10.11.12 Lecture Series this THURSDAY: Michael Larice, “A Rebirth in City-Making”

Date – September 6, 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.

The planning field is experiencing, once again, a fundamental redirection with respect to planning and city-making. The data-heavy comprehensive plans of past generations — which concentrated on one-size-fits-all processes and overly safe yet unreachable goals — are being eclipsed by a new set of more nimble and promising planning products. In cities across the continent, planning is being reconceived through civic engagement, visioning exercises, and a rediscovery of project and neighborhood-level planning. By focusing on smaller geographies, catalytic projects, new collaborations. and measurable outcomes, savvy planners and cities are pressing for success over stasis. Part of this can be explained by the dispiriting difficulties in addressing society’s “wicked problems” and another part can be explained by the social and economic demands for valued places, innovative design, and urban dynamism. This talk will focus on three trends in city planning that are helping to remake the field, as well as our cities and communities.

Michael Larice is an Associate Professor of Urban Design and City Planning. Although he is an architect, city planner, and urban designer – he is primarily an urbanist. His professional and academic work focuses largely on the urban design of livable places — streets, housing, neighborhoods and cities. He takes a comparative approach in teaching and research to help better understand the various urbanisms and urban theories that operate concurrently across the country and around the world – how places overcome struggle, why they survive, and what makes them thrive. In his teaching he stresses the importance of contextual response and inter-disciplinary collaboration for the success of projects and their sustainability over time. Many of his urban design studios are partnered with clients trying to solve very real public realm and development problems; among these clients are the cities of Abu Dhabi, UAE; Oranjestad, Aruba; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Larice’s current work includes articles on indirect urban design practice, a history and theory of livability, and comparative neighborhood form. He is also working on a second edition of the popular The Urban Design Reader with co-editor Elizabeth Macdonald of UC Berkeley (forthcoming 2012), which provides a collection of important historical and contemporary literature that describes and defines the field of urban design.

Larice holds a Ph.D. in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Design from UCLA. He has taught urban design, city planning, comparative housing, and international development at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of British Columbia, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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.