The following event is eligible for extra credit. You must attend and do a brief write-up.
Chaos vs. Order: The New Face of Astor Place
Friday, Feb. 10 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the Gehl Institute invite you to join us for a discussion on the past, present, and future of Manhattan’s Astor Place and public plazas in New York City. This event will take a critical look at the neighborhood improvements and its benefits to society, with a panel including Andy Wiley Schwartz, William Kelley, Florent Morellet, moderated by Lisa Chamberlain.
Astor Place, located at the cultural and historic center of New York’s East Village, recently received a major facelift and new pedestrian plaza. For many community advocates, the redesign constitutes an important win in a decades long struggle for improvements. But critics of the new space decry the improvements for their sanitizing effect. Can new urban spaces that receive capital funding ever meet community expectations for delivering a thriving place? Can a balance be struck between messy chaos and sterile control when making significant improvements to neighborhoods?