New Urbanist Leader Andrés Duany to Speak in Downtown Phoenix

The Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (ASU) are  hosting a lectures in downtown Phoenix by new urbanist luminary Andrés Duany on Wednesday, October 13.

Duany and his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founded Duany Plater Zyberk & Company (DPZ) in 1980. DPZ became a leader in the national movement called the New Urbanism, which seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment.

The firm received international recognition in the 1980s as the designer of Seaside, Floridaand Kentlands, Maryland. Duany also led the development of comprehensive municipal zoningordinances that prescribe urban plans for a variety uses and densities.

Planning for the 21st Century

Duany will be speaking at the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL),  234 N. Central Ave, 8th fl. (map) at 2:00 pm on October 13th.

In this lecture, Andrés Duany will challenge us to look at the future of American cities in a new light. How do the current crises of global recession and climate change affect how we design and build cities? Sprawl is the least sustainable growth pattern, yet it still represents a major portion of the built environment – how will we adapt, repair, and rebuild it? Duany will propose new ideas and innovative strategies for rebuilding sustainable communities in the 21st century.

For those looking for a double dose of new urbanism, that morning you can hope on the light rail and catch Duany’s morning presentation on Agrarian Urbanism at ASU Tempe’s Memorial Union 230, Pima Auditorium (map) at 9:00 am.

Event flyer (pdf)

These lectures are free and open to the public. However, seating is limited.  So if you are interested in attending, RSVP to soon as it is expected to fill up fast.

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