NY1's “Inside City Hall” program recently featured Architecture Professor Ron Shiffman in a roundtable discussion on New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's plan for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. Shiffman was joined in conversation with Steven Cohen, executive director, Columbia University's Earth Institute, and Allan Frei, deputy director, Hunter College and CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities.
Shiffman has spent more than 50 years working to promote community-based activism and empower local groups to participate directly in the development of their neighborhoods. Trained as an architect and urban planner, he is an expert in community-based planning, housing, and sustainable development and a champion of green economies based on local manufacturing. He has had extensive experience bringing together private and public sector sponsors of housing and related community development projects. He teaches in Pratt's Program for Sustainable Planning and Development.