Urban Consortium Events
Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design
AMPS Conference 2021
June 16–18, 2021
Virtual / New York. City Tech, CUNY
The premise of this conference is that the city is a site of interconnected problems. No single issue dominates its needs. No single discipline has the answers to its questions. As a result, the range of issues we deal with is vast. Urban designers are developing new models of settlement planning to address housing needs. Architects are renovating ever more existing buildings. Infrastructure designers are developing faster modes of transportation. Planners are demanding lower C02 emissions from industry. Health professionals are rethinking movement in the city. Policy makers are addressing grass-roots demands for regional governance.
In looking at the city as a site of such inherent interdisciplinarity, the conference venue offers insights. New York is a city of over 8 million people. It has an affordable housing problem, . . . is threatened by rising sea levels, . . . is the site for the United States’ most iconic historic buildings, . . . is at the forefront of the healthy city agenda today, . . . knows the pressures of displacement and migration, . . . is a city for the wealthiest elites in the world, . . . exhibits poverty, social exclusion and periodic cultural tensions.
In this place, as in cites the world over, none of the issues that vex the metropolis are isolated, and none of their factors, consequences or responses are limited to single disciplines.
June 30, 2020: Early abstracts.
February Bronx Talks
This event happened on February 24
Campbell Multipurpose Rm | Rose Hill
The Rose Hill Honors Program presents the next Bronx Talks:
- 2 / 24 – South Bronx Battles: A Conversation
- Author of the recently published South Bronx Battles: Stories of Resistance, Resilience and Renewal, Carolyn McLaughlin will discuss her book, her work as past Director of Bronx Works and as a social worker in the Bronx for over fifty years.
- A Festive reception will follow this event.
Learn more about the Rose Hill Honors Program.
Fordham Urban Law Journal Spring Symposium
This event happened on February 14, 2020
Fordham Law School | Lincoln Center Campus
The 2020 Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium is titled “Urban Cities and Accessibility.” The Symposium will provide a forum to discuss and address how disability and accessibility are considered in the design of cities, both through urban planning and incorporation of technology. With panels addressing the history and future of relevant law, urban planning, the role of smart cities, and the impact of inaccessible urban cities, the Symposium promises to be a diverse conversation on the challenges, possibilities, and future of accessible urban cities.
- 9:30 – 10 a.m. | Check-In
- 10 – 10:05 a.m. | Welcome Remarks
- 10:05 – 10:55 a.m. | History and Hope for the Future
- Professor Samuel Bagenstos
Frank G. Millard Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School
- Professor Elizabeth Emens
Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
Columbia Law School
- 10:45 – 11:10 a.m. | Break
- 11:10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Urban Planning and Accessibility
- Commissioner Victor Calise
Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office
for People with Disabilities
- Professor Robin Paul Malloy
E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law
Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Syracuse University College of Law
- Professor Michael Ashley Stein
Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability
Harvard Law School
- Professor Nicholas Dagen Bloom
Professor of Urban Policy and Planning
- 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | Lunch
- 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. | Technology and Accessibility
- John Blascovich
Chair, Board of Directors of the Matthew Foundation
The Matthew Foundation
- Professor Christopher Buccafusco
Director, Intellectual Property & Information Law Program
- Rebecca Rodgers, Esq.
Disability Rights Advocates
- 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | Break
- 3:30 – 5 p.m. | The Impact of Inaccessible Urban Cities
- Professor Mariette Bates
Academic Director, Disability Studies Program
CUNY School of Professional Studies
- Ruth Lowenkron, Esq.
Director, Disability Justice Program
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
- Professor Jessica Roberts
Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute
Leonard Childs Professor in Law
University of Houston Law Center
- Selma Sulejman
Graduate Scholar, Master of Arts and Master of Disability Studies
The CUNY School of Professional Studies
- 5 – 5:10 p.m. | Closing Remarks
NYCDH Week 2020
February 3–7, 2020
Fordham University | Lincoln Center Campus
All Week Long, All Over NYC
NYCDH Week 2020 begins on February 3 with a kickoff gathering at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus (113 W. 60th St., 12th Floor). This year's theme is History and Representation of Communities Across New York City. The afternoon-long event features speakers, round tables, lightning talks, and networking sessions.
This keynote speaker for this year’s kickoff event will be Matt Knutzen, Linda May Uris Director, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions at the New York Public Library.
