Reimagining Broadway: Union Square to Columbus Circle
You'll learn about:
Biking and Pedestrian Design
Public Space Management
Broadway, between Columbus Circle to Union Square, serves as a vital commercial corridor and is a major tourist destination with several important landmarks mixed in with world a renowned theater district. DOT is in the middle of implementing a multi-year transformation of Broadway from a vehicular thoroughfare to a livable and vibrant corridor designed for all street users. This tour will take you through one of the densest part of New York City, where visitors will see how DOT initially transformed Broadway using temporary materials that laid the ground work for permanent change. From the Crossroads of the World to Macy’s in Herald Square, the tour will also include visits to pedestrian plazas that have been fully realized through multi-million dollar capital projects and to plazas that are currently in the capital planning stage. We will also explore specific design elements, and discuss initial and ongoing challenges for the project including public space management.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerEmily Weidenhof received her B. Arch from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. in Arch & Urban Design from Columbia University. She has researched and edited two publications with The Earth Institute at Columbia University on the potential impacts of natural gas extraction in the Upper Delaware and on strategies for maintaining sustainable agriculture in the Catskill Region. Emily has worked as an Architect and Urban Designer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York including the NYC Department of City Planning on projects ranging from renewable energy metrics to the integration of a charter school into a NYCHA development. She has researched and lectured on the importance of open space in the chawls in Dharavi in Mumbai, India and the role of streets and public space in preserving cultural heritage in rapidly developing Asian cities such as Hong Kong. She was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's GSAPP, teaching with the MSAUD Summer Studio from 2009 to 2013. Emily is currently the Director of Public Space at NYC DOT working closely with community groups throughout the five boroughs to re-imagine their streets as public space.
, New York City Department of Transportation
Confirmed SpeakerSean Quinn, Senior Director, NYCDOT Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Sean has over ten years of pedestrian and bicycle planning, design, and implementation experience in New York and New Jersey. Over the past nine years at NYC DOT he has worked on projects which redesigned city streets with an eye toward safety, mobility, and economic development. In his current role he oversees a staff of planners, engineers, and urban designers all working toward improving the bicycle and pedestrian network throughout the city as well as enhancing the public realm through the development of plazas and streetscape amenities. Sean graduated from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University in 2007 with a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning.