Urbanism and Architecture Conferences Happening in New York This October

Written By Shwetha Ravishankar | October 09, 2013
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New York City has always had a host of urban challenges on its plate, and everyone from our Mayor, developers, engineers, and urban experts have been there to offer newer, smarter solutions each time. October in New York City is all set to be one of those urban brainstorming months, when all the big-wigs of the urban development community are brought together on one platform, at the four different urbanism conferences that are taking place.

1. CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges, October 6-8

The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg will be hosting the “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges”, a summit bringing together an impressive array of 300 global city leaders. The attendees include mayors, urban theorists, architects, scholars, artists, and many more. The agenda of the three-day event will focus on issues regarding economic development, sustainability and the environment, in addition to redevelopment and urban infrastructure. For live streaming of the main stage events and the full schedule of events, click here. To join in the discussion, you can use #CityLab.

2. The International Downtown Association’s World Congress and Annual Meeting, October 6-9

The IDA World Congress driven by the new conference format, is hosting the World Congress and 59th Annual Meeting in New York City. The conference will bring together around 700 downtown urban district leaders from North America and eleven additional countries. The focus of the conference is to explore the problem of urban district development and share some ideas and practices that will help in the growth of towns and cities. New growth data from over 150 downtown districts across America will be revealed, giving attendees an opportunity to learn more about urban development. On-site registrations can be made, since online registrations are now closed.  

3. TEDxNYIT’s Meta Resiliency, Oct 10

TEDCity 2.0 just concluded last week, for those of you who missed the event, TEDxNYIT is back this week. Hosting the Meta Resiliency, a forum that will have the visionaries, thinkers, and activists to talk about the concept of resilience. Apart from discussing the strong response of New Yorkers following the massive destruction of Hurricane Sandy, the conference will also use this as an instance to explore the resilience of the human spirit, by bringing in best practices from around the globe. Tickets to the conference can be purchased online until October 8th.

4. 2013 MAS Summit for NYC, October 17-18

The Municipal Arts Society is hosting its fourth annual MAS Summit for New York City, happening at the Lincoln Center this year. The theme of the event will be innovation and leadership, with special focus on the fields of design and infrastructure, arts and cultural development, and preservation. The event is expected to bring on a 100 speakers over the course of two days, who will be discussing ways to build a city for New Yorkers that is not only globally competitive, but also socially, environmentally, and economically resilient. To register click here.

Apart from these urbanism conferences, the Tribeca Cinemas is hosting the 2013 Architecture & Design Film Festival from October 16-20. This film festival will be feturing twenty-five films, across fifteen different programs. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office and online at the Architecture & Design Film Festival website.

We sign off with the Archtober event, which is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, a month long festival of architecture, activities, programs, exhibitions and more, that will be happening all October.


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