The rest of the week will consist of a diverse selection of free workshops, demos, and events hosted at a wide range of institutions across the city, including:
Bard Graduate Center, Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, Fordham University (check out Shawn Hill's workshop!), Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), New York Public Library, NYU, Pace University, Pratt Institute, and The Frick Collection.
See the schedule at nycdh.org.
Mapping (In)Justice Symposium
digital theory + praxis for critical scholarship
This event happened on November 7–9, 2019
Fordham University | Lincoln Center Campus
from mappinginjustice.org: This symposium creates space for critically considering digital mapping as both a method and an object of analysis. Specifically, we invite submissions that analyze or utilize spatial media so as to rethink and re-present distributions of capital, power, and privilege in historical, contemporary, and speculative contexts.
We center “mapping” as an organizing theme for understanding and engaging social (in)justice because of its expanding role in literally and metaphorically arranging contemporary life. The everyday adoption of new spatial media—such as web-based mapping platforms, geosocial applications, and locative data—increasingly orient how society understands the past, experiences the present, and plans for the future. To map social justice and injustice is to consider how spatial media can help draw together dichotomies such as medium/method, art/science, and ontology/epistemology so as to trace, represent, and rework matters of inequity. This symposium thus encourages submissions that explore structural inequities in or through spatial media, especially as they relate to matters of difference—such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, and religion. We also encourage submissions that utilize digital mapping to spatially represent historically marginalized perspectives through empirical, textual, archival, participatory, and/or pedagogical methods.
Learn more at mappinginjustice.org.
- “Torn Apart / Separados” Presented by Dr. Alex Gil, Columbia University
- “Participatory Mapping with the Morris Justice Project” Presented by Dr. Brett Stoudt, John Jay College / CUNY Graduate Center
BIDs in NYC Panel Talk
NYC's Business Improvement Districts: Contributions and Critiques
This event happened on Wednesday, October 30
Fordham University | Rose Hill Campus
about the panelists:
- Abe Unger is Associate Professor of Government & Politics at Wagner University, author of Business Improvement Districts: Private Government and Public Consequences (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2016), and a visiting scholar at Fordham.
- Rob Walsh is the Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships at Manhattan College, former executive director of the 14th Street-Union Square Business Improvement District, the Commissioner of Small Business Services during the Bloomberg administration, host of "The Bottom Line For Small Business" on 1010 WINS, and teaches at Columbia University, School of Public and International Affairs.
- Paul Kantor is the former President of the APSA Urban Politics Section, a visiting research professor at the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies, and is currently on the advisory board of the European Urban Research Association. He is the author of The Dependent City (1998) and The Dependent City Revisited (1995), co-author of Cities in the International Marketplace (2003), winner of the Best Book in Urban Politics Award, and Struggling Giants: City-Region Governance in London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo (2012).
from Abe Unger's Business Improvement Districts (2016):
Privatization has transformed cities, particularly through the role of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the revitalization of America’s downtowns. These public-private partnerships between property owners and municipal government have developed retail strips across the United States into lifestyle and commercial hubs. BIDs are non-profit community organizations with the public power to tax and spend on services in their districts, but they are unelected bodies often operating in the shadows of local government. They work as agents of economic development, but are they democratic? What can we learn from BIDs about the accountability of public-private partnerships, and how they impact our lives as citizens?
Read the undergraduate reports
The Power of Place
This event happened on October 29, 2019
The New School | Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall
The India China Institute will host a reception for the book launch of The Power of Place: Contentious Politics in Twentieth-Century Shanghai and Bombay, written by Mark Frazier, co-director of ICI.
The reception will include remarks by Jonathan Bach, Professor of Global Studies at NSSR; Lei Ping, Assistant Professor of China Studies and Coordinator of Chinese and Korean Studies at TNS; Vyjayanthi Rao, Director of Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research and lecturer in the Urban Design Program at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York; and Rosemary Wakeman, Professor of History and Coordinator of University Urban Initiatives at Fordham University.
Sixth Annual International and Comparative Urban Law Conference
This event happened on July 11–12, 2019
University of New South Wales Law School Sydney, Australia
Since 2014, the Urban Law Center's annual Conference has welcomed leading scholars from a range of urban law perspectives to present their research. Now in its sixth year, the Conference will build on this tradition, again providing a dynamic forum for legal scholars from around the globe to share diverse international, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the intersection of cities and law.