Beyond Resilience

Actions for a Just Metropolis

New Orleans, Ninth Ward, after Hurricane Katrina, courtesy George Frantz Cataclysmic events across North America and throughout the world such as Hurricane Sandy lay bare the ongoing crises in low-income communities: unemployment, foreclosures, homelessness, and service cutbacks. During the storm, historic patterns of racial discrimination isolated the most vulnerable while wealthier, better-connected residents had the privilege of mobility. Traditional planning is partially responsible for these injustices. However, community-based organizations and activist networks are mobilizing, networking, and filling the gaps left by the failure of local and federal responses. This organizing continues beyond simple resilience, toward building a more just collective future.


Join us June 6-8 in New York City for a progressive, practice-based planning conference that explores these alternatives to urban development and planning practice. At this conference, planners, architects, designers, activists, and neighborhood advocates come together to exchange ideas and perspectives to promote alternative, more sustainable, and just ways of preserving and developing the metropolis. For the full registration fee, you'll experience:

  • Thursday night screening of the acclaimed documentary, “My Brooklyn,” and a discussion with the filmmaker.
  • On Friday, a dialogue and tours with communtiy groups and residents at your choice of mobile community workshops.
  • A Friday night kick-off party at Pratt Brooklyn’s historic Higgins Hall--a celebration of justice and action!
  • A full Saturday of diverse conference panels, interactive workshops, and plenaries.
  • The conference will wrap up Saturday evening with a performance by the dynamic Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping.

Featured speakers include:

  • John Davis, Burlington Associates
  • Mindy Fullilove, NY State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University
  • Rachel LaForest, Right to the City Alliance
  • Erminia Maricato, University of São Paolo
  • Peter Marcuse, Columbia University
  • Marla Nelson, University of New Orleans
  • Miguel Robles-Durán, Parsons/New School
  • Tony Schuman, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Aixa Torres, Smith Houses Resident Association
  • And dozens more!


Header photo and Coney Island photos courtesy Rebecca Crimins. New Orleans Ward 9 after Katrina courtesy George Frantz.

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