Friday, October 25th, 8:00AM  ·  New York Academy of Medicine Library, 1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029
2019 Summit for New York City: Fight for Light
Brought to you by the Municipal Art Society for New York City (MAS) and New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P)

The annual MAS Summit for New York City returns on Friday, October 25, 2019. Now in its tenth year, the signature conference connects a diverse audience of policy-makers, industry leaders, and engaged citizens in a daylong dialogue about the most important issues affecting New York and other global urban centers.

The 2019 Summit, Fight for Light, will explore the economic, environmental, social, and public health impacts of light and air in urban neighborhoods. 

This year’s Summit is a component of a larger citywide initiative between MAS and NY4P that seeks stronger protections for the natural resources that are essential to an equitable city and the health and happiness of city dwellers. 

A full schedule of sessions will be released in early September built around the following panel discussion themes:


How can light and air be integrated into zoning regulations, planning tools, and incentives to maximize the use of parks, plazas, and open spaces? We will look at ways in which New York City can prioritize light and facilitate sustainable development for years to come.


What roles do architecture and design play in the vitality of the public realm? We will examine the form, materiality, and sustainability of the built environment in relation to light and shadow.


What impact does light in the public realm have on our health? We will explore how physical, mental, and societal health is shaped by access to quality open space.


How does our manipulation of sunlight through the built environment affect the ecology of our natural environment? We will consider how best to balance development goals with light-dependent conservation and resiliency priorities.


Early bird tickets are now available! Purchase your ticket before September 3 to lock in the discounted rates.

MAS members: $75
General tickets: $100

Are you a student or a member of a nonprofit or community organization?
A limited number of complimentary and reduced rate tickets are available.
To request student, nonprofit, or community partner tickets, please email

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