that streets can be vibrant public spaces, with new outdoor classrooms, restaurants, yoga studios and community centers lining our Right of Way. However, only the most well-resourced neighborhoods are able to activate their streets and meet their growing maintenance needs. Following two years of successful Open Streets programming, the City has an important opportunity to create a comprehensive network of corridors and a new design, governance and maintenance strategy for our streets.

We will hear bold new proposals from Streets Ahead Continuity Working Group members Yadiel Rivera and Julia Day, along with NYC DOT’s Emily Weidenhof before launching into an interactive discussion.

How can streets build connected communities?

Guest & Safety Policies 

To secure a safe environment, we will ask for guests to provide proof of vaccination and to wear masks while not eating or drinking.

We are committed to providing access and accommodations to our programs. If you would like to request remote access to our event, kindly indicate in your RSVP at least 72 hours in advance of the program, and our team will follow up with accommodations.

Continuing Education 

Urban Design Forum is now an AIA CES provider. If there are other continuing education credits you are interested in receiving from the Urban Design Forum, please contact Miranda Bellizia, Director of Member Engagement, miranda@urbandesignforum.org. This program is AIA CES approved.

About Streets Ahead 

Streets Ahead is a year-long effort advancing ideas and proposals to envision a more vibrant, equitable streetscape. Streets for Continuity is the final roundtable event marking the launch of Urban Design Forum’s new platform of ideas, Streets Ahead: Five Routes to a Thriving City.

To learn more about getting involved at the Forum, please contact Miranda Bellizia, Director of Member Engagement, mirand@urbandesignforum.org

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