Planning and Designing the WTC Public Realm
You'll learn about:
Public realm design and planning
Coordination among diverse public and private interest groups
Integrating security into public spaces
Tour the World Trade Center's impressive outdoor built environment. The project comprised the reconstruction of streets, a 25,000-square-foot transit hub plaza, a 1.5-acre rooftop garden, and a variety of vehicular and pedestrian security measures within the "Ground Zero" neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. The tour focuses on the outdoor public space that unifies and completes a 16-acre redevelopment project that includes a national memorial and museum, five world-class skyscrapers, a performing arts center, a regional multi-modal transportation hub, and a state-of-the-art vehicle security center. Learn how planners built consensus with diverse community, agency, and real estate stakeholders over the course of project planning. Hear how designers integrated urban design elements relating to pedestrian movement, transport, security, and retail environments into a cohesive public realm.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerBrandon has over ten years of experience shaping conceptual ideas into reality for both public and private clients. Currently, Brandon serves as the Technical Director for the Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Studio at AECOM's New York City office. He has strong technical and intellectual leadership skills that are used daily in his role at AECOM, and he has proven to be an effective communicator and liaison between design team members, sub-consultants, contractors, and clients.
, The Port Authority of NY and NJ
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerCarla Bonacci, Assistant Director of World Trade Center Construction, with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has contributed to development of The World Trade Center continuously for nearly 30 years. In the aftermath of 9/11, she led the Port Authority’s coordination of the WTC Site Master Plan and its associated design guidelines and criteria; and has since been responsible for implementing a wide-ranging portfolio of public space and infrastructure projects. Carla is a project executive who has successfully delivered construction programs including the WTC’s Liberty Park and streetscape. The breadth and depth of Carla’s experience and expertise as a planner, architect, and executive manager with the World Trade Center, has been essential in shaping, configuring and building the pragmatic functions of a multi-use facility, while maintaining world-class standards and vision for the World Trade Center complex that was and is a regional and national symbol.