Planning and Designing the WTC Public Realm

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CM | 2.50
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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.



Brandon Cappellari , AECOM , New York , NY (see bio)
Carla Bonacci , The Port Authority of NY and NJ , New York , NY (see bio)