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  • World Urban Forum 2013

    The New School is participated in the World Urban Forum 6, which took place in Naples, Italy from September 1 to September 6, 2012.

    The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine the impact of rapid urbanization on communities, cities, economies, climate change, and policies. The Forum brings together participants from all over the world representing governments, academia, civil society, and the private sector as partners working for better cities. This year's central theme is The Urban Future.

    The New School's booth (#58) in Naples will feature rotating presentations on anticipating, interpreting, and planning for the urban future. The New School booth will also showcase our diverse urban programming and urban degrees available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    The New School World Forum Networking Event

    At The New School's Networking Event we presented our newest initiative, "Design and Development: Anticipating the Future of Bangkok, Buenos Aires, and New York." Produced in partnership with Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and the University of Buenos Aires, this ongoing research initiative uses cross-regional and multidisciplinary analysis to provide insight into urban challenges around the globe.

    Participants and Speakers

    The New School

    William Morrish

    Professor and Dean of the School of Constructed Environment, Parsons The new School for Design

    William Morrish is a nationally recognized urban designer whose practice encompasses interdisciplinary research on urban housing and infrastructure, collaborative publications on human settlement and community design, and educational programs exploring integrated design, which are applied to a wide range of innovative community based city projects. He is the author of Civilizing Terrains, and coauthored, Building for the Arts, Planning To Stay, and Growing Urban Habitats.

    Brian McGrath

    Associate Professor/Research Chair in Urban Design at Parsons and founder and principal of Urban-Interface, LLC

    Brian McGrath is the founder and principal of Urban-Interface, LLC, an urban design consulting practice that fuses expertise in architecture, ecology, and media. The firm combines new research in urban ecosystems and digital technologies to provide urban design models that engage local participants in flexible, innovative approaches to urban densification and revitalization. Current projects included partnerships with governmental agencies, private developers, and cultural institutions such as the USDA Forest Service, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, The Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Edison Properties, Tern Landing Development, the Ironbound Community Corporation, and the Skyscraper Museum. McGrath is also a principle researcher in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research, where he leads the urban design working group. His books and publications include: Digital Modeling for Urban Design and Transparent Cities, Sensing the 21st-Century City (co-edited by Grahame Shane), and Cinemetrics: Architectural Drawing Today (with Jean Gardner). McGrath served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Thailand in 1998-99 and an India China Institute Fellow in 2006-2008. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and his Masters of Architecture degree from Princeton University.

    Margarita Gutman

    Associate Professor of Urban Studies and International Affairs, and Director of Programs of the Observatory on Latin America (OLA), The New School; Profesora Consulta, Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires

    Margarita Gutman holds a doctorate and is an architect from the University of Buenos Aires. At the OLA/The New School she directs the President Nestor Kirchner Fellowship (PNKF) which is organized together with the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) of Argentina; and the Building Latin American Bicentennial Program. She also directed the Official Report of the Bicentennial celebrations in Argentina of 2010: "Paseo del Bicentenario. Celebrar en las Calles: Ser Parte de la Historia" prepared for the Office of the President of Argentina through an agreement with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, of the University of Buenos Aires (2010-2012).
    She was a Scholar at The Getty Research Institute and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Fellow at the International Center for Advanced Studies of New York University, and Senior Fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School.

    She has authored, co-authored or edited 14 books. Most recently she authored Buenos Aires: El Poder de la Anticipacion. Imagenes Itinerantes del futuro metropolitano en torno al Centenario (2011), and co-edited with Rita Molinos Construir Bicentenarios Latinoamericanos en la era de la globalizacion (2012). She also edited the award-winning Buenos Aires 1910: Memoria del Porvenir (Buenos Aires 1910: Memories of the World to Come) (1999), and Construir Bicentenarios: Argentina (Building Bicentennials: Argentina) (2005). Other publications include: Latin America on the Move. The Post Neo-liberal Transition (2007), co-edited with Michael Cohen, and Buenos Aires 2050: imágenes del futuro / decisiones del presente (Buenos Aires 2050: Images of the Future / Decisions of the Present) (2007) coedited with Horacio Caride. She is the co-author with the late Jorge Enrique Hardoy of Buenos Aires Historia Urbana del Área Metropolitana 1536 -2006 (Urban History of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, 1536-2006) (1992 and 2007).

