The Future of Public Space: Panel Series

Inspired by the March 2018 release of The Future of Public Space, the second SOM Thinkers publication, SOM curated a series of panel discussions in various cities. To further explore the book's provocative themes through the lens of different strands of practice and criticism in various local contexts, a diverse group of speakers—architects, urban planners, artists, designers, journalists, and activists—took part in the discussions. The Future of Public Space event series was co-sponsored by the urban affairs magazine Next City.

New York

April 11, 2018
Strand Bookstore

Panelists Olalekan Jeyifous, Damon Rich (Hector Design), Oana Stanescu, and Claire Weisz (WXY) were joined by moderator Ben Davis (artnet News), with an introduction by SOM Consulting Partner Roger Duffy.


June 26, 2018
The LeRoy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Panelists Joy Bailey Bryant (Lord Cultural Resources), Maurice Cox (City of Detroit), Martin Felsen (UrbanLab), Angela Mason (Chicago Botanic Garden), and Dawveed Scully (SOM) were joined by moderator Jonathan Solomon (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), with an introduction by SOM Partner Douglas Voigt.

Los Angeles

July 12, 2018
A+D Museum

Panelists Rudy Espinoza (Leadership for Urban Renewal Network), Saul Gonzalez (KCRW), Astrid Sykes (Studio-MLA), and Elizabeth Timme (LA-Más) were joined by moderator Chris Torres (superjacent), with an introduction by SOM Associate Director Kevin Conway.


October 11, 2018
London Review Bookshop 

Panelists Elizabeth Rapoport (Urban Land Institute), Victoria Wägner (Publica), and artist Sean Vegezzi were joined by moderator Chris Michael (Guardian Cities), with an introduction by SOM Director Daniel Ringelstein.

The opinions expressed in these videos and audio recording are the panelists' own and do not necessarily reflect the view of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.