POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The history and future of World Trade Center redevelopment planning will be discussed by Vassar's architectural history professor Nicholas Adams, and Bloomberg administration official Andrew Winters, the former vice president and director of planning, design, and development at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, on Thursday, March 27, at 5:00pm, in the second floor auditorium of Students' Building. This live conversation is the first of two upcoming "Redeveloping the World Trade Center" events to be presented by the Urban Studies program, and both will be free and open to the public.
On the following Thursday, April 3, at 5:00pm, in Room 200 of Rockefeller Hall, a panel discussion will explore related architectural, media, and policy issues, including matters raised during the previous week's conversation with Andrew Winters. Together, according to Urban Studies chair and sociologist Leonard Nevarez, "The two events will address recent developments and unfolding debates in the redesign and rebuilding of the World Trade Center area in downtown New York City. The events cover the crucial aspects of this project – planning, architecture, policy, media, the Ground Zero building site, and neighborhood stakeholders."
Andrew Winters now serves in the office of Daniel Doctoroff, New York City's deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding. Nicholas Adams is the Mary Conover Mellon Professor in the History of Architecture at Vassar. The April 3 panel discussion will include Hilary Ballon, a Professor of Architectural History at New York University, as well as Vassar colleagues Lisa Brawley, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and Professor of Geography Brian Godfrey.
At a later date, Vassar students currently enrolled in the courses "Introduction to Urban Studies," "Urban Geography," and "Architecture of the Modern World" will visit the World Trade Center redevelopment site: for a tour by Vassar alumnus Matthew Postal, an architectural historian at the Municipal Arts Society, as well as for discussions with neighborhood stakeholders who have challenged the closed deliberations and overall redevelopment planning process.