10.11.12 Lecture Series this THURSDAY: Phil Emmi, “Knowing and Valuing the Urban Realm”

Date – October 4, 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.

Time and circumstance may cause us to question whether human societies are capable of securing a future sufficient to sustain the further development of human values. In approaching this question we find that we now live between two worlds – one not yet fully exhausted and one not yet fully born. The former is increasingly fraught with paralyzing dilemmas and no longer offers either a clear focus or a full mobilization of effort. The latter is but a suggestive shade of things to come. Within these two worlds are different ways of knowing and, more fundamentally, different stages in the evolution of human values. In this presentation, Phil Emmi will identify the various dilemmas upon which we are presently stuck and what emergent ways of knowing and valuing might offer a way forward.

Philip Emmi is a Professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning and previously served as Professor in the Department of Geography where he directed the University’s program in urban planning. His most recent work involves the application of systems thinking and the dynamic simulation of urban systems to the analysis of urban land use and transportation, the energy requirements of alternative urban development strategies, and the role of cities in the production of global greenhouse gases.

Emmi has served as an advisor to the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, has been awarded the Lowell Bennion Community Service Professorship, and participated as co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant. He chairs an intercollegiate committee that administers an interdisciplinary certificate program in the Adaptive Management of Environmental Systems. He publishes and lectures widely and has been the recipient of the Juan Casalduero Fellowship to Spain, a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Award to Barcelona, and seven summer research fellowships at the Swedish National Institute for Building Research.

Emmi holds a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) from Harvard, a Masters of Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, also from Chapel Hill. He served in the Peace Corps in Chile where he worked with municipal and national planning agencies. In addition to the University of Utah he has taught at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the University of Southern California’s School of City and Regional Planning.

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.