We produce waste. Perhaps even more importantly, we define what is waste and what is not, and we adopt practices for managing (or pushing out of sight) what we have defined. What if one of our practices, recycling, is actually damaging to the overall environmental project we should be pursuing? What if everything we now define as waste was redefined as Untapped Capital, and the concept of waste was banished from our vocabulary? A group of individuals whose experiences combine analysis, public policy, activism, art, and architecture will discuss these and other issues as they consider the future of waste.
Mai Iskander, Producer, Director, and Cinematographer
Lydia Kallipoliti, Assistant Professor Adjunct, Cooper Union and Columbia University
Max Liboiron, Postdoctoral Researcher, New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
Samantha MacBride, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, Baruch College
Moderator: Jonathan F.P. Rose, Founder, Jonathan Rose Companies LLC
Mai Iskander is a producer, director, and cinematographer. Her directorial debut, Garbage Dreams, was nominated for the 2010 Best Documentary by the Directors Guild of America, and has won twenty-six international awards. Garbage Dreams has been screened in over one hundred international film festivals.
Lydia Kallipoliti is a practicing architect, engineer, and theorist, currently teaching at the Cooper Union and at Columbia University in New York. Her research focuses on material experimentation, recycling, and the intersection of cybernetic and ecological theories in the twentieth century.
Max Liboiron is an activist, trash artist, and postdoctoral researcher at New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Her dissertation, “Redefining Pollution: Plastics in the Wild,” investigates scientific and advocate techniques used to define plastic pollution.
Samantha MacBride is Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at Baruch College. Her work focuses on the study of materials in society, including discarded urban materials as well as coal, petrochemicals, and textiles. MacBride worked for fifteen years with the New York City Department of Sanitation.
Jonathan F.P. Rose
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s career has been dedicated to integrating positive economic, environmental, and social outcomes. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate investment, development, planning, and consulting firm, as a leading green urban solutions provider. The firm has successfully completed over $1.5 billion of real estate projects aimed at building value for its investors and clients, and the communities in which it works.
Mr. Rose has been a leader in establishing the real estate impact investing field. In 2005, he created the nation’s first private equity real estate fund dedicated to delivering economic, social, and environmental returns. The firm has developed impact investment partnerships with high-net-worth investors, family offices, and institutions including Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and TIAA-CREF.
Mr. Rose is Vice Chair of Enterprise Community Partners and is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Rose chaired the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, which developed the nation’s first green transit plan, and was a commissioner on Governor Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission, tasked with identifying strategies for the long-term resilience of New York State’s infrastructure post-Hurricane Sandy.
Mr. Rose is also a co-founder of the Garrison Institute with his wife, Diana Rose, where he founded the Climate, Mind and Behavior program.
His book on resilient cities, The Well Tempered City, will be published by Harper Collins in 2014.