Vishaan Chakrabarti: Architecture and the Public Metropolis

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Clarence S. Stein Lecture Series

Using concepts from his 2013 book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), Vishaan Chakrabarti '88 will propose a renewed humanist metropolitan agenda for design influenced by the structuralist movement embodied in the work of Team 10, Aldo Van Eyck, and Kevin Lynch, but transformed in response to three central challenges facing cities today: climate change, social inequity, and technological advancement. Chakrabarti will show projects from his New York City studio as exemplars of this new agenda, including his award-winning proposal for Penn Station.

Chakrabarti is a registered architect and founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, and associate professor of practice at Columbia University. He has been a guest on the Charlie Rose show, NPR, and CNN. From 2012 to 2015, Chakrabarti was a principal at SHoP Architects, where his projects included the master plan and first building at the Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was founding director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia, which focused on the role urban development could play in promoting greater sustainability, groundbreaking design, and shared prosperity. Chakrabarti served under Michael Bloomberg as director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning, where he successfully collaborated on now-realized efforts to save the High Line, rezone Hudson Yards, extend the number 7 subway line, rebuild the East River waterfront, and reincorporate the street grid at the World Trade Center site after 9/11. Chakrabarti holds an M.Arch. from University of California–Berkeley, an M.C.P. from MIT, and undergraduate degrees in art history and engineering from Cornell University.