    Michael Cohen

    Professor, Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs, and Director of The Observatory on Latin America (OLA), The New School

    Michael Cohen (PhD, University of Chicago) is Director of the International Affairs Program. Before coming to the New School in 2001, he was a Visiting Fellow of the International Center for Advanced Studies at New York University. From 1972 to 1999, he had a distinguished career at the World Bank. He was responsible for much of the urban policy development of the Bank over that period and, from 1994-1998, he served as the Senior Advisor to the Bank's Vice-President for Environmentally Sustainable Development. He has worked in over fifty countries and was heavily involved in the Bank's work on infrastructure, environment, and sustainable development. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Dynamics. He is the author or editor of several books, including most recentlyPreparing the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces (ed. with A. Garland, B. Ruble, and J. Tulchin), The Human Face of the Urban Environment (ed. with I. Serageldin), Urban Policy and Economic Development: An Agenda for the 1990s, and most recently, Argentina's Economic Growth and Recovery: The Economy in a Time of Default (Routledge, 2012)and an edited volume,The Global Economic Crisis in Latin America: Impacts and Response, (Routledge, 2012). Other publications include articles in 25 Years of Urban Development (Amersfoort, The Netherlands, 1998), Cities Fit for People (Kirdar, ed., 1996), The Brookings Review, Journal of the Society for the Study of Traditional Environments, International Social Science Review, Habitat International, and Finance and Development. He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, The Johns Hopkins University, and the School of Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning of the University of Buenos Aires.

    Bob Buckley

    Senior Fellow, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

    Bob Buckley is a Senior Fellow in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School. Previously he was an Advisor and Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, and Lead Economist at the World Bank. His work at both the Foundation and the Bank focused largely on issues relating to urbanization in developing countries. He is particularly interested in the policy issues related to slum formation and approaches to dealing with them. A good part of his past work has involved helping to prepare projects and grants related to these concerns. He has worked in more than 50 developing countries and has written widely on urbanization, housing, and development issues in the popular press such as The Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and in academic journals such as The Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Nature, The Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and Economic Development and Cultural Change. His most recent book, which he co-edited with Michael Spence and Patricia Annez is Urbanization and Economic Growth. He has also taught at Syracuse University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania, and served as the Chief Economist of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, was awarded a Regent's Fellowship at the University of California, and has been supported by the Marshall Fund, the Gates Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

    Mandy Goodgoll

    Coordinator of the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) at The New School

    Mandy Goodgoll is the Coordinator of the Observatory on Latin America at The New School. She earned her BA in International Development Studies with a minor in Business from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and her MA in International Affairs, concentrating in Urban Development, from The New School. Mandy has lived and worked in a number of countries including Argentina, where, in conjunction with the New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs International Field Placement, she worked with the national water company to monitor and analyze the ongoing environmental clean-up process in Buenos Aires' highly contaminated Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo. Most recently she worked in Kenya with UN-Habitat where she focused her research on governance and urban issues related to urban water and waste management.

    The University of Buenos Aires

    Adriana Clemente

    Vice-Dean, Professor and Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires

    Adriana Clemente is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires (2010-2014). She is a social worker specializing in social policies, and professor of graduate studies in Planning and Evaluation of Social Policies at the UBA and the National University of Tres de Febrero. She was Director of the School of Social Work (2000-04), co-director of the International Journal Medio Ambiente y Urbanización (IIED - AL), and she coordinated the Area of Urban Poverty at the IIED - AL (1998-07). As researcher at the System of Science and Technique – UBA since 1998, she directs projects related to urban problems and decentralization, with emphasis on the issues of habitat, poverty, and citizen participation. Adriana Clemente also directed the Official Report of the Bicentennial celebrations in Argentina of 2010: "Paseo del Bicentenario. Celebrar en las Calles: Ser Parte de la Historia," prepared for the Office of the President of Argentina through an agreement with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, of the University of Buenos Aires (2010-2012). She is the author of numerous publications related to her field of specialization.

    Ariel Misuraca

    Professor, General Secretary, Faculty of Architecture Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires, FADU, UBA

    Ariel is an architect and professor of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, at the University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). He currently holds the position of General Secretary (2006-2014) of the Faculty of Architecture Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires, FADU, UBA, and is a Researcher at the Institute of Human Spatiality, FADU, UBA. He received his Masters in Logic and Technique of Form, and is a Doctoral Candidate at FADU, UBA. Additionally, Ariel is the Director and Co-Director of UBACyT Projects (2003-2013). He is an Invited Professor at the Universities of Córdoba and Rosario. Ariel has co-authored several books, including Merodeando la forma, atravesamientos y tangencias (2007) and La Incógnita del Gran Buenos Aires (2000) and most recently Barrio 31, Carlos Mujica (2011),. Ariel also co-curated the exhibition and co-authored the books El Indiscreto Encanto de la Forma (2011), and Forma y Geometría, dialéctica de lo curvo y de lo recto (2003-2004).

