21st Century Urbanism: Integrating People, Infrastructure, Jobs and Environment
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:00pm
Feinstein Providence 80 Washington St, University of Rhode Island-Providence Campus, Providence, RI 02903, USA
The Feinstein Providence campus will conclude its yearlong series of urbanism programs with two panel discussions this spring examining the future of cities and the relocation of Route 195 in Providence.
Four urban theorists and practitioners will share their visions for how cities can be planned to celebrate diversity and culture while weaving together the interrelated needs of art, education, health and housing into a seamless experience. The program moderator will be Marc Levitt, host and co-executive producer of the WGBH radio program, Action Speaks.
Panelists for the discussion will be: Kaid Benfield, director of sustainable communities for the Natural Resources Defense Council
Laura Briggs, visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and chair of the Sustainable Architecture Research program at the New School for Design in New York City
Ruben Fores-Marzan, director of planning and development for the City of Providence who previously served as planning director for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Janet Zweig, a public artist often working in the field of “placemaking” who teaches at RISD and Brown University.
The final program in the series, a forum entitled “Where 195 Used To Be: A Community Exploration,” begins at 7 p.m. on May 14. It will feature a discussion of ideas about the future of Providence with members of the Route 195 Redevelopment Commission and planning professionals.
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