Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
Thursday, October 3 • 10:00am - 12:30pm
Resilient Futures: New Thinking on Climate Change

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Climate change is already impacting people and infrastructure in our cities, but unequally. In 2050 and 2080 in New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, the future may look dystopian.

This event discusses long-term visions and new ways of thinking about urban resilience and positive futures in the Anthropocene. An expert panel of policy makers, scholars, and climate scientists discuss their approaches to planning a more positive future, one that is more just, more resilient, and more sustainable, featuring a selection of research and data visualization work developed at The New School Urban Systems Lab. In the context of future heat and flood risks in New York City and San Juan, there are discussions of equity and justice challenges, how to facilitate positive visioning with local communities, and science communication challenges.

Panelists Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson (International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service, PR), Pablo Mendez-Lazaro (University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR), and Amy Chester (Rebuild by Design, NYC) , discuss those challenges, moderated by Timon McPhearson (Urban Systems Lab, The New School).

Following the discussion, Jonathan F.P Rose of Rose Companies an Timon McPhearson will host a conversation on “Pathways to Planetary Health.”

Listen to WSNR New School Radio's feature in the Urban System Lab here!

About The New School Urban Systems Lab:
The Urban Systems Lab’s interdisciplinary scholarship addresses the social, ecological, and technical systems (SETS) that drive persistent challenges in cities. Its goal in studying and visualizing urban system dynamics is to provide new insight into developing more equitable, resilient, and sustainable cities.

Rapidly expanding urbanization, biodiversity loss, and climate change pose dramatic risks for urban residents and the natural systems they depend on. The Urban Systems Lab's research aims to reveal and support the SET system processes that drive everyday experiences in urban areas. The Lab uses empirical and theoretical approaches as well as data visualization to advance urban systems research and practice.

It also addresses a variety of research areas, including: urban resilience; climate change adaptation and nature-based solutions; SETS analysis and modeling; urban land use planning; social equity and environmental justice; scenarios for sustainable urban futures; urban biodiversity and ecosystem services; and urban ecosystem structure and functions.


Amy Chester

Director, Rebuild by Design

Pablo Mendez-Lazaro

Associate Professor , University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus-Environmental Health Department

Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson

International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service
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Jonathan F. P. Rose

President, Rose Companies
Jonathan F.P. Rose is the founder and president of the Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a real estate development, planning, consulting, and investment firm. The firm is a leading national developer of green affordable and mixed-income communities and is implementing affordable housing... Read More →
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Timon McPhearson

Associate Professor of Urban Ecology, Director of the Urban Systems Lab, Schools of Public Engagement
Timon McPhearson is director of the Urban Systems Lab, associate professor of Urban Ecology at the New School’s Environmental Studies program, and research faculty at Tishman Environment and Design Center. In 2017 he was awarded The New School's Distinguished University Teaching... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 10:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Tishman Auditorium - U100