November 11-12, 2022 Affordable Housing Technologies and Sustainable Innovation Communities. UN Habitat Urban Thinkers Campus at Cornell Tech in New York City. Hybrid event.

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UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Program)

World Urban Campaign (WUC) Urban Thinkers Campus; and UNDRR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) Learning Lab; Global Urban Development (GUD), Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU), and Cornell Tech

New York City, November 11-12, 2022

Friday, November 11:  Location– Cornell Tech

8:00 am – 8:45 am – Welcome remarks by:

Michael Samuelian, FAIA, AICP, Founding Director, Urban Tech Hub, Cornell Tech;

Theodore Liebman, FAIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman, GUD Senior Fellow and New York Coordinator, and CSU Board Member;

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, CSU President, and GUD Senior Fellow;

Jane Katz, GUD Vice Chair and Washington Coordinator, UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee Member, and Urban Representative, UNDRR/Sendai Stakeholder Engagement Advisory Group;

Dr. Marc Weiss, GUD Chairman and CEO;

Chris Williams, Director, UN-Habitat New York Office.

8:45 am – 9:30 am — Opening Plenary

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director Emeritus, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and GUD Advisory Board Member (33-minute video about “Bauhaus Earth“: the Urban Built Environment as a Carbon Sink); and Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, Founder and Creative Director, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) (11-minute TED talk)

9:30 am – 11:00 am — Roundtable on New Technologies, Materials, and Methods

Moderator: Dr. Marc Weiss


Dr. Banning Garrett, GUD Vice Chair and Berlin Coordinator;

Vlada Kenniff, Senior Vice President for Sustainability, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA);

Sam Ruben, Co-Founder and Senior Sustainability Advisor, Mighty Buildings, and GUD Senior Fellow;

Michael Blanford, Research Engineer, Affordable Housing Research and Technology, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD);

Mark Reed, Founder, Contact Fund;

David Smith, Founder and CEO, Affordable Housing Institute;

11:00 am – 12:30 pm — Roundtable on Sustainable Innovation Communities

Moderator: Lance Jay Brown


Jane Katz;

Theodore Liebman;

Sri Husnaini Sofjan, Senior Program Administrator and Strategist, Huairou Commission, Co-Chair, UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee, and GUD Advisory Board Member; and Shorai Chitongo, Programs Officer, Huairou Commission;

Edgar Westerhof, Vice President and North American Adaptation Solution Lead, Arcadis;

Peter Cavaluzzi, FAIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman;

Dr. Marc Weiss

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm — Lunch Plenary and Urban Lab hosted by Shibumi International

Moderator: Nicholas Billotti, Managing Director, Shibumi International, and GUD Senior Fellow;

Keynote Speaker: Jean-Daniel Kuhn, Co-Founder and Managing Director, XtreeE, and GUD Senior Fellow.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Roundtable on Policy, Financial, Legal, and Regulatory Challenges

Moderator: Jane Katz


Olivia Caldwell Nielsen, Associate Principal, Miyamoto International, and GUD Fellow;

Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy , Global Director, Policy and Investments, Resilient Cities Network, and GUD Advisory Board Member;

Brian McLaughlin, President, Enterprise Community Development, and President, Community Development Division, Enterprise Community Partners;

Sam Ruben;

Judy L. Baker, Global Lead, Urban Poverty and Housing, and Lead Economist, Urban Africa; World Bank (invited);

Dr. Edmundo Werna, Associate Professor of Construction, Property, and Surveying, London South Bank University, and GUD Advisory Board Member (invited);

3:30 – 4:15 pm — Roundtable on Sustainable Housing Design

Moderator: Theodore Liebman


Emily Billheimer, Sustainability Project Manager, Socotec, and GUD Fellow;

Lois Arena, PE, Director, Passive House Services, Steven Winter Associates (invited);

Wids DeLaCour – Principal, DeLaCour, Ferrara, and Church Architects (DFCA)

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm — Urban Thinkers Session and Closing Plenary

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm — Urban Lab — Walking Tour of Roosevelt Island affordable housing led by Theodore Liebman

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – No-host Reception at Cornell Tech

Saturday, November 12: Location — Brooklyn

11:00 am – 4:00 pm — Urban Lab tour of Brooklyn examples of affordable housing technologies –Visit to development site(s) led by Peter Bafitis, AIA, Managing Principal, RKTB Architects; and potential visit to the Pratt Institute’s Consortium for Research & Robotics (CRR) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.