Infrastructure and Emergency Powers Workshop, Michigan

In collaboration with the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and Louise Seamster at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this conversation took on some of the issues presented in an affiliated Thursday evening Emergency Management panel in Detroit, considering Emergency Management as not only a local but also a national project, which engages with systems of infrastructure, government, and culture at multiple scales. 

 
Schedule:

9:30 — Coffee

10:00 — EMERGENCIES

  • Curt Guyette, ACLU of Michigan
  • Tom Stephens, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management
  • Juanita Henry, Benton Harbor City Commissioner


10:30 — Discussion

11:15 — HISTORIES

  • June Manning Thomas, The University of Michigan 
  • Peter Hammer, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Wayne State School of Law
  • Dana Kornberg, The University of Michigan


11:45 — Discussion

2:00 — SYSTEMS

  • The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University
  • Danielle Purifoy, Duke University
  • Tawana Petty, Petty Propolis


2:30 — Discussion 

3:15 — Full Group Discussion 

4:00 — Conclusion

The Green New Deal: A Public Assembly

 

On Sunday, November 17, 2019, at the Queens Museum, “The Green New Deal: A Public Assembly” gathered a wide array of advocates, organizers, and elected officials to explore the GND’s relationship to society, policy, and the built environment.

Climate change is a crisis of unevenly experienced and systemic injustices that asks hard questions of scholars, practitioners, and community members alike. The Green New Deal—most famously as drafted in US H. Res. 109 and S. Res. 59, but echoed by elected officials and activists around the world—addresses these questions head-on, linking equity, the environment, and the economy to the transformations necessitated by the climate crisis.

“The Green New Deal: A Public Assembly” focused on modeling democratic debates that seriously consider the ambitions and challenges of the GND by thinking systemically and across scales. The public event included morning workshops and an afternoon series of discussions to encourage exchange among invited guests representing a range of disciplines as well as the general public. Spanish interpretation services was provided for the afternoon assembly, beginning at 1:00pm.

Located at the Queens Museum—home of the Panorama of the City of New York and in the heart of the nation's most diverse borough—“The Green New Deal: A Public Assembly” took place within US Congressional District NY 14, jurisdiction of the GND Resolution’s sponsor Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who joined the assembly with a pre-recorded video.

 

 

The representative from D-14, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, responded to three questions posed to all event participants.

The event was organized by the Queens Museum, the American Institute of Architects New York (AIA New York), The Architecture Lobby, Francisco J. Casablanca (¿Quién Nos Representa?), and Gabriel Hernández Solano (GND Organizer), together with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. At the Buell Center, “The Green New Deal: A Public Assembly” forms part of the project “Power: Infrastructure in America,” within which the Center is organizing a series of research, curricular, and programming initiatives to consider the social, technical, and political contours of the ambitious— but still largely undefined—proposal.

Schedule 

10:00 Welcome / Bienvenida
10:30–12:00 Workshops / Talleres
1:00 Welcome (back) / Segunda Bienvenida

  • Language Justice Orientation, Caracol
  • Land Acknowledgment, Tecumseh Caesar
  • Debra Wimpfheimer, Chief Operating Officer, Queens Museum

1:15 On a Green New Deal / Sobre un Green New Deal

  • Randy Abreu, Office of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

2:00 On Energy and Power / Sobre energía y poder
Presentation by morning discussion group

  • Samantha Josaphat (National Organization of Minority Architects)
  • Forrest Meggers (Architecture and Engineering, Princeton University)
  • Priya Mulgaonkar (New York City Environmental Justice Alliance)
  • Matt Peterson (Woodbine)
  • Anandi A. Premlall (Educator in Urban Permaculture; SustyQ)
  • Gaya Sriskanthan (Climate, Energy, and Environmental Justice Advocate)
  • Sean Sweeney (Labor and Urban Studies, City University of New York)
  • Claudia Zamora Valencia (New Immigrant Community Empowerment)

2:20 Remarks by Costa Constantinides (City Council, 22nd CD)
2:30 Public Discussion
3:00 On Transportation and Power / Sobre transportación y poder
Presentation by morning discussion group

  • Ellis Calvin (Regional Plan Association)
  • Jon Forster (Policy Advocate, Organized Labor)
  • Oscar Oliver Didier (New York City Department of City Planning, The Bronx)
  • Leah Meisterlin (Planning, Columbia University)
  • Juan Restrepo (Transportation Alternatives Queens)
  • Jennifer Scarlott (Bronx Climate Justice North)

3:20 Remarks by Catalina Cruz (State Assembly, 39th AD)
3:30 Public Discussion
4:15 On Government and Power / Sobre gobierno y poder
Presentation by morning discussion group:

  • Xiye Bastida (Fridays for Future)
  • Tecumseh Ceaser (Artist and Cultural Consultant)
  • Ama Francis (Sabin Center, Columbia University)
  • Diana Hernández (Public Health, Columbia University)
  • Aurash Khawarzad (Artist, Educator, Urban Planner)
  • Monxo Lopez (South Bronx Unite)

4:35 Remarks by Jessica Ramos (State Senator, 13th SD)
4:45 Public Discussion
5:15 Concluding remarks and discussion / Conclusión, comentarios y discusiones
6:00 Reception / Recepción

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“The Green New Deal: Una Asamblea Pública” convocó una selección amplia de especialistas, organizadores, y oficiales elegidos para explorar la relación entre el "Green New Deal," la sociedad, la política, y el ambiente construido.

