Where We Want to Live – Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities

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    • Friday April 15, 2016
      2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Location: Architecture East Auditorium, Georgia Tech
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Tia Jewell, tia.jewell@coa.gatech.edu
Jessie Brandon, jessie@coa.gatech.edu


Summary Sentence: Beltline Mastermind Ryan Gravel (MCRP + M.Arch '99) will discuss his new book, Where We Want to Live. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

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Ryan Gravel is an urban planner, designer, and author working on infrastructure, concept development, and policy as the founder of Sixpitch. His master’s thesis launched the Atlanta Beltline, which after fifteen years of progress, is changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Alongside other projects at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, Ryan’s forthcoming book, Where We Want to Live – Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities (March, 2016), investigates this cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.

Where We Want to Live gives a fresh take on the future of cities investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how a more thoughtful design for the construction of our lives can illuminate a brighter path forward. By invoking examples as wide-ranging as the small and elegant High Line in New York City to the revitalization of the vast and unruly Los Angeles River, Ryan will describe how people everywhere are already reclaiming obsolete infrastructure as renewed conduits of urban life. More than individual projects, he argues, they represent an emerging cultural momentum that allows us to forget tired old arguments about traffic, pollution, blight, and sprawl, and instead leverage those conditions as assets in the creation of something far more interesting than anything we’ve seen so far.

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In Campus Calendar

College of Design, School of City & Regional Planning, CQGRD - Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, School of Architecture

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
Architecture, beltline, book talk, Cities, College of Architecture, gravel, planning, urban design
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  • Created On: Mar 16, 2016 - 5:33am
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:16pm