Festival of Ideas: The Heterogeneous City Panel Discussion

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START: 1:00 PM May 5, 2011
END: 3:00 PM May 5, 2011


Join experts as they discuss New York as “The Heterogeneous City,” one of the four main themes of the Festival of Ideas. The heterogeneous city is the stimulating city: diverse complex, tolerant. The ideal heterogeneous city has a kind of dynamic equilibrium; the real one is frequently, if not constantly, involved in struggles over terrain and influence. A panel of activists, artists, and analysts discuss why heterogeneity is so crucial to great urbanism, what threatens it, and what it takes to sustain it.

Vito Acconci
Visual artist and performance pioneer Acconci has, since the late 1980s, turned his attention to architecture. His practice, Acconci Studio, is known for its rethinking of public space and the public responsibility of the built environment.

Jonathan Bowles
Director of the Center for an Urban Future, Bowles oversees a public policy organization that works to improve the overall health of New York City. He has written extensively on key economic trends, diversification, and the importance of small businesses to large cities.

Rosanne Haggerty
Recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award, Haggerty is the founder of Common Ground, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness in cities throughout the US. Common Ground operates and develops housing facilities across the country.

Suketu Mehta
Professor of Journalism at NYU, Mehta is the award-winning author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, an extraordinary historical portrait of “the biggest, fastest, richest city in India.” He is currently working on a nonfiction book on contemporary immigrants to New York City.

Moderator: Jonathan F.P. Rose
Founder of Rose Companies, a green real-estate development, planning, consulting, and investment firm, Rose also chairs the MTA’s Blue Ribbon Commission of Climate Change. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and Co-Chair of its Climate and Energy Committee.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchase online or in person at New Museum visitors desk during museum hours.

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