in the Public Realm
Planning for the Future: Integrating Art & Architecture into a Digital Cultural Landscape
July 26th, 2011

Center for Architecture, New York City

Presented by AIA NY (Planning & Urban design committee), cultureNOW

This symposium will talk about the future, about how mapping and digital technologies are being used to integrate art and architecture into city plans that incorporate cultural assets, historical preservation, infrastructure, and sustainability to create vibrant communities. Pittsburgh has recently introduced Plan PGH, its gameplan for growth which addresses these issues. Long term planning typically has a horizon of about 25- 40 years. But, perhaps we should take a longer perspective and really address the thousand year plan. How do we plan for 3011? Albuquerque is a visionary in this regard; our colleagues will share their visions as they plan cultural tourism for future visitors from distant galaxies. Where will they stay? How much will they spend? What will they see?

Jason Kambitsis,
Senior Planner of the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
Sherri Bruggeman
, Manager, City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program
Alexandros E. Washburn, AIA, Chief Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning

Bill Menking
, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Architect's Newspaper

Sherri Brueggemann is a third generation native New Mexican and a 25 year arts administration veteran. She is the Manager of the Public Art Urban Enhancement Program, a division of the Cultural Services Department for the City of Albuquerque. Sherri was a founding member of the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network and served on the PAN Council from 2000-2002. She is also a Professor of Practice at the University of New Mexico's College of Fine Arts and has worked as a fine art serigrapher, gallery director, special events coordinator, and board member for numerous arts, cultural and civic non-profit organizations in the Southwest. She served on the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Arts & Cultural Industries Economic Impact Study and the Downtown Arts & Cultural District Steering Committees. Her current efforts include developing cultural policy for the creative cultural ecology of Albuquerque and New Mexico.

Jason Kambitsis is a senior planner for the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning. His roles include project manager for DESIGNPGH, Pittsburgh's first urban design comprehensive plan, member of the Pittsburgh Sustainability Commission, and overseeing the planning and development efforts for Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Jason is also a freelance journalist with work published by Wired, CNN, ABC and others. When Jason is not busy planning you can find him in his backyard throwing ball to his dog Rita with his wife Katie and son Kris.

William Menking, is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Architect's Newspaper. Published in New York, California and Chicago the papers highlight the latest design projects and commissions, unfolding politics and debate, current events and cultural developments on architecture, urban design and planning. He has organized, curated and created catalogues for exhibitions on architecture for venues in the U.S. and Europe including; Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974, Superstudio Life Without Object's and FRAC Orleans: Experimental Architecture 1964-2000. He was the commissioner and curator of the United States pavilion at the 2008 Venice biennale which was also staged in New York and Philadelphia.

Alexandros E. Washburn, AIA is the Chief Urban Designer of the City of New York, Department of City Planning. He is a professional architect whose approach to urban design combines ecology and urbanism. He has an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and practiced as an architect in Washington, DC, before joining the Capitol Hill staff of the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In 1996, he founded the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation, now known as the Moynihan Station Development Corporation. In 2000, he taught the Design of Infrastructure at Princeton University and in 2001 became a partner of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in New York City. In 2007, he joined the Bloomberg administration as Chief Urban Designer at the Department of City Planning. From individual buildings to the most complex infrastructure projects, he judges success in urban design from the point of view of the pedestrian. Alex lives with his family in Red Hook, Brooklyn and is currently writing a book, The Nature of Urban Design.