El cambio climático, siendo una crisis desigual y de injusticias sistemáticas, es un desafío lleno de interrogantes, tanto para académicos, profesionales, y miembros de la comunidad por igual. El Green New Deal—mejor conocido por su redacción en US H. Res. 109 y S. Res. 59, y que resuena con los oficiales elegidos y activistas alrededor del mundo—aborda esas preguntas de una forma directa, enlazando la equidad, el medio ambiente, y la economía a las transformaciones necesarias para enfrentar crisis climática.

“The Green New Deal: Una Asamblea Pública” se enfocó en modelar debates democráticos que consideran seriamente las ambiciones y los retos del GND, pensando sistemáticamente y en varias escalas. Este evento público incluyó talleres de trabajo en la mañana, en la tarde y una serie de discusiones para fomentar un intercambio productivo entre los invitados de distintas disciplinas y el público general. Se proveyó servicios de interpretación en español para la asamblea de la tarde, comenzando a las 13:00.

Al estar ubicado en el Museo de Queens—situado en el corazón del distrito más diverso del país y donde podemos encontrar la maqueta “Panorama of the City of New York”—“The Green New Deal: Una Asamblea Pública” se llevó a cabo dentro del Distrito NY 14 del Congreso de los Estados Unidos, jurisdicción de la patrocinadora de la Resolución del GND, la Representante Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, quien se unió a la discusión por un video pre-grabado (arriba).

Este evento estuvo organizado por el Museo de Queens, el Instituto Americano de Arquitectos de Nueva York (AIANY), el Lobby de Arquitectura, Francisco J. Casablanca (¿Quién Nos Representa?), y Gabriel Hernández Solano (Organizador del GND), en conjunto con el Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture en Columbia University. En el Buell Center, “The Green New Deal: Una Asamblea Pública” forma parte del proyecto “Power: Infrastructure in America” (Poder: Infraestructura en América), dentro del cual el Centro está organizando una serie de iniciativas curriculares, investigativas, y programáticas que consideran los entornos sociales, técnicos, y políticos de una propuesta ambiciosa, pero en gran parte indefinida.

Horario arriba

"Green New Deal: Public Assembly" (Corey Torpie)

"Green New Deal: Public Assembly" (Corey Torpie)

"Green New Deal: Public Assembly" begins around a Panorama of the City of New York (Corey Torpie)

"Green New Deal: Public Assembly" begins around a Panorama of the City of New York (Corey Torpie)

Xiye Bastida participates in the "Democracy and Power" workshop (Claudia Kleffmann)

Xiye Bastida participates in the "Democracy and Power" workshop (Claudia Kleffmann)

Workshop participants taking notes alongside "The Green New Deal: Assembled Annotations" (Claudia Kleffmann)

Workshop participants taking notes alongside "The Green New Deal: Assembled Annotations" (Claudia Kleffmann)

Charcol Language Cooperative gives a language justice orientation (Claudia Kleffmann)

Charcol Language Cooperative gives a language justice orientation (Claudia Kleffmann)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses the audience (Claudia Kleffmann)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses the audience (Claudia Kleffmann)

Andy Abreu discusses a Green New Deal (Corey Torpie)

Andy Abreu discusses a Green New Deal (Corey Torpie)

Priya Mulgaonkar on "Energy and Power" (Claudia Kleffmann)

Priya Mulgaonkar on "Energy and Power" (Claudia Kleffmann)

Leah Meisterlin discusses "Transportation and Power" (Claudia Kleffmann)

Leah Meisterlin discusses "Transportation and Power" (Claudia Kleffmann)

Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz on "Transportation and Power" (Corey Torpie)

Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz on "Transportation and Power" (Corey Torpie)

"Government and Power" (Corey Torpie)

"Government and Power" (Corey Torpie)

A green circle partially shown on the right side of the page abuts white text on a purple background reading: "The Green New Deal: A Public Assembly; November 17th, 2019, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, New York"

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Climate, Infrastructure, and Emergency Powers Workshop

On Friday, April 13, 2018 the Buell Center hosted a workshop on "Climate, Infrastructure, and Emergency Powers" as a part of its "Power: Infrastructure in America" research initiative. Recognizing the necessity for emergency preparedness under constitutional democracy, one can nonetheless observe that infrastructural crises associated with climate-related events have increasingly become the basis for the suspension or undermining of democratic institutions and the dramatic reshaping of environments, as in the case of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and possibly Houston after Hurricane Harvey, among others. Invited workshop guests discussed this and related ecological, spatial, and political issues across disciplines, as well as intellectual and institutional strategies for studying these processes and drawing greater public attention to their implications. 

Participants included: Fallon Samuels Aidoo (University of New Orleans), Daniel A. Barber (University of Pennsylvania), David Bond (Bennington College), Ashley Dawson(Princeton Environmental Institute), Anthony Fontenot (Woodbury University), Andy Horowitz (Tulane University), Andrea Muehlebach (University of Toronto), Cassandra ShepardAlbert Pope (Rice University), and Abby Spinak (Harvard University).