    Juan Pablo Scaglia

    Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires and Coordinator of the Agreement of Technical Support in Design for Entrepreneurs, National Ministry of Social Development

    Juan Pablo Scaglia is an architect and Associate Professor at theFaculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires. Juan Pablo was also elected as the Graduate Senate Councilor, UBA, (2010-2011). He is also a Researcher at the Institute of Human Spatiality (IEH), FADU, UBA, and Director of the project Habitat at Risk,Challenge of Design Disciplines. He serves as Coordinator of the Contract of Technical Support in Design for Entrepreneurs of the Program Argentina works, National Ministry of Social Development, and as Co-Director of the Program of Inclusive Habitat (currently in development). Juan Pablo has a long career in public service, both at the national, provincial and municipal levels, always linked to the production and management of Habitat and social inclusion policies. He is the author of numerous publications, including the book he co-authored, Diseñando la inclusion, incluyendo el diseño. Aportes al territorio de convergencias entre el diseño y las ciencias sociales (2011).

    Carolina Mera

    Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires and Researcher at the National Committee of Sciences and Technology (CONICET)

    Carolina received her Bachelor of Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), a PhD in Anthropology and Urban Ethnology from de EHESS, Paris, France and a PhD in Social Sciences from UBA. Carolina is a Researcher at the National Committee of Sciences and Technology (CONICET) and at the Gino Germani Research Institute, where she has led the East Asian Studies Group since 2001. She was Fellow of SPPCF in Korea in 1998-99, after which she conducted several Research Projects on Korean and Asian Studies. Her current projects include issues related to "Intercultural Dialogues between China, Korea, Japan and Argentina", "International Migrations in Argentinian Cities", and "Asian Diasporas in Latin America." At the Faculty of Social Sciences, UBA, she was head of the Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research (2010-2012); she was Director of the Social Science Research Institute (2005-2009); and was the Director of the Masters Degree in Social Sciences' Research (2008-2010). She is author and editor of eight books, including Desafíos de la contemporaneidad: Corea- América Latina (2009), Relaciones Interculturales: experiencias y representación social de los migrantes (2005), La inmigración coreana en Buenos Aires. Multiculturalismo en el espacio urbano (1998).

    Ileana Versace

    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires and Coordinator of OLA Programs at FADU, UBA

    Ileana Versace is an architect at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). Currently, she is Assistant Professor of History of Architecture, FADU, UBA. Ileana is also the Director of the Research Project "Going to the Movies. The Movie Theaters in the Downtown and the Neighborhoods of Buenos Aires City, 1930-1960", a program supported by FADU, UBA; and Researcher of the Project "Latin American Bicentennials in Action: Marks of Commemorations in Cities and Architecture", supported by UBA. She was Coordinator of the Report "Paseo del Bicentenario", prepared for the Office of the President of Argentina through an agreement with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, of the University of Buenos Aires (2010-2012). Ileana was Editing Coordinator of the book Teatro Colón. Puesta en Valor y ActualizaciónTecnológica, produced by FADU, UBA and the Ministry of Urban Development, Buenos Aires City Government (not yet published). She is currently the Coordinator of The Observatory on Latin America's Programs at FADU, UBA.

    Mederico Faivre

    Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires

    Mederico Faivre is a Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the Universities of Buenos Aires, La Plata, Di Tella de los Andes de Colombia, and the School of Architecture ISTHMUS Panama. He integrates The Schools Advisory Jury and the Central Society of Architects and the FASA. Between 1999 and 2001, he chaired the Environmental Committee of the Central Society of Architects, Argentina. From 1986 to 1994, he was Secretary of Habitat of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires in charge of urban development in University City. Additionally, he advises Fundacion Ciudad in urban planning, environment, cost recovery, and development costs of the Rio de la Plata (Argentina). He was also a CONICET advisor, and since 1997, on the National Council of Science and Technology. Mederic Faivre's work is oriented towards environmental issues, asset recovery, and architectural innovation related to the management of scarce resources.

    Chulalongkorn University

    Scott Drake

    Visiting Associate Professor, International Program in Design and Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University

    Scott Drake is a Visiting Associate Professor in the International Program in Design and Architecture at Chulalongkorn University, and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. He lectures in the area of environmental design in architecture, focusing on aspects of human behavior in the built environment. Funded research projects include a study of thermal comfort conditions in mixed-mode spaces and user response to personal ventilation systems. His recent book, The Elements of Architecture: Principles of Environmental Performance in Buildings, was published by Earthscan Press.

    Pirasri Poyatong

    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University

    Pirasri Povatong is an architectural historian specializing in architecture and urbanism of Southeast Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries. Educated at Chulalongkorn University, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he currently teaches at the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University. Apart from design studios, he has also taught courses on history of Thai architecture, urbanism of Bangkok, and Southeast Asian architecture. In addition to his doctoral dissertation on 19th-century transformation of architecture and architectural practice in Siam, he has also published a number of books and articles, both in English and Thai, on historic buildings and sites in Thailand.

    Preechaya Sittipunt

    Program Director, International Program in Design and Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University

    Dr. Preechaya Sittipunt is the Program Director of INDA, the International Program in Design and Architecture, as well as a full-time faculty in the Department of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. She received a Bachelors of Architecture from Chulalongkorn University, a Masters degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on design and architectural education, design thinking, and inquiry.

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