Construction workers making repairs to steel work in large underground subway tunnel
July 8th, 2020
4:00PM - 4:45PM

A recording of this program is available. 


Open House New York invites you to a conversation with OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner and Kate Ascher, a leader in infrastructure, transportation, economic development, and real estate in New York and London. This conversation will explore the large-scale systems that power New York City and how investment in urban infrastructure is critical to the city’s recovery.

Ascher is also the author of several books on urban infrastructure and the delivery of municipal services, including The Works: Anatomy of a City (Penguin Books, 2007), a classic book about how cities work, as well as co-author of New York Rising (Monacelli Press, 2018), an illustrated anthology of New York City’s real estate and development history.

Ascher currently leads several large planning projects on behalf of BuroHappold’s Cities Group, which specializes in sustainable urban development. She typically works at the intersection of public and private sectors, planning and implementing urban infrastructure and development projects involving major financial, regulatory, organizational and political hurdles. She also serves as the Milstein Professor of Urban Development at Columbia University, where she teaches real estate, architecture, infrastructure, and urban planning courses.


This conversation is free and open to the public and will be hosted live on GoToWebinar. Register today to receive an access link to the live webinar and to be notified once a recording is available after the event.


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Conversations on the City 2020 is a series of conversations about the enduring value of cities at a moment of uncertainty about the future of urban life. Each conversation is organized around a broad theme, but all will explore the abiding joy of living an urban life–why cities continue to thrive, what propels them forward, and why our need for the human connection that cities make possible will always prevail over whatever challenges that may arise.