Neighborhood: The measure and meaning of an urban ideal

In the spirit of Jane’s Walk and Jane Jacobs herself, there’s a terrific series of events that’s just started at the University of Chicago, and will run for the next three weeks.

Two of the events have already happened, but there’s an exhibition on the subject of Neighborhoods: The Measure and Meaning of an Urban Ideal, curated by Emily Talen, FAICP, Visiting Professor, Committee on Geographical Studies, University of Chicago and Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, at the Gray Center Lab, 915 East 60th Street.  The exhibition runs until April 27.

The associated conference is organized by the University of Chicago Urban Network, and will take place on April 24 and 25.  The speakers will include:

  • Kenneth Jackson, director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History at Columbia University;
  • Andres Duany, founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company;
  • Doug Farr, founding principal of Farr Associates;
  • Eugenie Birch, the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education at the University of Pennsylvania;
  • Robert Chaskin, associate professor and the deputy dean for strategic initiatives at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA);
  • Deborah Gorman Smith, professor at the SSA and principal investigator and director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention;
  • George Galster, Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University and author of Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City;
  • Luc Anselin, a spatial scientist and director of the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at Arizona State University;
  • Sarah Williams, assistant professor of urban planning and the director of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning School;
  • John Logan, a professor of sociology at Brown University and director of Brown’s S4 initiative;
  • Richard Harris, a historical geographer and an associate of the department of history at McMaster University;
  • Scott Bernstein, president and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhood technology;
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Conference details are here:

The next few weeks will be especially busy, but I hope you’ll join me at the conference.  Happy Spring!