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Wed 02.05.2014

Oculus Book Talk: Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre, How to Study Public Life

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Where: At The Center   

Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre will present their new book, How to Study Public Life, published by Island  Press.

How do we accommodate a growing urban population in a way that is sustainable, equitable, and inviting? This question is becoming increasingly urgent to answer as we face diminishing fossil-fuel resources and the effects of a changing climate while global cities continue to compete to be the most vibrant centers of culture, knowledge, and finance.

Jan Gehl has been examining this question since the 1960s, when few urban designers or planners were thinking about designing cities for people. But given the unpredictable, complex and ephemeral nature of life in cities, how can we best design public infrastructure—vital to cities for getting from place to place, or staying in place—for human use? Studying city life and understanding the factors that encourage or discourage use is the key to designing inviting public space.

In How to Study Public Life Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre draw from their combined experience of over 50 years to provide a history of public-life study as well as methods and tools necessary to recapture city life as an important planning dimension.

Price
: Free for AIA 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

Co-sponsored by: AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee

This pro­gram is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision”



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.


2014 Book Talk Series

Monday, January 13, 2014: Alexandros Washburn, The Nature of Urban Design
Wednesday, February 5, 2014: Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre, How to Study Public Life
Tuesday, March 11, 2014: Jean-Louis Cohen, Architecture in Uniform
Monday, April 7, 2014: Charles Montgomery, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
Monday, May 12, 2014: Francoise Bollack and Kenneth Frampton, Old Buildings, New Forms
Monday, June 9, 2014: Hillary Brown, Next Generation Infrastructure
Tuesday, July 1, 2014: Mark Wigley and Michael Bell, Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering

This pro­gram is presented in conjunction with the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision

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