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Mon 08.12.2013

Oculus Book Talk: Vishaan Chakrabarti, "A Country of Cities"


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, AUGUST 12

Where: At The Center   

Vishaan Chakrabarti will present his new book A Country of Cities, published by Metropolis Books.

In A Country of Cities, Chakrabarti argues that well-designed cities are the key to solving America's great national challenges: environmental degradation, unsustainable consumption, economic stagnation, rising public health costs, and decreased social mobility. If we develop them wisely in the future, our cities can be the force leading us into a new era of progressive and prosperous stewardship of our nation.

In compelling chapters, Chakrabarti brings us a wealth of information about cities, suburbs, and exurbs, looking at how they developed across the 50 states and their roles in prosperity and globalization, sustainability and resilience, and heath and joy.

Counter to what you might think, American cities today are growing faster than their suburban counterparts for the first time since the 1920s. If we can intelligently increase the density of our cities as they grow and build the transit systems, schools, parks and other infrastructure to support them, Chakrabarti shows us how both job opportunities and an improved, sustainable environment are truly within our means.

In this call for an urban America, he illustrates his argument with numerous infographics illustrating provocative statistics on issues as disparate as rising childhood obesity rates, ever-lengthening automobile commutes, and government subsidies that favor highways over mass transit. The book closes with an eloquent manifesto that rallies us to build “A Country of Cities,” to turn a country of highways, houses, and hedges into a country of trains, towers, and trees.

Vishaan Chakrabart is the director of Columbia University’s Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE). In March 2012, Chakrabarti became a partner at SHoP Architects. An architect and planner, Chakrabarti has worked in both the public and private sectors: as a top executive at Related Companies; a director at the New York City Planning Commission; an associate partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; a transportation planner for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID - RSVP using the form to the right 
$10 for non-members - Tickets

Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee

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, July 8, 2013: Raymund Ryan, White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes
Monday, August 12, 2013: Vishaan Chakrabarti, A Country of Cities
Monday, September 9, 2013: David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge, New York and Los Angeles, The Uncertain Future
Monday, October 28, 2013: Phyllis Lambert, Building Seagram


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