August 30, 2012
Nan Ellin, Professor and Chair
We have the knowledge, the tools, and the will to make good places. Yet, the actual delivery of these places remains challenging and all too rare. Professor Ellin will offer a basic strategy for clearing the path toward good urbanism consisting of 6 steps: Prospect, Polish, Propose, Prototype, Promote, and Present. Anyone can walk this path, experts in the field of urbanism and others alike. The only precondition for stepping onto it is a willingness to go somewhere new.
September 6, 2012
Michael Larice, Associate Professor
A Rebirth in City-Making
The planning field is experiencing, once again, a fundamental redirection with respect to planning and city-making. The data-heavy comprehensive plans of past generations – which concentrated on one-size-fits-all processes and overly safe, yet, unreachable goals – are being eclipsed by a new set of more nimble and promising planning products. In cities across the continent, planning is being reconceived through civic engagement, visioning exercises, and a rediscovery of project and neighborhood-level planning. By focusing on smaller geographies, catalytic projects, new collaborations, and measurable outcomes, savvy planners and cities are pressing for success over stasis. Part of this can be explained by the dispiriting difficulties in addressing society’s ‘wicked problems’ – another part by the social and economic demands for valued places, innovative design, and urban dynamism. This talk will focus on three trends in city planning that are helping to remake the field, as well as our cities and communities.
October 4, 2012
Phil Emmi, Professor
Knowing and Valuing in the Urban Realm
Time and circumstance question whether human societies are capable of securing a future sufficient to sustain further development of human values. In approaching this question, we find that we now live between two worlds – one not yet fully exhausted and one not yet fully born. The former is increasingly fraught with paralyzing dilemmas and no longer offers either a clear focus or a full mobilization of effort. The latter is but a suggestive shade of things to come. Within these two worlds are different ways of knowing and, more fundamentally, different stages in the evolution of human values. Professor Emmi will identify the various dilemmas in which we are presently stuck and how emergent ways of knowing and valuing might offer a way forward.
October 11, 2012
Student Pecha Kucha