Garage Talks Masterclass #001: The Future of Small Cities

In conjunction to our speaker series and panel discussion, Garage Talks will also incorporate a masterclass to further the discussion in our local communities. The masterclass is a small working group with participation from each internationally-recognized visiting speaker.

During the masterclass sessions, our members will work as a team and grapple with questions of infrastructure development, transportation, gentrification, and environmental impact. The Garage Talk masterclass will culminate in a forum around public art in cities and produce a visually-rich publication documenting the yearlong conversation.

Tickets to all keynotes are available to the public and can be reserved here.

Masterclass Participants

Jeff Buell, Principle, Redburn Development
Carmen Duncan, Chief Coach and Founder, Mission Accomplished Transition Services

Gemma Halfi, Service Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator, Emma Willard
Jahkeen Hoke, Co-founder and Chief Development Officer, 4th Family Inc.
Charles Moore, Planning Director, City of Rensselaer
Maya Navabi, B.S. Candidate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Katie Newcomb, Senior Economic Developer, National Grid
Chris Nolin, Director, Community and State Relations, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Chris Potter, Institute for Market Transformation
James Rath, Assistant Planner, City of Troy
Maureen Sager, CEO, Alliance for Creative Economy
Ryan Silva, Executive Director, Economic Development Council

Nicole Yacura, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Masterclass Interns

Juliet Hassenberg, Cluett House, Emma Willard

Masterclass Facilitators

Heidi Knoblauch
Reif Larsen

Masterclass Readings

High Water Marks: Reimagining the Urban Waterfront, Ray Gastil (September 19 and 20)


Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of the Great American City [excerpt] in Jacobs, Jane. 1992. The death and life of great American cities. New York: Vintage Books.

John Tierny, “How Green Riverfronts Transformed Pittsburgh,” The Atlantic, November 20, 2014.

Project for Public Spaces, 9 Steps to Creating a Great Waterfront (December 31, 2008).

Further Reading:

Hiss, Tony. (1990) The Experience of Place: A New Way Of Looking At And Dealing With Our Radically Changing Cities And Countryside. New York: Vintage Books.

Portland Sustainability Institute. “EcoDistricts: Building Blocks of Sustainable Cities.”

Julie Wagnor, Scott Andes, Steve Davies, Nate Storring, and Jennifer S. Vey. Twelve Principles Guiding Innovation Districts. Brookings. September 8, 2017.

Nate Berg, “Germany’s Designer City: Can Government Build Hamburg’s Next Hot Neighborhood,” Next City (December 16, 2013).

McAteer, Benedict. “The Social Impacts of Urban Waterfront Regeneration Projects,” The ProtoCity.Co (February 22, 2017).

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