Planners as Negotiators, Negotiation as Planning: “Enlarging the Pie” in Large Scale Urban Development

Event Date: Thursday November 21, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: Austin Hall 111, Harvard Law School

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

and the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design are pleased to present:

Planners as Negotiators, Negotiation as Planning
“Enlarging the Pie” in Large Scale Urban Development


Arana Hankin, Angelyn Chandler, and Helen Lochhead
2013-2014 Loeb Fellows, Harvard Graduate School of Design



Shula Gilad
Senior Fellow, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School

Karen Lee Bar-Sinai
Research Fellow, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School


Thursday, November 21
12 – 1:30 PM
Austin Hall, Room 111
Harvard Law School Campus


About the Event:

Come learn how urban planners and designers negotiate a large scale development plan and its implementation and how policy makers rely on planners and design thinking to create and implement a successful project. Drawing upon complex urban development projects from NYC, and from Sydney, Australia, the three speakers will illustrate the importance of merging the two worlds – negotiation and design — to move away from “zero sum games” to include and increase the benefits to all stakeholders.  This is the second session of  the 2013-2014 “Designing a Yes” seminar series, exploring the links between planning, design and negotiations.


About the Speakers:

Angelyn Chandler is an architect and works for the NYC Parks department leading the design of large scale urban projects, notably the development of Fresh Kills Landfill as a City park, and the reconstruction of New York City’s beaches following Hurricane Sandy.

Arana Hankin was formerly the Director of the Atlantic Yards Project at New York State’s economic development agency, Empire State Development. She also served as the President of the Queens West Development Corporation and Project Manager for the Columbia Manhattanville expansion project in West Harlem.

Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect and urban designer. Her career has focused on the inception, planing and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects ranging from a 5 year City of Sydney improvement program to major urban renewal and waterfront projects. In her most recent role as Director for Strategic Developments for Sydney Harbor she led planning and development of the inner harbour. She combines practice with teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney.


About the Moderators:

Shula Gilad is a senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, where she coordinates PON’s Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI) activities. Shula is also a consultant to various Middle East programs and organizations. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, where she wrote a dissertation on Israel’s domestic and regional water policy in the 1990s. During her PhD studies, she directed the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Karen Lee Bar-Sinai is the director and co-founder of SAYA/Design for Change – an architecture firm based in Israel that specializes in “peace architecture”. SAYA’s work demonstrates what a peace agreement could look like, and provides tools for designing territorial solutions. SAYA’s materials have been used by Israeli-Palestinian leaders in former negotiations. Bar-Sinai is also a research fellow at the Program on Negotiation.


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