Who gets to be where? Like it or not, policies, practices, and physical artifacts are used by planners, lawmakers, developers, real estate brokers, community activists, and others to restrict or foster access to the spaces of our cities and suburbs. In May, the Albany Roundtable will welcome urban planner and educator Daniel D’Oca as Visiting Speaker to discuss “Race, Place, Power & Privilege.”
Daniel D’Oca, principal and co-founder of the New York City-based architecture, planning, and research firm Interboro Partners, and Associate Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss tactics for making cities more equitable and inclusive at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
The event is open to the public, and will be held at the Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The meeting will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series, the presentation of the Good Patroon Award, the presentation the Albany Roundtable Scholarship for Civic Leadership, and a talk by the Visiting Speaker. Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar.
With Interboro Partners, Daniel has won many awards for participatory, place-based planning and design projects that combine intensive community engagement, in-depth analysis, and innovative design thinking. These awards include the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Award, and the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award. Interboro’s work has been published and exhibited widely, including features in The New York Times, Architecture Magazine, and Metropolis. Interboro’s book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion is an encyclopedia about accessibility and the built environment that was published in 2017. A limited number of the books will be available for sale and signing for $30.
At Harvard, Daniel teaches interdisciplinary studio-based courses that invite students to work with community organizations to help build more equitable and inclusive neighborhoods. Recent courses have looked at refugee resettlement, fair housing, and age-friendly design.
“The Albany Roundtable has fostered civic engagement across disciplines – and over lunch – since it was founded in 1979,” said Christopher Burke, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. “We convene our monthly luncheon meetings so people from around the region and from all walks of life can gather to hear speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects. We hope our annual meeting’s Visiting Speaker challenges people to reject outdated ways of looking at the places and spaces that surround us, and embrace new tools to develop the cities of the future.”
Major sponsors for the event are the Capital District Transportation Committee and Architecture+, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity/Capital District with additional support from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.
AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm. AICP members must be in attendance for the duration of the event in order to receive CM Credit.
The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Dr. Larry Paska, executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies; Matt Tomasulo, “Chief Instigator” behind Walk [Your City]; Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy: Finding Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities; Kaid Benfield (People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities); Jeff Speck (Walkable City); John Norquist (CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism); Janet Flammang (The Taste for Civilization); Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), Jaime Correa (planner, architect and professor at the University of Miami) and others.