5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT April 2

CANCELED - City Scripts Public Forum - Charting Renewal

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Charting Renewal

A panel presentation and public discussion about housing, redevelopment, social justice, and the replacement of I-81.

The replacement of the I-81 viaduct in Syracuse provides new housing and economic opportunities for the neighborhoods adjacent to the highway. This Symposium, “Charting Renewal,” will focus on urban design and issues of social and economic justice. This conversation will consider critical questions as the city confronts what comes next: What makes a good community? What is the relationship between public space and private development? How does good design contribute to the success of neighborhoods and the people who live there? What can we learn from successful housing models elsewhere?

This is the first of three planned events addressing housing issues in Syracuse, and will create a dialogue among and between residents, local leaders, and national experts on the history and impact of other urban revitalization projects.


Lanessa Chaplin, Esq.
Project Counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union

Lizabeth Cohen
Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

Vincent Love
CEO, Blueprint 15, a not-for-profit partnership with the City of Syracuse, the Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) and the Syracuse City School District

Lawrence Vale
Associate Dean and Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT


Kishi Ducre
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University

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.

“Charting Renewal” is presented by City Scripts, a partnership of Lawrence Davis, undergraduate program chair and associate professor, School of Architecture; Carol Faulkner, associate dean and professor, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Elizabeth Kamell, associate professor, School of Architecture; Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute and professor, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

The event is supported by The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program, the Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant program, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the School of Architecture, Syracuse University, and City Scripts.