5:30pm EDT September 26

City Scripts Symposia Series: “Stretchy Cities”

This year’s symposium, “Stretchy Cities” features presentations by leading experts and discussion among local office-holders and the audience concerning regional urban government and a “stretched” urban landscape. The symposium will specifically examine the public conversation in the Syracuse area on developing and managing the diffuse built environment.

Questions driving the symposium include: What are the most pressing governance issues involved in an increasingly complex and varied urban landscape and how does it affect the spatial dispersion of the built environment? Are fundamental reforms needed to accommodate a new regional urban reality, or should there be an emphasis on bolstering local authority and the preservation of a classic urban core?

“Stretchy Cities” continues the public deliberation on governance and planning in Syracuse, but also offers a constructive reference point for other North American metropolitan areas as they engage in similar discussions on their future political and spatial composition. 

The symposium is the fifth in the interdisciplinary City Scripts series, which examines the intersections of public policy, economics, and spatial practice.


David Owen
Staff Writer, The New Yorker; author of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability

Roger Keil
Professor of Environmental Studies and research chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies at York University; author of Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from Outside In


Khalid Bey
City of Syracuse councilor at-large and president pro tempore

Edward M. Michalenko, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Town of DeWitt; President, Onondaga Environmental Institute


Mary Anne Ocampo
Principal, Sasaki Associates, Boston; Lecturer of Urban Design in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The City Scripts symposia series and accompanying website are made possible by a unique partnership between the School of Architecture and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The partners believe their collaboration will insure that policy and design are at the forefront when confronting the challenges facing cities in the United States and around the world. The goal of the symposia is to create an ongoing, interdisciplinary and applied dialogue that reaches beyond the university and, ultimately, influences both policy and design. The website extends the life and impact of the symposia, creating a dynamic resource open to a global audience.

The “Stretchy Cities” symposium is curated by Syracuse Architecture associate professors Elizabeth Kamell and Lawrence Davis, undergraduate chair; Carol Faulkner, Maxwell School professor of history and associate dean; and Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute within the Maxwell School.

The City Scripts series is co-sponsored by Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and the Campbell Public Affairs Institute within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and funded in part by the Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant program.