The A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) will host the Fourth National Symposium on New Urbanism Feb. 810.
Subtitled Regional, Environmental, Social and Architectural Justice, the symposium continues the provocative series of conferences that have been held at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.
More than 30 leading advocates and critics of New Urbanism from throughout the country will speak and serve on panels. They include:
The event opens with a reception and panel the evening of Feb. 8 in the Rackham Bldg., followed by sessions Feb. 9 at the Art and Architecture Bldg. and Feb. 10 at the Rackham Bldg.
Panels will focus on the topics of environmentalism, regionalism, social equity and architectural design. These issues have generated controversy both inside and outside the New Urbanism movement and throughout contemporary architectural and planning practice.
This is a critical moment in the history of the American city, as it is challenged by depopulation, deindustrialization and suburban sprawl, says CAUP Dean Douglas S. Kelbaugh. Were bringing together some of the deepest thinkers, brightest minds and top practitioners in the field to speak on these issues. They will examine the New Urbanism as it intersects with modernist urbanism.
New Urbanism seeks to revitalize urban centers, establish a sense of community and coherence to existing neighborhoods and in new developments, and conserve natural environments. Its about the contemporary lifestyle and how to design and make community, says Kelbaugh, one of the movements pioneers.
Participants will discuss problems, such as racial/economic segregation, and proposed solutions that divide Detroit and other metropolitan areas, particularly in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Each session includes time for questions and comments from the audience.
In addition to Kelbaugh, U-M faculty participating in the symposium include Scott Campbell, assistant professor of urban planning; Robert Fishman, professor of architecture; David Scobey, associate professor of architecture and director of the Arts of Citizenship Program; Robert Levit, assistant professor of architecture; and Joan Nassauer, professor of landscape architecture.
The symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the President, the U-M Erb Environmental Management Institute and the Congress for the New Urbanism. It is open to faculty, students and the general public. For more information, call (734) 764-1300 or visit the Web at www.caup.umich.edu/news/events/newurb.symp.html.