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Rebuilding Shrinking Cities: Top Down or Ad Hoc?

Date & Time: Thursday , 03/14/2013
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
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Location: New Bedford Whaling Museum [map it]*
Admission: Free!
Sponsored by: Art History Department - UMassD
Contact: Pamela Karimi
Description: Almost fifty years ago, America’s industrial cities began shedding people and jobs, and the future of neighborhoods in these places is precarious. How we will rebuild shrinking cities and what urban design vision will guide their future remain contentious and unknown. With communities fearful of top-down planning, much hope today lies in small-scale, "tactical" strategies. Is informal urbanism the key to these places’ future, or will planners have to revisit the "bad old days" of top-down Modernism to save shrinking cities?

Brent D. Ryan is Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research focuses on emerging urban design paradigms, particularly in postindustrial cities. His book "Design After Decline: How America rebuilds shrinking cities," was published in 2012. He has worked as an urban designer in New York City, Boston, and Chicago, and has previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also Co-Director of the City Design Center. Ryan holds degrees from Yale University (1991), Columbia University (1994), and MIT (2002).
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