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Monday, October 31, 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Happy City


Charles Montgomery

Can the shape of a city make or break the happiness of its inhabitants? Award-winning journalist and urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery has spent the past half-decade searching for answers to that question, and finding them in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics. He has discovered a striking relationship between the design of our minds and the design of our cities, a concept he lays out in his forthcoming book, Happy City. His message is as surprising as it is hopeful: Doomsayers have warned that action to tackle the urgent challenges of climate change and energy scarcity will lead us into decades of hardship and sacrifice. But evidence suggests the opposite: that the green city, the low-carbon city and the happy city are the same place.


Sponsored by Landscape Structures


Tuesday, November 1, 8:00 am – 9:00 am

How Do We Shape the New American City?

San Francisco Chronicle Design Critic John King  will moderate a lively panel discussion among five  thought leaders in urban design, urban history,  sustainability, New Urbanism, and Landscape Urbanism. In addition to her design credentials, Diana Balmori has a PhD in urban history. Maurice Cox has served as mayor of Charlottesville, VA, and is the former director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts. Andres Duany cofounded the Congress for the New Urbanism. Laurie Olin is among the most prolific award winners in urban design today. Charles Waldheim chairs Harvard’s Graduate  School of Design and is an outspoken Landscape Urbanist.




John King, Hon. ASLA,
San Francisco Chronicle


Diana Balmori, ASLA
Balmori Associates


The Hon. Maurice Cox
University of Virginia


Andres Duany, FAIA, Duany Plater–Zyberk


Laurie Olin, FASLA,


Charles Waldheim, Affil. ASLA
Harvard Graduate School of Design


Sponsored by AECOM

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