The Future of Public Space in NYC

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Book cover of "Why Public Space Matters" by Setha Low and headshots of four panelists
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Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


This program is offered as both an in-person and livestream event. Choose one:




Part of what makes New York City great is its beloved public spaces. In her book Why Public Space Matters, Setha Low shows how thriving public spaces enhance creativity, health, urban resilience, and environmental sustainability; yet more than ever, these spaces are threatened by urban development, privatization, and neglect. Drawing on these insights, an expert panel envisions ways to make New York City more equitable through innovative approaches to its parks, plazas, waterways, and sidewalks. David Burney, director of the Urban Placemaking and Management program at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, moderates a discussion featuring Susan M. Donoghue, commissioner, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation; Erik Kulleseid, commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and Setha Low, distinguished professor at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Weekday visitors to the Graduate Center’s 365 Fifth Avenue campus no longer have to show proof of vaccination or negative PCR tests at the lobby desk. They just need to show a government-issued picture ID and sign in at the security desk. To enter the Graduate Center, CUNY students, faculty, and staff are required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination through the Cleared4 platform. Please see Building Entry Policy for more information.

A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

Please contact Jimmy Cok at in advance for CART services or any additional accessibility requests or concerns for in-person events.​ This event will be livestreamed, and closed captions will be provided.