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Building Child and Age Friendly Communities – Lessons from Rome…for New York

You’re invited to this special program on Building Child and Age Friendly Communities coming up next Friday 9/22 being co-sponsored by the Cornell Department of City and Regional Planning, Engaged Cornell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, CaRDI, and Southern Tier Section of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Date: September 22, 2017

Location: Milstein Hall on the Cornell University Campus.  12:00 - 5:00 with poster reception in Milstein Dome. Additional schedule details, including the afternoon workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 exploring links to NY State are below. Professional planners in the region are welcome to attend any portion of the program. AICP CM credits to be made available.

Presenters: Students from the Rome Workshop and Sullivan County Engaged Cornell Projects

What makes a city child and age friendly? Students in the Cornell in Rome program focused on four peripheral neighborhoods in the Eternal City, Rome, Italy, to try and find our answer. Rome revealed surprising insights into what makes a place hospitable for children and the elderly. First is the physical layer: transportation, land use planning, housing, services and public space. Next is the social layer: community groups, market associations, libraries, schools, senior centers and residents. We find that while the physical layer is important, the social layer can ameliorate or exacerbate deficiencies in physical planning. Insights from Rome offer cautions and hope to community planners in the US where physical design is often inadequate.  

The Rome workshop student panel from 12:20 -2:00 will be followed by a poster session and reception in Milstein Dome from 2:00 -2:30. An afternoon workshop will explore the links to New York State from 2:30-4:30. This will include Prof Mildred Warner presenting results of national surveys and students presenting research in Sullivan County, New York, followed by a panel of New York experts and a discussion with planners and community leaders from around New York State. The event will conclude with a dinner/reception from 4:30-6:00.

Event Cosponsors: Engaged Cornell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, CaRDI, Southern Tier Section of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association


Professor Mildred Warner, Cornell University

Confirmed Panelists:

Todd M. Fabozzi, Director of Sustainability, Capital District Regional Planning Commission

Colleen Monaghan, Executive Director Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sullivan County, NY

Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist, Ithaca, NY

Sue Dale Hall, Executive Director, Child Development Council, Ithaca, NY

Lorraine Maxwell, Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

William Armbruster, Senior Advisor, AAPR Livable Communities, Community, State and National Affairs