The Forum at Columbia University

Columbia World Projects is pleased to announce our first public events for fall 2019. More details and further events will be announced soon. 

Lessons from Rebuild by Design with Shaun Donovan and Kate Orff

September 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm, The Forum

All guests must register to attend this event.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Obama administration launched Rebuild by Design, an innovative design and planning competition for projects that promote resilience in the face of climate change. This event brings together two people closely involved in this effort — Shaun Donovan, the former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; and Kate Orff, an Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP, the Director of GSAPP’s Urban Design Program, and the founder of SCAPE studio. They will discuss how we might design successful, inclusive urban planning interventions in an era of climate crisis.

Renzo Piano on Designing a Decent City

October 15th, 2019, evening, The Forum

Renzo Piano, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect behind the first new buildings on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus, will reflect on the role of architecture in creating more inclusive cities. Speaking at the Forum, one of his three Manhattanville buildings, he will discuss how architecture can create more open, permeable neighborhoods, provide arenas for cross-cutting exchanges and opportunities, and enrich civic life. Offering contemplations on democracy and participation alongside examples of his work, Piano will discuss how architecture can address particular needs, while also pointing toward models of thinking and doing that are more generalizable and dynamic.