10.11.12 Lecture Series THURSDAY: Nan Ellin, “Good Urbanism”

Date – August 30, 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.

We have the knowledge, the tools, and the will to make good places. Yet, the actual delivery of these places remains challenging and all too rare. In this lecture, Nan Ellin will advance a basic strategy for clearing the path toward good urbanism consisting of six steps: Prospect, Polish, Propose, Prototype, Promote, and Present. Anyone can walk this path, experts in the field of urbanism and others alike. The only precondition for stepping onto it is a willingness to go somewhere new.

Nan Ellin is Chair of the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. Ellin’s work in urban design, placemaking, community-building and university-neighborhood partnerships aims to enhance quality of life, specifically through improving the built and natural environments. She has developed a process for accomplishing this called VIDA: Visioning, Inspiring, Demonstrating, and Advocating. Most recently, Ellin applied this process with students and communities to introduce canalscape. This metropolitan initiative is leveraging the vast network of canals in the Phoenix region, originally built by early inhabitants over a millennium ago, by creating vital urban hubs where canals meet major streets. Canalscape is one of the Green Phoenix initiatives and was awarded an Arizona Humanities Council Grant and designated an Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Governor’s Centennial Commission.

Ellin’s book Postmodern Urbanism (1996) surveys and critiques urban design in the Western world from the late 1960s to 1990. She served as editor of Architecture of Fear (1997), an anthology about the relationship between fear and city-building. Integral Urbanism (2006) describes a potentially optimistic big picture currently unfolding in the United States and Western Europe, offering a primer on restoring health and well-being to the contemporary city by incorporating five qualities: hybridity, connectivity, porosity, authenticity, and vulnerability. Ellin’s new book, Good Urbanism,is forthcoming. Her collected public scholarship about Metropolitan Phoenix, Desert Urbanism, can be downloaded here (PDF file).

Ellin holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, an M.A. from Columbia University in Cultural Anthropology, and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Anthropology and Hispanic Studies.

The 10.11.12 lecture series is generously supported by APA Utah, EPG, FFKR Architects, Salt Lake City Corporation, the Utah Center for Architecture, and  VODA Landscape + Planning.