World Café is an innovative “group-sourcing” practice, enabling successive small groups to focus on aspects of a particular problem or issue. A topic is broken into sub-questions, each addressed at one table in the “café”; after a set period of small-group conversation, participants move to a different table, where each moderator summarizes the previous conversation and opens a new discussion. Through multiple rounds, each component part of an issue is thoroughly aired—and each participant has an opportunity to address different questions.
In the afternoon, a group of highly innovative architects, artists, and entrepreneurs brought together by the Architectural League and the New Museum will lead World Café sessions on how the themes of the Festival—the Heterogeneous City, the Networked City, the Reconfigured City, and the Sustainable City—can take form in specific ideas and proposals for the New City.
Session leaders are:
Director of The Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Benjamin is also the Principal of the architecture practice the Living.
Artist and Professor at Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., Blum lectures frequently on the relation between art, architecture and public space. She has designed social sculptures for permanent and temporary projects internationally.
Director of The Center for Architecture (CASE), Science, and Ecology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dyson is currently directing multidisciplinary research for on-site energy generation.
Co-founder of Planetary ONE and Terreform ONE, Joachim is a Clinical Associate Professor of Architecture, urban Planning and Sustainable Design at NYU’s Gallatin School.
Assistant Professor Adjunct at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union, Kallipoliti is a practicing architect, engineer, and theorist. She is the founder of Eco Redux, an innovative archival and design resource.
Founder and Director of Superfront, McEwen is dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of radical contemporary architecture. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia’s Graduate GSAPP.
Founder and Editor of the journal Future Anterior, Otero-Pailos created this first American peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the state of historic preservation. He teaches courses such as the Theory and Practice of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s GSAPP.
Roo is a serial entrepreneur with five successful startups currently in the marketplace. He is currently the director of Redscout Ventures. He has a combination of operational and venture capital expertise and works across multiple consumer sectors, including media, transportation, and beverages. Roo has a BA from Columbia College and a Masters in Economics from University College London. Roo sits on the board of two nonprofits: Médecins du Monde UK and The Bronx Community Charter School. Roo currently resides in New York City.
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