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We want to seed a public architecture movement in every creative community in the U.S. and forge relationships and partnerships with Schools of Architecture in the U.S. and internationally. As a first step, in March of 2017 we launched our Open City series, partnering with the City of Paris to host the Parisian Deputy Mayor Jean Louis Missika to discuss housing options for our most vulnerable.

In the wake of the volatile situation many refugees face in Europe, and with the Trump Administration’s proposed immigration ban and the questioning of US Sanctuary City status, the Institute for Public Architecture is launching the Open City series. The series will look at the challenges and solutions to supporting and housing vulnerable populations in our city centers, including refugees, emergency shelter populations, and disaster victims. Mr. Missika will present two humanitarian centers recently opened in Paris. Our panelists will then discuss NYC and Paris initiatives meant to support immigrants and other vulnerable populations in inclusive communities. Co-sponsors: The Irwin S Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, The Architectural League of New York, AIANY Housing Committee, AIANY Planning & Urban Design Committee. 

In the Fall of 2016, the IPA was invited to lecture on Children’s Right to the City. Presentation covered issues of access to public space based on the socio-economic circumstance of the neighborhood. This event was the catalyst for the OPEN CITY: Mexico City program currently under development

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