Please note that this Public Lecture will be held virtually via Zoom at the normal time [9 December, 2020 (Wednesday), 20:00 p.m.]
Please be ready 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
An interpretative look at the characteristic patterns of settlement and attitudes towards cities and urban life that are identified with American urbanization.
Without abandoning historical precedents, Americans have consistently sought alternative ways to form urban communities. Inspired by a body of ideals that became fundamental to the European Enlightenment, and soon after to the explosion of urban growth brought about by the Industrial Revolution, American cities heralded the arrival of the modern age. And this is key to their appreciation.
As American cities grew in emulation off and in contrast with older European counterparts, so today many cities globally seek inspiration from and attempt to improve upon the American urban experience. The talk will thus also introduce some comparisons and contrasts between American and contemporary Chinese urbanization. With some reflection on Professor Krieger’s role in the redesign of the Bund in Shanghai.
About the Speaker:
Prof. Alex Krieger is Research Professor of Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and principal at NBBJ, a global architecture and planning firm. He has directed urban design and urban waterfront projects in American and international cities, including the reconstruction of the Bund in Shanghai. Former chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Director of the Urban Design Degree Programs, and the Director of the NEA Mayor’s Institute on City Design, he remains an advisor to mayors and their planning staffs, and serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the U. S. Fine Arts Commission, appointed by President Obama in 2013.
Prof. Krieger’s most recent publication is: City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America From the Puritans to the Present, Harvard University Press, 2019.
He has written extensively on American urbanization.
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