Conversations on the City 2020

What is the city…What processes does it further: what functions does it perform: what purpose does it fulfill?

Lewis Mumford
The City in History

Open House New York invites you to join us for an ongoing series of conversations about the enduring value of cities at a moment of uncertainty about the future of urban life.

Cities have been called humanity’s greatest invention. They are hubs of creativity and innovation, repositories of memory and culture. But from their inception, cities have always had to reconcile the vitality that comes with people living in close proximity with the threats to public health and safety that shadow dense urban environments. The contemporary city that we live in today is the outcome of millennia of design adaptions and solutions and the city that we are creating will be our legacy for future New Yorkers.

In a series of conversations with leading experts and thinkers from a wide array of disciplines, OHNY will explore 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. Each conversation is organized around a broad theme, but all will explore the abiding joy of living an urban life. Our hope is that they will help us all better understand the moment we are living in right now and begin to shape ways of thinking about what New York’s future might look like in the months and years ahead.

The first cycle of what will be an ongoing series concluded on July 8. After a short hiatus, the series will return later this summer. Check back here for updates and additional speakers or sign up to receive our newsletter and receive updates via email.

Join us live
All Conversations on the City are free and open to the public and will be hosted live on GoToWebinar. It works best with Google Chrome and connects viewers to the webinar from their browsers. You can also watch on your phone or tablet using the GoToWebinar app available in the app store. View more tips.

Watch later
A recording of each live discussion will be available on this page on the same evening at about 8 pm.

Open House New York is an AIA CES Provider. AIA members can receive 1 LU | HSW for each live program.