URBAN DESIGN STUDIO II: The Regional Studio Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

URBAN DESIGN STUDIO II: The Regional Studio

Lectures/Mp3s [2010]

Heather Rogers
Journalist and author
Heather Rogers is a journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in Mother Jones, The Nation, and the New York Times Magazine.
Her first book, Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage (The New Press), traces the history and politics of household rubbish in the
United States. Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution, her forthcoming book (Scribner),
takes a critical, on-the-ground look at popular market-based solutions to ecological destruction. Rogers has spoken internationally on the
environmental effects of mass consumption. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Ah-Hyung Alissa Park
Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
Professor Park researches issues in energy, environmental engineering and particle technology. Three interrelated but distinct research
areas that she is currently pursuing are green liquid fuel technology, carbon capture and sequestration, and electrostatic phenomenon in
multiphase flow systems and electrostatic tomography. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Prof. Park received a Bachelor
of Applied Science with distinction and a Masters of Applied Science, both in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She received a PhD
degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Ohio State University.
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Eddie Bautista
Community organizer and urban planner
Eddie Bautista is an award-winning community organizer and urban planner. In February 2010, Eddie resigned as Director of the Mayor’s
Office of City Legislative Affairs to take the reins at NYC-EJA. The Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs is the Mayor’s local lobbying office
representing the Mayor and City agencies at the City Council, and serving as liaison between the Bloomberg Administration and the
Comptroller, Public Advocate and Borough Presidents. As Director, Eddie spearheaded efforts to pass several major pieces of legislation,
including: the City’s 20-year landmark Solid Waste Management Plan (which relied for the first time on principles of environmental justice
and borough equity); the creation of the first municipal brownfields remediation office in the nation; the required retrofit of all dieselpowered
school buses to reduce air pollution in bus cabins; and the Greater Greener Buildings Plan, the nation’s first comprehensive
package of legislation aimed at improving energy efficiency for large scale buildings. Eddie also facilitated meetings for policy advocates
with Administration officials on a range of legislative and regulatory initiatives such as PlaNYC 2030 (NYC’s environmental sustainability
plan, which has become an international model for large cities) and Mayoral Executive Order 120 of 2008, which for the first time called
for all City agencies to make services and documents available to immigrant New Yorkers in the top six languages spoken in the City.

Kate Zidar
Visiting Assistant Professor Pratt
Kate Zidar is an Environmental Planner with a professional focus on solid waste management, open space, urban agriculture and stormwater
management. Kate has become a vocal advocate for Green Infrastructure as a means to provide long-term environmental health
as well as reinvigorate our dwindling manufacturing employment base. Kate is active in projects throughout Greenpoint, Williamsburg
and Fort Greene. She serves as a board member of the Newtown Creek Alliance, where she works to strike a balance between waterfront
access, environmental health and economic development in and around the city’s most polluted waterway as well as one of it’s strongest
centers for manufacturing and industrial jobs. As a demonstration of her core belief that change starts right in her own backyard, Kate
founded the North Brooklyn Compost Project in McCarren Park in 2004. NBCP compost fuels backyards, food gardens, street trees and
parks throughout North Brooklyn. Last year, Kate collaborated with the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project, NYC Housing Authority and
resident gardeners at Ingersoll Houses on Myrtle Avenue to break ground on the Ingersoll Garden of Eden. Resident gardeners have activated
an underutilized plot within their development to grow flowers, native plants and vegetables.

Benjamin Miller
Environmental policy planner and author
Benjamin Miller’s work as an environmental policy planner has focused on the past, present, and future infrastructure of the New York
metropolitan region, particularly its solid waste management systems and freight transport networks. He has served as director of policy
planning for the New York City Department of Sanitation and deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination; is the
co-founder of CommunityCartography, Inc. (now part of Halcrow, Ltd.); and has taught or conducted research at NYU’s Draper Interdisciplinary
Master’s Program, Hunter College’s Graduate Planning Department, and Columbia’s Earth Engineering Center. He is currently
the senior research associate for freight programs at the University Transportation Research Center, Region 2. He has written articles on
infrastructural history and planning for scholarly and general publications and is the author of Fat of the Land: Garbage in New York, the
Last Two Hundred Years (Basic Books: 2000).

