College of Visual & Performing Arts

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Urban Absorption in New Bedford: The Reuse of Abandoned Buildings and Vacant Land Since 1929

Date & Time: Thursday , 02/07/2013
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
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Location: UMass Dartmouth - Star Store [map it]*
Admission: Free!
Sponsored by: Art History Department - UMassD
Contact: Pamela Karimi
Description: Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP, is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and a Research Scientist at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University. He is the author of "Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt" (Routledge, 2011) and two other books examining the challenges of planning for post-industrial, shrinking cities will lecture on the reuse of abandoned buildings and vacant lands in urban settings.

In the face of substantial economic decline over the last eight decades, New Bedford has changed in many ways. The most astounding is how the physical form of the city has shifted in the wake of population loss: factories have been converted to apartment buildings, vacant lots turned into gardens. How has the physical DNA of the city been recoded, who led this process, what worked and what did not? Through detailed analyses of the history, politics, environment, and planning strategies of the city, Dr. Hollander is writing a book to answer these very questions. In this presentation, he offers early findings from his research.
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