City of Tomorrow: Real Estate, Architecture & Design Summit

92nd Street Y is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For over 140 years, they have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world.  92Y  welcomes and reaches out to people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds while embracing Jewish values like learning and self-improvement, the importance of family, the joy of life, and giving back to our wonderfully diverse and growing community, both locally and around the world.

92Y is hosting City of Tomorrow: Today’s pioneering real estate developers, architects and interior design innovators convene for a first-of-its-kind, two-day conference exploring new departures, trends and initiatives for the NYC landscape.

Friday, February 3rd

Architecture and New York’s 21st-Century Identity

Meet the new shapes of New York. From the reimagined MoMA and the forthcoming Statue of Liberty Museum to Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street and the slenderest building in the world, 111 West 57th Street — starchitects Liz Diller, Bjarke Ingels, Christopher Sharples and Patrik Schumacher take you behind the scenes.

Timeless Design: Luxuries That Never Go Out of Style

The women and men who continually achieve top billing on Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” and the Elle Decor A-list come together for a dialogue on curating lasting design experiences and emotionally transcendent spaces. Hear from interior design superstars Robert Couturier, Thom Filicia, Celerie Kemble and Jennifer Post.

Building the New New York

With cranes dotting the cityscape, what will our skyline look like in 2020, and how should we expect to live and work (and play) in the new grid? Developers Harry Macklowe, Ian Schrager and other real estate luminaries weigh in on these topics and more.


Saturday, February 4th

The Making of Hudson Yards

Howard Elkus, one of the primary architects behind the Time Warner Center, and now of Hudson Yards, talks with Dwell magazine’s editor in chief, Amanda Dameron, about the vision and challenges of creating a new authentic neighborhood.

High Line Meets Lowline

Masterminds of urban green space James Ramsey, creator of the Lowline, and Robert Hammond, co-founder of the High Line, come together for an intimate discussion on adaptive reuse parks and preserving our industrial past, moderated by New York Post real estate reporter Zachary Kussin.

Changing NYC Neighborhoods: What’s on the Horizon and What Can We Expect?

Top developers discuss the transformative power of NYC’s new residential developments on the very fabric of a neighborhood. Jonathan Miller, NYC’s leading expert in real estate analysis and appraisal, sits down with Michael Stern of JDS Development, Charlie Bendit of Taconic Investment Properties, Susi Yu of Forest City Ratner Companies and David von Spreckelsen of Toll Brother City Living.

Bringing Hospitality Home

These men and women are masterminds at bringing people together. Hospitality design icons behind the most glamorous, bespoke and renowned hotels, resorts and restaurants — Jeffrey Beers, Adam Tihany and Alexandra Champalimaud — share how they create spaces that appear effortlessly designed. Learn how you too can bring the best of hospitality to your own home.

Downtown Is the New Black

From Mario Batali’s new Eataly Downtown and the Oculus by starchitect Santiago Calatrava, to the Howard Hughes Corporation’s South Street Seaport and the breadth of new residential towers, downtown is experiencing a renaissance. This lively discussion will be led by Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance.

The Art and Science of Feng Shui

Dee Kelly, one of the world’s leading experts in traditional Chinese feng shui, discusses the technical, mathematical and aesthetic components central to the ancient practice.

NYC’s Landmarks: Reimagined

New York’s museums and monuments are endemic signatures of the city. The thought leaders currently reinventing and restoring these landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty Museum and the American Museum of Natural History, will guide us through the challenges and excitement, acting as stewards of these hallowed places, all led by moderator Susan Szenasy, the editor in chief of Metropolis magazine.

Home Improvement Updates That Impact Your Home’s Value

Whether it’s a weekend project or a total overhaul of your home, most homeowners would be willing to invest in some renovations or updates to their space if they knew it would positively impact their home’s resale value. This panel of passionate home experts advise on the key areas to begin with.

Made in New York: Designers Working and Making in Our Backyard

Leading designers, craftsmen and women, and artisanal workers discuss new directions in their work. We will hear from Brit Kleinman, Mark De La Vega, Will Kavesh, Michele Varian and others.

Collecting Art and Design for the Home

Design specialists and top NYC gallery owners on seamless integration of fine art and design in your space, how to hone in on your taste and what makes for a good investment piece.

The Science and Emotional Power of Color

Leading textile designers Rebecca Atwood and Lori Weitzner, along with color expert Donald Kaufman, explore the impact of color on our living environment.

Calling All Snowbirds

Seasoned local experts demystify South Florida’s residential real estate market, addressing the nuances of each key zip code, from Boca Raton and Palm Beach to Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Buildings for “Me”

The latest generation of residential living has taken the concept of “lifestyle” to the next level. Harkening back to an older era of communal living, buildings are once again becoming far more than a place to hang one’s hat. Today, they are extensions of one’s personal, professional and intellectual pursuits. Think of buildings as social clubs, think tanks, vessels for healthy living and more.

Inclusive City

In this critical discussion, we will focus on socially responsible development in NYC, hearing from the people who work tirelessly to create housing solutions for all, as well as those who strive to improve public spaces and parks. Learn how we can build a city, our city, where all denizens can achieve quality of life inside and outside their homes.

Inspired Design: Finding a Voice in Your Interior

Inspiration can take place through a whirlwind journey, the pursuit of a personal hobby or the emulation of a tastemaker whose style you admire. With this intimate talk led by Laura Kirar, the internationally renowned interior and product designer, with works profiled in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Vogue Living and The New York Times, we will navigate how to integrate your own taste and vision into your personal abode.

Full lineup to be announced in the coming weeks.

Seating for all events is general admission and all panel events on Saturday will be available on a first come first serve basis for attendees.