New Urbanism at the NEA: A Q&A with Jeff Speck

Less than a month into his NEA job, director of design Jeff Speck discusses his principles, plans, and why mayors could benefit from an Urbanism 101 class.

As the NEA’s newly appointed Director of Design, Jeff Speck supervises the panel selection and grant-making process in design, as well as oversees the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Your Town programs. Formerly the director of town planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. (DPZ), a pioneering New Urbanism (NU) firm that seeks to curb suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment,…

Anatomy of a Photo Op: Celebrating a “Historic Collaboration” at the WTC

A sardonic look at the behind-the-scenes politics between developer Larry Silverstein, architect David Childs, & WTC master planner Daniel Libeskind.

Date: July 16, 2003 Place: Ground Zero Gate 7 Purpose: To celebrate a “historic collaboration” between World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein; architect David Childs, of Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and WTC master site planner Daniel Libeskind. The Cast of Characters (see right): Janno Lieber, EVP World Trade Center Development, Silverstein Properties; Childs; Libeskind; Silverstein; Kevin Rampe, president, Lower Manhattan…