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Oculus Book Talk: Alexander Garvin, The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities
AIA CES Credits: 1.5 LU
When: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, APRIL 8
Where: At The Center
Alexander Garvin, Hon. AIA NY Chapter, will present his new book The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities.
The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities provides a focused, thorough, and sophisticated overview of how planning works, generously illustrated with 235 colorful photographs, diagrams, and maps created expressly for the book.
It presents the public realm approach to planning—an approach that emphasizes the importance of public investments in what we own: streets, squares, parks, infrastructure, and public buildings. They are the fundamental elements in any community and are the way to determine our future.
The book covers planning at every level, explaining the activities that go into successfully transforming a community as exemplified by four cities and their colorful motive forces: Paris (Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann), New York (Robert Moses), Chicago (Daniel Burnham), and Philadelphia (Edmund Bacon). The Planning Game is an invaluable resource for planners, students, community leaders, and everybody involved with making better places to live.
Alexander Garvin has combined a career in urban planning and real estate with teaching, architecture, and public service. He is an adjunct professor of urban planning and management at Yale University, where he has taught for forty-five years. Garvin is currently the president and CEO of his own planning and design firm in New York City and has been involved with major projects in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Maryland, and Nebraska. In 2002–2003 he was vice president for planning, design, and development of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency charged with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site after 9/11. He has held prominent positions in New York City government, including deputy commissioner of housing and city planning commissioner, and has won numerous awards, from the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Architects, and the Municipal Art Society. He is the author of The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t and Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities.
Free for AIA members, Forum for Urban Design members and students with valid student ID - RSVP using the form to the right
$10 for non-members - PURCHASE A TICKET
Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee and Forum for Urban Design
Oculus Book Seller: McNally Jackson Books | 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012 | 212.274.1160
About Oculus Book Talks:
Each month, the AIANY Oculus Committee presents a Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. Each Oculus Book Talk highlights a recent publication on architecture, design, or the built environment — presented by the author. The Book Talks are a forum for dialogue and discussion, and copies of the publications are available for sale and signing.
2013 Book Talk Series:
Monday, January 14, 2013: Robert Geddes, FAIA, Fit: An Architect's Manifesto
Monday, February 11, 2013: Grand Central Terminal Centennial Authors Panel with John Belle, FAIA and Maxinne Leighton, Associate AIA, Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives; Sam Roberts, Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America; and Anthony Robins, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark
Monday, March 11, 2013: Marvin Mass, The Invisible Architect
Monday, April 8, 2013: Alexander Garvin, Hon. AIA NY Chapter, The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities
Monday, May 13, 2013: Richard Poulin, Graphic Design and Architecture: A 20th-Century History
Monday, June 10, 2013: Julie Campoli, Made for Walking
Monday, August 12, 2013: Vishaan Chakrabarti, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America