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URBANISM(S): Sustainable Cities for One Planet

November 9, 2012 - November 10, 2012
Sam Fox School campus

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URBANISM(S): Sustainable Cities for One Planet is part of a series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Master of Urban Design program in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Founded by Fumihiko Maki and Roger Montgomery in 1961, the program is the second oldest in the nation. Alumni are now at major planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design practices around the world.

The intent of the symposium is to discuss and debate the future of urban design education and practice in a rapidly urbanizing world—a world that is increasingly socially complex, economically integrated, and challenged by vast shifts in natural resources. Architect Thom Mayne will deliver the keynote lecture, which will include work from his recently published book Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form. Other speakers such as Marshall Brown, Teddy Cruz, Chris Reed, Ken Greenberg, Mitesh Dixit, Felipe Correa, Douglas Voigt, Eric Zencey, Nan Ellin, Eric Mumford, John Hoal, Darrick Borowski, and Shawn Rickenbacker will participate in sessions focused on a wide range of current topics in global urbanism and sustainable cities.

The Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design would like to recognize John and Anabeth Weil, along with the following sponsors, for their generous support of this event: Christner, Inc., HOK, SOM, Arcturis, and The Lawrence Group

All sessions during the two-day symposium, including a closing reception, are free and open to the public, but we request that you RSVP to samfoxschool@wustl.edu. A tentative schedule is listed below, but please check back often for updates on speakers and sessions. To view bios for the participants, click on their names below or visit our participant bios page.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9

10:30a-Noon  Check-In
Steinberg Hall Gallery

11a-Noon  Welcome Reception
Kemper Art Museum

Bruce Lindsey, E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration and dean, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Washington University

John Hoal, associate professor and director, Master of Urban Design program, Washington University

Curator-Led Tour of Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
Peter MacKeith, associate professor and associate dean, Sam Fox School; adjunct associate curator for architecture and design, Kemper Art Museum

Noon-1p  Presentation
Steinberg Auditorium

WU_MUD@50: Urbanisms of the Midwest
Eric Mumford, professor of architecture, Washington University

Reflections on the urban development of St Louis, Detroit, and Chicago as cities of the American Midwest, placing the evolution of the discipline of urban design—including the fifty-year trajectory of the program at Washington University—in relation to the development of urbanism as a design field, as manifested in these metropolitan environments.

1-1:30p  Box Lunches
Steinberg Hall Gallery

1:30-3:15p Concurrent Session One

Innovative Cities
Kemper 103, Kemper Art Museum
Moderator: Henry S. Webber, executive vice chancellor for administration, Washington University
Panelists: Robert M. Lewis, principal and president, Development Strategies
Douglas Voigt, director of urban design and planning, SOM
Eric Zencey, fellow, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont; visiting associate professor of historical and political inquiry, SUNY Empire State College International Program in Prague

An Innovative City is where active and explicit strategies create open-mindedness and experimentation to mobilize the full potential of its human resources, allowing quick response to technological and societal change, with the intention of maintaining or enhancing the city's economic competitiveness.

Digital Cities
Room 113/115, Givens Hall
Moderator: Kathryn Dean, JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor of Architecture and director, Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Washington University
Panelists: Darrick Borowski, co-founder, Edible Infrastructures; creative director, JPDA
Shawn Rickenbacker, partner, Rickenbacker + Leung; lecturer in architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Andy VanMater, lecturer in architecture, Washington University; architect, Cannon Design

A Digital City is an urban environment that maximizes and exploits the advancements in digital technology, data flows, communications, and infrastructure for the design, structure, use, and performance of the city, as well as to transform the way in which people define community, work, education, and social experiences.

Ecological Cities
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall
Moderator: Patty Heyda, assistant professor of architecture and urban design, Washington University
Panelists: Gale Fulton, assistant professor of landscape architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kees Lokman, assistant professor of landscape architecture, Washington University
Chris Reed, principal and founder, Stoss Landscape Urbanism; adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

An Ecological City is an urban environmental system that minimizes its ecological impact; where landscape and built form are balanced; and where buildings, landscapes, and infrastructures are self-sustaining, resilient, and resource efficient.

3:15-3:30p  Break
Steinberg Hall Gallery

3:30-5:15p  Concurrent Session Two

Creative Cities
Kemper 103, Kemper Art Museum
Moderator: Kristina Van Dyke, director, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
Panelists: Juan William Chávez, artist and cultural activist
Carmon Colangelo, dean, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and E Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts, Washington University
Bob Hansman, professor of architecture, Washington University

A Creative City explores and leverages its cultural resources inclusive of people's creativity, skills, and talents to improve the quality of life, strengthen a sense of community, provide economic development, and help define a shared identity for its citizens.

