NOW Urbanism lecture and panel this week

The urban age has been a long one. In 1900, only sixteen cities in the world had populations of one million people or more. By 2000, there were 417. In 1950, only one city in the world had a population of over ten million people; today, there are 19 megacities.
Building the rubric of Now Urbanism, we must move beyond visions of cities that disregard the richness and complexity of the present: NOW. Urban is not the form of human settlement. Urban is a way of looking at the world. Now Urbanism is a critical and complex practice that is simultaneously local, regional, and global.

Environmental Urbanism: Ecological Design for Healthy Cities
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 – 6:30 PM, Architecture 147

This panel is part of the 2010-2011 John E. Sawyer Seminar in the Study of Comparative Cultures at the University of Washington and features guest speaker Randolph Hester, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley.

Environmental Urbanism: Ecological Design For Healthy Cities
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 6:30 PM, Kane 120

What does it mean to envision a healthy city – one that nurtures both people and the environment? Environmental Urbanism acknowledges and embraces the relationships between people and their material surroundings. This session will explicitly consider how the human processes of city making involve an ongoing negotiation with various non-human elements– soils, water, atmosphere, and animals. By considering the intended and unintended effects of urbanization, our goal is to better understand how and to what extent we can intentionally shape future urban landscapes.

This panel is part of the 2010-2011 John E. Sawyer Seminar in the Study of Comparative Cultures at the University of Washington and features guest speakers Chris Reed, STOSS, Boston; Randolph Hester, Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley; and Howard Frumkin, Dean, UW School of Public Health. Panel moderated by Peter Steinbrueck, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies.

For more information about either of these events, please email sawyersem@uw.edu or visit the NOW Urbanism website at http://www.nowurbanism.org/

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