Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Hon. AIA, Director Emeritus of the Pratt Center for Community Development. Professor at Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.

Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter.

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, City College of New York, CUNY. Coauthor of Urban Design for an Urban Century (2010) and Planning and Design Workbook for Community Participation (1970).

Lynne Elizabeth, Founder and Director of New Village Press. Coeditor of What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs (2010), Works of Heart: Building Village through the Arts (2006), and Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods (2000).


Anastassia Fisyak, Master’s Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute; Urban Planning Fellow, Pratt Center for Community Development.

Anusha Venkataraman, Assistant Director, El Puente Green Light District.

Book Foreword

Michael Kimmelman, chief architecture critic of the New York Times and a contributor to the New York Review of Books. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and author of The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa (2006) and Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere (1998).

Contributing Authors

Roland V. Anglin, director of Rutgers University’s Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. Author of Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development (2010) and coeditor of Resilience and Opportunity (2011) and Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America (2010).

Caron Atlas, director of the Arts & Democracy Project, codirector of the Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group (NOCD-NY), and editor of Bridge Conversations: People who Live and Work in Multiple Worlds and Critical Perspectives: Writings on Art and Civic Dialogue. She teaches at New York University and Pratt Institute.

Thomas Balsley, FASLA, principal designer of Thomas Balsley Associates.

Terri Baltimore, vice president of Neighborhood Development at the Hill House Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and director of the Hill House Community Collaborative.

Shirin Barghi, Iranian journalist, photographer, and soon-to-be graduate of New York University.

Marshall Berman, distinguished professor of political science at the City College of New York. Books include The Politics of Authenticity: Radical Individualism and the Emergence of Modern Society (2009), On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square (2009), and the groundbreaking All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity (1988).

Julian Brash, assistant professor of cultural anthropology, geography, and interdisciplinary urban studies at Montclair State University. Author of Bloomberg’s New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City (2011).

Wendy E. Brawer, designer, social innovator, consultant, and public educator. Included among the 50 Visionaries Changing Your World by UTNE Reader.

Paul Broches, FAIA, partner of Mitchell-Giurgola.

Carlton Brown, chief operating officer of Full Spectrum, New York.

David Burney, first architect to hold the title of commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction.

Brennan S. Cavanaugh, photographer and member of the Occupy Wall Street Sustainability Working Group, Occupy Wall Street Photo Team, and the direct action environmental group Time’s Up!.

Susan Chin, executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space. Vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a former president of the AIA New York Chapter.

Alexander Cooper, FAIA, founding partner of the New York City architecture and design firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners.

Arthur Eisenberg, legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. He has been involved in more than twenty cases presented to the US Supreme Court.

Karen A. Franck, professor and director of the PhD program in urban systems in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Coedited Loose Space: Possibility and Diversity in Urban Life (2007).

Michael Freedman-Schnapp, New York City Council Member Brad Lander’s director of policy.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, professor of clinical sociomedical sciences and clinical psychiatry at Columbia University. Previous books include Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It (2004) and House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place (2002). Her forthcoming title Urban Alchemy will be released in 2013 by New Village Press.

Gan Golan, activist artist and coauthor/illustrator of New York Times bestselling book Goodnight Bush (2008).

Jeffrey Hou, ASLA, associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington. Editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and coauthor of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (2009).

Te-Sheng Huang, licensed architect from Taiwan and currently enrolled in the Urban Systems Program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Lisa Keller, professor of history at Purchase College, State University of New York. Author of Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York and London (2010) and executive editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition (2010).

Brad Lander, elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and a founding cochair of the Progressive Caucus. Before his election, Lander led the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Fifth Avenue Committee.

Peter Marcuse, professor emeritus of urban planning at Columbia University. Coauthor of Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (November, 2011) and author of Searching for the Just City (July, 2011).

Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, principal at Rogers Marvel Architects.

Signe Nielsen, FASLA, principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects.

Michael Pyatok, FAIA, principal of Pyatok Architects, Inc.

Michael Rios, associate professor of environmental design at the University of California at Davis. Co-editor of Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities (2012).

Jonathan Rose, president and founder of Jonathan Rose Companies.

Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. Awarded the 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism by the Rockefeller Foundation for her success in increasing New Yorkers’ access to open public spaces.

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and visiting professor at the London School of Economics. Publications include Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblage (2006), The Global City (1991), and The Mobility of Labor and Capital (1988).

Paula Z. Segal, urban lawyer, advocate, and founder of 596 Acres.

Sadra Shahab, Iranian urban planner and civil rights activist based in New York City.

Benjamin Shepard, assistant professor of human service at New York School of Technology/City University of New York. Books include The Beach Beneath the Streets: Exclusion, Control, and Play in Public Space (2011), From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization (2002), and White Nights and Ascending Shadows: An Oral History of the San Francisco AIDS Epidemic (1997).

Gregory Smithsimon, assistant professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. Books include September 12: Community and Neighborhood Recovery at Ground Zero (2011) and The Beach Beneath the Streets: Exclusion, Control, and Play in Public Space (2011).

Michael Sorkin, distinguished professor of architecture and director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design, City College of New York. Books include All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities (2011), Twenty Minutes in Manhattan (2009), and the bestselling Variations on a Theme Park (1992).

Nikki Stern, author of Hope in Small Doses (2012) and Because I Say So: The Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority (2010).

Maya Wiley, founder and executive director of the Center for Social Inclusion.