Social Cities
Room 113/115, Givens Hall
Moderator: Gautam N. Yadama, associate professor and director of international programs, Brown School of Social Work
Panelists: Marshall Brown, assistant professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Patty Heyda, assistant professor of architecture and urban design, Washington University
Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, lecturers in architecture, Washington University; founding partners, AGENCY Architecture

A Social City creates a healthy, vibrant habitat for people and is made through a people-centered, participatory approach to design, resulting in a more just, inclusive, connected, diverse city with a higher quality of life for its communities.

Infrastructural Cities
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall
Moderator: Paul J. Donnelly, Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, Washington University
Panelists: Felipe Correa, associate professor and director, Urban Design Degree Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; co-founder, Somatic Collaborative
Tim Gaidis, sustainable design practice leader, HOK St. Louis office
Derek Hoeferlin, assistant professor of architecture, Washington University

An Infrastructural City maximizes and leverages the efficiency of the multi-scalar urban systems and technologies that sustain the city in order to catalyze new hydrologic, ecological, and human occupations, as well as the place-making potential of the city.

5:30p Reception
Steinberg Hall Gallery
6:30p Keynote Address
Steinberg Auditorium

Introduction & Welcome
Robert McCarter, Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, Washington University

Fumihiko Maki Lecture
Thom Mayne, founder and design director, Morphosis
Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

*All events this day take place in Steinberg Hall

8:30-9a Continental Breakfast

9a-Noon  Urbanism(s): The Next 50
Moderator: John Hoal

Reflections on some of the key challenges posed to the discipline of urban design as it attempts to deal with the rapidly urbanizing world—a world that is increasingly socially complex, economically integrated, and challenged by vast shifts in natural resources—and one in which metropolitan cities will increasingly rise to prominence as the unit of production, home to the majority of people, and the defining element of a global society.

Good Urbanism
Nan Ellin, professor and chair, Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

Hyper Urbanism
Mitesh Dixit, design director, Claus en Kaan Architecten

Everyday Urbanism
Ken Greenberg, principal, Greenberg Consultants

Informal Urbanism
Teddy Cruz, principal, Estudio Teddy Cruz; professor in public culture and urbanism and co-founder, Center for Urban Ecologies (CUE), University of California, San Diego

Noon-1:15p  Lunch

1:15-4p  Forum: Urban Design @50+ Education, Research & Practice
Moderator: Bruce Lindsey
Panelists: Darrick Borowski, Marshall Brown, Felipe Correa, Teddy Cruz, Mitesh Dixit, Nan Ellin, John Hoal, Seng Kuan, Shawn Rickenbacker, Liang Liang (MArch/MUD student), Amanda Texas (MArch/MUD student)

Defining the opportunity, scope, and impact of urban design education and research at a time when there is a growing recognition in practice of the need for urban design in shaping, managing, and improving the quality of the urban world and a corresponding increase in the number of academic programs, research centers, and scholarship, as well as various types of urbanisms and calls for action—yet at the same time, acknowledging that the impact of urban design on the ground has not been substantial.

4-4:15p  Break

4:15-5p  MUD Reflections
Moderators: Bruce Lindsey and Dinos Michaelides, dean emeritus of architecture, Washington University

5-5:30p  Concluding Remarks
St. Louis in a Global World

5:30-6:30p  Symposium Reception

Sponsors

The Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design would like to recognize John and Anabeth Weil, along with the following sponsors, for their generous support of this event:

Christner, Inc.
HOK
SOM
Arcturis
The Lawrence Group

Parking at Washington University

Visitors to the Washington University campus are encouraged to use the visitor parking meters located on campus or park in designated visitor parking lots. All visitor parking is indicated in purple on the Danforth Campus parking map. For full details about parking on campus, click here.

Visitors who park on campus during the weekend (from 6p Friday to 7a Monday) are permitted to park in yellow zones without displaying a parking permit (with the exception of the Danforth University Center Garage).

Washington University Sustainability Programming

URBANISM(S) is part of an extended series of programming by Washington University focused on sustainable cities.

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Ways of Seeing the City
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
On view through January 7, 2013

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Questions? E-mail samfoxschool@wustl.edu.

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