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. 

Upcoming Events

Renzo Piano on Designing an Inclusive City

December 11, 2019, 6:30pm - 8pm, The Forum Auditorium. Registration is required. Register with Eventbrite here.

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. Amale Andraos, the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, will introduce the event, which will include a presentation by Piano, a discussion between Piano and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, and an audience Q&A.

This event is co-presented with the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the School of the Arts.


Check-in will begin 45 minutes prior to start time. Online registration is required and seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis, early arrival is suggested.

Past Events

Lessons from Rebuild by Design with Shaun Donovan and Kate Orff

This event was held on September 17th, 2019. A recording of the event is available here.

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.

Sir David Adjaye OBE: On Urban Ethics

Followed by conversation with Dean Amale Andraos and Thelma Golden

This event was held on November 7th, 2019.

Co-presented with the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation and the School of the Arts

Adjaye, the award-winning architect and lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will give a lecture about how art, architecture and design can promote more ethically-minded cities. Following the talk, Adjaye will speak in conversation with Amale Andraos, Dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. With reflections on Adjaye’s own work, including the forthcoming new facility at the Studio Museum, they will discuss how socially-minded architecture in urban centers can draw together and lift up communities, encourage exchange and prompt recognition of underheard voices. This conversation will explore how architecture can promote inclusive, dignified outcomes, especially for cities’ most vulnerable communities.