Margrethe Horlyck-Romanovsky
Urban public health
Ms. Horlyck-Romanovsky is a public health professional with a focus on food and health in the greater context of urban communities.
For the past ten years she has led the implementation and expansion of school-based nutrition education in low-income New York City
public schools, most recently as Director of Nutrition & Health Education at the Food Bank For New York City. Ms. Horlyck-Romanovsky
also plays a key role in facilitating citywide multidisciplinary partnerships coordinating community-based efforts to improve school meals,
connect regional agriculture with education and school meals and education; as well as expand opportunities for physical activity. Ms.
Horlyck-Romanovsky holds a BS in Nutrition and Home Economics from, Ankerhus Seminarium, Denmark and a Masters of Urban Public
Health, Nutrition from Hunter College. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health.

Juliette Spertus
Architect and Curator
Juliette Spertus is an architect, writer and curator. Her work focuses on the relationship between architecture and infrastructure and
the possibilities for public space. Fast Trash is her first infrastructure exhibition. She previously worked as a project architect for Michielli
Wyetzner Architects in New York and as a designer at Utile, Inc. in Boston. She completed a BA in art history at Williams College and received
her professional architecture degree from l’Ecole d’Architecture des Villes et des Térritoires à Marne-la-vallée near Paris, France.

Carlo Ratti
Director MIT Senseable City Lab
Carlo F. Ratti is an Italian architect and engineer who practices in Torino, Italy, and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), USA, where he directs the MIT Senseable City Lab.
Ratti grew up in several European countries, graduating in engineering at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, France, and
at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He later earned his MPhil and PhD degrees in architecture from the University of Cambridge, UK. In
2000 he moved to MIT as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow, working with Hiroshi Ishii at the MIT Media Lab.
In 2002 Ratti established the design office carlorattiassociati – Walter Nicolino and Carlo Ratti in Torino, Italy. The office was selected at
the 2004 Venice Biennale as one of the top Italian practices. In May 2007 the office presented a design for a pavilion featuring walls made
of “digital water” at the entrance to the 2008 International Exhibition in Zaragoza, Spain. Their Digital Water Pavilion, chosen by TIME
Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of 2007, was unveiled at its official opening on June 12, 2008, at Expo 2008.
During Milan’s Fashion Week in April 2008, the office introduced their “glass-and-green” extension to the Trussardi Cafe, in collaboration
with French botanist Patrick Blanc.
In 2004, Ratti established the MIT Senseable City Lab, an MIT research group that explores the “real-time city” by studying the increasing
deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics, and their relationship to the built environment. In February 2008 the SENSEable
City Lab presented an installation at the MoMA in New York as part of the exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind.” Called NYTE — the
New York Talk Exchange—the project illustrates the global exchange of information in real-time by visualizing volumes of long-distance
telephone and Internet data flowing between New York and cities around the world.

Manuel Mansylla
Trash patch and La Fantastica
Manuel has always felt a strong passion for Nature and a deep connection with the oceans. As an independent artist and designer, his
work has been defined by a firm commitment of antiestablishment, promoting the use of re-claimed, recycled and repurposed materials
as an answer to unsustainable practices. As an environmental advocate his work revolves around calling into question contemporary
lifestyles that now threaten our living environment. For the past years he has been devoted to the remediation of the world’s single-useplastics-
over-consumption.
Manuel Mansylla aka manman made his artistic debut in 2003 with his solo exhibit ‘Proyecto de Reciclaje No. 2’. Winner of the most
prestigious contemporary art competition for up-and-coming artist in Guatemala [his country of origin]. This project was the first of many
projects working with salvaged, reclaimed or repurposed materials; a trademark in the artists work. His art and design work have been
featured in many design and architecture magazines, shown on television and featured in various newspapers.

Dennis Maher
Architect and Artist
Dennis Maher, a native of Baltimore, Maryland who worked in the construction and demolition industry before studying architecture at
Cornell University, has taught in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Buffalo since 2004. Over the past
five years, Maher’s practice has investigated the post-industrial landscape of Buffalo. Maher’s work engages us on two levels—his use of
discarded building materials illustrate the flood of waste and abandonment in Rust Belt America, but his painterly and sculptural treatment
of these materials suggest the potential for renewal and environments yet to be envisioned emerge. Maher’s hybrid constructions
ask us to consider the notion of decay as an intermediate phase before new growth.

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