5:30pm EDT September 26, 2019

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 examine the intersections of public policy, economics and urban space.

Experts, local officials and the audience will consider the most pressing governance issues involved in an increasingly complex and varied urban landscape, the government’s impact on the built environment, and whether to preserve the classic urban core and local authority or accommodate a new regional urban reality.

“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
Critic, author of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability, and staff writer, The New Yorker.

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
Syracuse Common Council, councilor at-large and president pro tempore; author, The African American Dilemma

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


Mary Anne Ocampo
Principal, Sasaki Associates, Boston, Ma.; 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.