High Water Marks: Reimagining the Urban Waterfront


FUTURE OF SMALL CITIES. Season 1: Garage Talks is a dynamic new series of keynote lectures and masterclasses that will explore issues of urbanism, community, and climate change.

The inaugural Garage Talk event will be focused on the city and its waterfront. After years of neglecting their waterfronts, post-industrial cities across the country are finally realizing the value of clean, accessible, vibrant waterways. But who makes the decisions about how a waterfront should be used and what it will look like? In this event we will hear from Ray Gastil (former City Planner of Pittsburgh) about the journey of Pittsburgh's waterfront, as it has transformed from a river on fire to the heart of a revitalized downtown. Several local panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities embodied within the Capital region’s own relationship to the Hudson River.


Ray Gastil, Director of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Melon


Scott Townsend, Founding Architect, 3t Architects

Michael Finewood, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Pace University

Kristin Diotte, Director of Planning and Development for City of Schenectady

Garage Talks is a series of five events, hosted by the Troy Innovation Garage, that will take place from September 2019 - May 2020. Each event feature a nationally-recognized speaker presenting case studies of urban problem solving in action. The Garage Talk series will culminate in a forum around public art in cities and produce a visually-rich publication documenting the yearlong conversation.

An accompanying series of masterclasses for a select group will extend and deepen the conversation and lead to possible policy suggestions.

Reif Larsen, the 2019-2020 Writer-in-Residence at the Troy Innovation Garage, will host the Garage Talks series.

Beverages and food will be available at the program.