Owner, Albanese Organization, Inc.
Rick Bell FAIA
Executive Director, AIA New York Chapter
Amanda M. Burden, FAICP
Chair, NYC Planning Commission
Formerly VP, Planning and Design, Battery Park City Authority (1983-1990)
Timothy S. Carey
Former President and CEO, Battery Park City Authority (1999-2005)
Michael De Chiara
Founding Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara
Alexander Cooper FAIA
Founding Partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Robert R. Douglass
Chief of Staff to Former Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller
Stanton Eckstut FAIA
Founding Principal, EE&K a Perkins Eastman company
Donald H. Elliott
Counsel, Bryant Burgher Jaffee LLP, Former Chair, NYC Planning Commission
Robert F. Fox Jr. AIA
Senior Partner, Cook+Fox Architects
Dennis H. Friedrich
President and Global Chief Investment Officer, Brookfield Office Properties
Martha J. Gallo
Chief Compliance Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Member of the Board, Battery Park City Authority
Jordan Gruzen FAIA
Partner, Gruzen Samton-IBI Group Architects
Thomas Hanrahan AIA
Founding Partner, Hanrahan Meyers Architects
Gayle M. Horwitz
President & CEO, Battery Park City Authority
David G. Marwell, PhD.
Museum Director & CEO, Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Jack S. Nyman, Director
The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, CUNY
Cesar Pelli FAIA, RIBA, JIA
Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Rafael Pelli AIA, LEED AP
Partner, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Vice President, Manhattanville Construction, Columbia University Facilities, Former President and CEO (1994-1996)
General Counsel (1988-1992), Battery Park City Authority
Brian Shea AIA
Partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Charles J. Urstadt
Founding Chairman & CEO, Battery Park City Authority (1968-1978),
Vice Chairman (1996-2010), Battery Park City Authority
Founder, Director, Curator, The Skyscraper Museum, New York and
Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Columbia University
John E. Zuccotti
Co-Chairman, Brookfield Office Properties
Formerly, President and CEO, Olympia & York Companies USA (1990-1996)
Lessons learned from one of the world’s most successful planned communities
May 31, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
SUBJECT: What does the future hold for this exceptional waterfront community? This conference explores this important question.
After more than 50 years of planning and development, Battery Park City – a 92-acre mixed-use community sited on landfill in Lower Manhattan – was completed this year. Guided by an innovative master plan that extended the New York City street grid into the neighborhood, Battery Park City is now fully built out, with 9.3 million sq. ft. of commercial space, 7.2 million sq. ft. of residential space, three schools, two museums, a marina and nearly 36 acres of parkland.
Once an abandoned waterfront replete with dilapidated piers, Battery Park City is now recognized globally as a model for successful large-scale planning efforts and environmentally responsible construction. Yet the project faced a number of major setbacks early on which threatened to stop the development in its tracks; and required quite a bit of political maneuvering from early champions who were able to salvage the project and build the foundation for its success.
The 2001 attack on the World Trade Center brought a whole new series of challenges as the neighborhood reeled from its proximity to Ground Zero, and the Battery Park City Authority balanced demands for greater security for its commercial tenants with helping its residents rebuild a community that had been affected like no other. Today, Battery Park City is home to over 12,000 residents and 40,000 office workers; and is visited by scores of New Yorkers and tourists who flock to its parks, open spaces and public programs.
What does the future hold for this exceptional waterfront community? Join us to hear from some of the visionary leaders, designers and creators from Battery Park City’s past, present and future.