Michael Fishman
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Michael Fishman is an urban design and strategic infrastructure specialist for Halcrow, an international consultancy. Since 1989, Michael has been working with environmental artist Michael Singer on infrastructure projects in the U.S. and abroad. In 1995, Michael helped start a 60-person traffic and transportation infrastructure consulting firm in Lower Manhattan. Clients ranged from Consolidated Edison of New York and The Battery Park City Authority to Madison Square Garden, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Mayor of Windsor, Ontario.

He earned his Masters Degree in Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he focused on how cities prone to crisis prepare and repair their infrastructure systems. Following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Michael began his focus on geographies planning for and undergoing natural disaster recovery. His planning and rebuilding experiences include Dade County Florida, the Mississippi River flood zones, and Lower Manhattan post 9/11. Michael is currently teaching Urban Design and Planning at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Personal Statement

My fellowship on Times Square: Streetscape Improvement occurred as I was transitioning between companies. The most satisfying aspect of the experience was defining and recognizing my own value in the conversation about urban design and public space in Times Square. Outside of professional affiliations, the Design Trust gave me an opportunity as an individual in the field, to actively help the craft and deliver the arguments for doubling sidewalk space and developing an event infrastructure within the bow-tie to the New York City Department of Transporation and other stakeholders on behalf of the Times Square Alliance.

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