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NYC Town+Gown

  1. 1. Introduction to Town+Gown: Possible Collaborationswith the Urban Systems CollaborativeA Presentation to Urban Systems CollaborativeTerri Matthews, Senior Policy AdvisorNew York City Department of Design and Construction 1
  2. 2. Setting the Stage for Town+GownRAND Institutes famous 1988 study of large projects concluded that government process is themost significant driver of both public and civilian project costs But RAND noted that the "host government makes the rules; the host government can change the rules"“We have met the enemy and the enemy is us!” PogoBut,The built environment is a complex and dynamic social system where its issues cannot beadequately comprehended in isolation from the wider system of which they are a partGovernment operates in the built environment simultaneously in different capacities as if it is anaggregation of multiple personalities owner and client of construction services that implement its capital program, government has many concerns in common with private owners; namely, project budget, schedule, quality and safety moreover, within any jurisdiction, there may be several public owners operating their own portions of the built environment regulator of built environment participants and built environment products, primarily for public health, safety and welfare purposes economic development catalyst focused on specific private economic activity financier of its capital programs, at the state and local government levels with the issuance of tax-exempt debt, itself a form of subsidy from both federal and state government levels, and the receipt of grants from higher levels of governmentAll is then further complicated by the inter-related activities of several levels of government—federal, state and local—all similarly engagedWhat to do? 2
  3. 3. One Problem: Inadequate Levels of Research in the Built EnvironmentFrom the construction perspective The Building Congress released a July 2008 report entitled, New Yorks Rising Construction Costs: Issues and Solutions, recommending a role for the public sector to increase research to foster innovation in construction operations.From the built environment perspective Minerva Partners released a report from a collaborative project focusing on the future of preservation entitled, Preservation Vision: Planning for the Future of Preservation in New York City, recommending an effort to undertake serious research.Long-standing structural hurdles make increasing built environment research difficult low levels of investment, as general proposition low levels of public sponsorship inadequate linkages between research and application fragmented nature of construction industry traditional research methodology also suffers from tendency to become fractured, dividing "knowledge into domains with particular sub-disciplines"On the Ground:Built environment is a complex social systemResearch must be contextual and systemicNot needed: another research center or think tank but A gear shift linking academics and practitioners for practically-based research project and bridging divides between them, with practitioners as equal partners in knowledge production A wheel, with spokes, turning in action-learning cycles, linking researchers and practitioners to work that sustains future research discussions that facilitate practice and policy changes based on research 3
  4. 4. One Solution: Town+Gown ( "systemic action research" program Highlights the importance of practice as a source of knowledge Completed projects ("action learning sets") lead to cycle of action-reflectionAims at collectively increasing evidence-based analysis, information transfer and understanding ofthe Citys Built Environment Reflection: Dissemination of projects (Building Ideas) Research: Projects and generated from Symposia/Conversation Research Agenda Events Action: Changes in practice or policy based on completed work—can include future research 4
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  6. 6. Town+Gown:Facilitates partnerships between academics and practitioners on Built Environment researchprojects, generating discussion and follow-up research aimed at making changes in practices andpolicies.Before each academic year, Town+Gown works with City agencies and graduate programs todevelop a City-wide Built Environment Research AgendaDuring the academic year, Town+Gown supports academic-practitioner collaborations on particularresearch projects from the Research Agenda.Disseminates research results and fosters on-going discussions Following end of each academic year, Town+Gown will publish its Building Ideas Review, abstracting the final project reports that are available to members of Town+Gown Town+Gown organizes collaborative events—symposia and conferences, bringing academics and practitioners together to focus on the results of researchTown+Gown also publishes a periodic newsletter, Building Ideas Catalog, summarizing and linkingto Built Environment reports and articlesConsists of:Town Group—practitioners that participate in the Citys built environment; so far public ownerpractitionersGown Group—academic institutions with graduate and undergraduate programs in fields thatoverlap with Built Environment disciplinesApplied Analysis and Research Group—practitioner organizations and individuals who participateactively in the program, who are neither Town nor Gown and are available to provide practicalcontext for project researchers/investigators—AARG about to be merged into TownAdvisory Group—people interested in both the Built Environment and the Town+Gown program 6
  7. 7. The Built Environment Disciplines 7
