[insert-author-info] The future of New York and changes in urbanization was the topic of the client panel superbly moderated by Vishaan Chakrabarti, Founder,Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), Associate Professor of Practice, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP) and author of A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013). The panelists were Michael M. Samuelian, FAIA, AICP, Vice President, Related Companies; Callie Haines, Senior Vice President, Asset Management, U.S. Office Division, Brookfield Property Partners, L.P., Jessica Lappin, President, Alliance for Downtown New York; and Clare Newman, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and they provided an engaging and lively discussion for our audience. Vishaan opened with a question about how the live, work play model influenced the panelists’ developments. Clare responded that firms are making a conscious choice to locate in Brooklyn. Both Jessica and Clare mentioned that cultural events mean something different to Millennials—it’s not just a museum visit or a concert—it could be the Brooklyn Flea or the flight of the LED banded pigeons. Clare spoke of the growth of the technology and manufacturing sectors establishing the need for different types of space and the vogue for older, authentic buildings. Callie said Brookfield may have bought the ugliest building in the city, 5 Manhattan West, but it had large floor-plates that didn’t exist elsewhere in the city as well as great light, location and tenants who were willing to pay for the space. Michael spoke about Hudson Yards as a fusion of culture and commerce, though you don’t buy a handbag every day, you do eat, so a diversity of dining options was important in addition to a variety of retail clients. Jessica commented that when the High Line was being planned, no one had any idea that the Whitney would be moving downtown—these cultural attractions have changed the nature of the Meatpacking District yet again. Callie noted that when Conde Nast and Time Inc. moved downtown, they also changed the character of the downtown area. Now rather than just being known as a financial center, this part of the city has embraced fashion, the media and the active tourism the National September 11 Memorial & Museum brings as well as shopping and dining options for tourists, workers and residents. Jessica spoke about the need for more Class A office space downtown, but also B and C for tech and manufacturing clients if New York is to compete internationally. The need for affordability was discussed for both living and working spaces. Michael said that creating jobs is the first step. The government also needs to invest more in our transportation and infrastructure. Hurricane Sandy taught us that coastal cities can’t afford to ignore climate change. At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Clare said they can provide the affordability for the sectors they serve and support both skilled makers and robotics engineers. The panel touched on many topics crucial to the future of our city – transportation, infrastructure, affordability, technology, energy, appropriate work spaces and of course the variety of cultural, shopping and food experiences we offer for our residents, those who commute in to work here and our tourists.