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Jane's Walk: FDR Four Freedoms Park & the Past, Present and Future of Roosevelt Island

 Ted Liebman leads a tour on the history of affordable housing on Roosevelt Island for Jane's Walk 2017.  Photo Credit: Rowa Lee.

Ted Liebman leads a tour on the history of affordable housing on Roosevelt Island for Jane's Walk 2017.  Photo Credit: Rowa Lee.

Come celebrate the past, present and future of Roosevelt Island as we participate in Jane's Walk 2018! 

About Jane's WalkJane’s Walk is a global festival of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. Walks combine the simple act of exploring the city with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement. Now in its eighth year, Jane’s Walk NYC is the largest in the world. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers. 

 Tata Innovation Center, Roosevelt Island

Tata Innovation Center, Roosevelt Island

This year's Jane's Walk on Roosevelt Island is a free program that offers participants three mini walking tours in one:

  1. Ted Liebman on the development and creation of affordable housing units on Roosevelt Island, beginning in the 1970s.
  2. A tour of the new Cornell Tech Campus, which recently opened in fall 2017.
  3. FDR Four Freedoms Park on the architectural expression of Louis Kahn, one of the premier American architects of the 20th century, and the 40 year journey to make Kahn's vision of a presidential memorial on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island a reality.
 Jane's Walk 2017 participants at FDR Four Freedoms Park.  Photo Credit: Rowa Lee.

Jane's Walk 2017 participants at FDR Four Freedoms Park.  Photo Credit: Rowa Lee.

About Tour Leader, Theodore Liebman, FAIA

Theodore Liebman, FAIA, is a Principal at Perkins Eastman and a leading expert in the planning and design of large-scale urban housing and mixed-use projects. From 1971 to 1975, Mr. Liebman was Chief of Architecture at the New York State Urban Development Corporation where he oversaw the building of housing for 33,000 families statewide and Chief of Architecture for Roosevelt Island from 1973-75. He is a past president of the NY Chapter of the AIA and in 1988, the recipient of the Andrew J. Thomas Pioneer in Housing Award. He is an adjunct professor @ NYU’s Department of Art History and Urban Design and Architecture Studies and teaches a course on Affordable Housing. He has lectured extensively and served on architectural juries at many universities in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. He is a board member of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU).

About FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York. Located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City, it is the last work of the late Louis I. Kahn, an iconic architect of the 20th century. The Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt's famous January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech. Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in June 2011 to maintain and operate the Park in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 

Earlier Event: May 5
I Love My Park Day
Later Event: May 19
Uni Project