  8. 8. For Members of Town: What Town+Gown Can Do for You! Facilitates bridging academic/practitioner divide for your Built Environment research questions in service learning programs as well funded research with as professors and Ph.D. students Can make contacts and manage relationships with academic programs, faculty advisors and student teams from project inception to "peer" review Wide dissemination of Research Agenda gets your research questions in front of all participating schools, increasing the chances that applied research will result Academic consortium contract currently under development will facilitate procurement process for expense funds during fiscal year; also will be available to all public owner members of Town Develops a coherent and comprehensive Built Environment research agenda with real and relevant questions Helps identify cross-agency issues, multi-disciplinary issues In conjunction with experiential/service learning programs, one project can lead to various follow-up projects over time More than one school can work on pieces of same question Publishes annual Building Ideas Review, abstracting students work, presenting the results of all projects and making the final reports available to members of Town+Gown Sponsors collaborative discussion events for "real time" consideration of completed work among Town+Gown members as foundation for possible changes to practices and policies Bi-monthly Building Ideas Catalog summarizes and links to reports and articles related to the Built Environment A library/clearinghouse feature under development 8
  9. 9. For Members of Gown: What Town+Gown Can Do for You! Provides a comprehensive and coherent City-wide research agenda with real and relevant questions focused on the Built Environment for use by: Experiential/service learning programs in developing capstone projects, workshops, studios and internships for various projects over time—one project can lead to a follow-up project multi-disciplinary opportunities within own institution or with other institutions Professors to develop courses around, use as case-studies and/or work on/propose academic research projects Bridges academic/practitioner divide for in-service learning programs, Master’s thesis and Ph.D. dissertations, as well as individual professors research Can make introductions and help manage relationships with practitioner agencies from project inception to "peer" review Collaborative discussion events with members of Town and other academic institutions in Gown provide opportunities for academics to engage with public policy makers on place- and data- based inquiries and analyses, providing opportunities for future work Academic consortium contract in development will make procurement of academic services easier for members of Town, thus increasing the chances of funded research Increases exposure of academic work product among practitioners Publishes annual Building Ideas Review, presenting programs and academic work to a wider audience of built environment practitioners Disseminates bi-monthly Building Ideas Catalog that summarizes and links to reports and articles related to the Built Environment, that can include your own work and work from your programs, expanding the audience for your work to built environment practitioners 9
  10. 10. Town:Department of AgingDepartment of BuildingsDepartment of City PlanningDepartment of Citywide Administrative ServicesDepartment of Cultural AffairsDepartment of Design and ConstructionDepartment of Environmental ProtectionDepartment of Health and Mental HygieneHealth and Hospitals CorporationDepartment of Housing Preservation and DevelopmentDepartment of Information Technology and TelecommunicationsLandmarks Preservation CommissionLaw DepartmentDepartment of Parks and RecreationDepartment of SanitationDepartment of Small Business ServicesDepartment of TransportationMayor’s Office Capital Project Development Construction Services Environmental Coordination Management and Budget OperationsNew York City Economic Development CorporationNew York City Design CommissionPort Authority of New York and New JerseyNew York Power AuthorityNew York City TransitNew York City School Construction AuthorityEmpire State Development CorporationDormitory Authority of the State of New York 10
  11. 11. Gown:Public Administration/PolicyColumbia/School of International and Public AffairsNYU/Wagner School of Public Service1New School/Milano School of Management and Urban PolicyCUNY/Baruch School of Public AffairsPace University Graduate SchoolUrban PlanningColumbia/Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and PreservationCUNY/Hunter College, Graduate School, Departments of Urban Affairs and Urban PlanningEngineeringNYU/Polytechnic InstituteCUNY/Grove School of Engineering, City College of New YorkManhattan College/Engineering SchoolCooper-Union School of EngineeringNew York Institute of TechnologyColumbia/Fu School of Engineering, Center for Technology, Innovation and Community EngagementArchitectureNew School/Parsons School of DesignNew York Institute of TechnologyColumbia/Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and PreservationCooper-Union School of ArchitecturePratt School of ArchitectureReal Estate Development/Construction ManagementNYU/School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Schack Institute of Real EstateLawBrooklyn Law School/Clinical ProgramBusiness AdministrationManhattan College/School of Business1 Includes Urban Planning program. 11
  12. 12. Town+Gown Urban Systems CollaborativeMembers of Urban Systems Collaborative span the Town+Gown groups: Public and private sector practitioner organizations Academic institutionsBoth Urban Systems Collaborative and Town+Gown focus on: Built Environment Data-based analysisBoth Urban Systems Collaborative and Town+Gown function via partnerships andcollaborations—similar DNA Next Steps: Consider joining Town+Gown: As organization On individual basis Review the Research Agenda Identify existing research questions of interest Identify questions that you think belong on Agenda 12