Faculty Lecture: Stephen Goldsmith, “Cities as Museums of Change”
Date – February 2, 2012
Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah
Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
One of celebrated writer Jane Jacobs’ most intriguing observations was the way that cities exist in time and space. Cities are fluid, not static, more of the stuff of movies than still photographs. The evolving scenes we all act in as we move through our places can be imagined as cinematic moments — dramatic, hilarious, frightening, delicious, responding to every dimension of our emotions, intelligence, even our bodies. This lecture will present observations of how our places perform and how we perform in our places. With a view of cities as ecological systems, we’ll explore the dynamic ways our places change in real time, moment-to-moment, hour-to-hour. The lecture will be illustrated with film, video examples of brilliant installations by artist/planner Candy Chang (who will speak as part of the CA+P lecture series on April 4), guerrilla gardening, and striking examples from cities around the world that are adapting to the challenges of our time.
Stephen Goldsmith is Associate Professor and Lecturer in the Department of City & Metropolitan and also holds an appointment as University Professor for Campus Sustainability. His work in the field has been across multiple disciplines. Prior to his position as Planning Director of Salt Lake City he was the founding director of Artspace, a Community Development Corporation creating affordable housing, live/work space, and incubator spaces for both for-profit and nonprofit businesses. During his 20 years as its director, he developed more than 400,000 square feet of mixed-use space, which has been recognized both locally and nationally for its innovation, architectural excellence and as an example of social and environmental responsibility. As a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Goldsmith conducted research on ways to change Low Income Housing Tax Credit policy to include mixed-use projects, as well as exploring the epidemiological impacts of the automobile.
Goldsmith’s work also includes award winning design collaborations on large scale, environmental installations. These include the daylighting of Salt Lake’s City Creek and transformation of a brownfield into a city park; his contextual, large-scale water features including Seven Canyons Fountain in Liberty Park, Headgates at the Salt Lake Community College, and an interactive, contemplative water feature at the entry to Primary Children’s Medical Center.
In addition to his university appointments, Goldsmith serves as the Executive Director of the Center for the Living City, a nonprofit organization created in collaboration with Jane Jacobs prior to her death in 2006. The Center’s purpose is to enhance our understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life and through it promote increased civic engagement. He recently created What We See: Advancing the Investigations of Jane Jacobs, a book celebrating Jacob’s ideas.