2014 / Re-Imagining the Civic Commons

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2014 / Re-Imagining the Civic Commons

Carol Coletta, Vice President for Community and National Initiatives, Knight Foundation

Mary W. Rowe, Director, Urban Resilience and Livability: The Municipal Art Society of New York (NY)

Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY Studio

In urban environments around the world, the importance of a shared civic commons is crucial to creating livable, safe and democratic spaces where people’s needs and aspirations can be met. What are the new opportunities for libraries to catalyze new partnerships and shared approaches with institutions, with the private sector, with community groups, local media, the entrepreneurial community, etc.? This session will engage participants in an interactive process to describe the civic assets in their cities, their challenges and opportunities and to explore new forms of shared spaces that meet current and future needs. The session discussion will contribute to a national inquiry underway to “Re-Imagine the Civic Commons,” funded by the Knight Foundation.

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Speaker Bio

Carol Coletta
VP, Community and National Initiatives
Knight Foundation (US)

Carol Coletta, who joined Knight Foundation in 2013, is an expert on the development of cities.

Coletta was Director of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the United States. ArtPlace brings together leading private foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, other federal agencies and major banks. For 7 years, Coletta was President and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and also ran a Memphis-based public affairs consulting firm, Coletta & Company, focused on civic issues.

Twitter: @ccoletta

Mary W. Rowe
Director
Urban Resilience and Livability: The Municipal Art Society of New York (NY)

Mary Rowe is currently Director, Urban Resilience and Livability at Municipal Art Society of New York City (www.mas.org), one of the country’s oldest and most successful advocacy organizations, working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Current initiatives include Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, supported by the Knight Foundation, to explore the ever-changing uses of shared places – civic assets including libraries, community centers, settlement houses and public spaces – in contemporary cities, that enhance their value, ensure their sustainability and contribute to creating successful cities. Mary also coordinates the MAS CityBuilders Global Network, a peer-to-peer learning platform connecting urban practitioners to the livability and resilience of cities around the world.

Twitter: @Rowemw

Claire Weisz  FAIA 
Principal
W X Y architecture + urban design (NY)

Claire Weisz is an architect and urbanist. She is a founding principal of WXY, an award-winning practice based in New York City whose work focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures and cities. WXY has received the League Prize and an Emerging Voices Prize in 2011, in addition to numerous design and planning awards from, among others, the AIA and APA. Her recent and ongoing work includes the redesign of The Drawing Center; The Brooklyn Tech Triangle, a study of Brooklyn’s growing tech culture; The East River Blueway Plan, “Blue Dunes”, a HUD Rebuild by Design project; and the renovation of Jefferson Market Library. She is Chief Curator for the Municipal Art Society's Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative, funded by the Knight Foundation. 

Twitter: @WXYStudio

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