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Friday, March 23, 2007
5:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Humane Metropolis conference

"Pittsburgh: A more humane metropolis," a conference in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. EcoCity Cleveland's David Beach will speak.

Registration information.

Overview:

Four-fifths of Americans now live in the nation’s sprawling metropolitan areas, and half of the world’s population for the first time is now classified as “urban.” As metropolitan regions become the dominant living environment for humans, there is growing concern about how to make such places more habitable, more healthy and safe, more ecological, and more equitable --- in short, more “humane.”

Pittsburgh and its region are experiencing an economic, cultural, and environmental renaissance. In many respects, Pittsburgh is reinventing itself as a post-industrial metropolis based on new appreciation of its history, architecture, social diversity, cultural vitality, and environmental amenities. New energy is reflected in innovative partnerships involving government at all levels, private companies, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and citizen groups of all kinds.

This one-day course will explore new “pathways” by which Pittsburgh and other cities are becoming more “humane.” Topics to be considered will include urban stream and wetland restoration, urban gardens on vacant lots and school sites, promoting healthful outdoor activities (e.g. rail trails), brownfield reuse, environmental education, and designing people-friendly public spaces. The workshop will involve a series of speakers and panels, and provide opportunity for informal conversation. Presenters and discussants will include both local experts and invited speakers from other cities with significant experience to share. The program will balance practitioners, researchers, and citizen advocates from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. NGO staff and interested students are particularly welcome.

The workshop will be based in part on the new book: The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City (Rutherford H. Platt, Editor, University of Massachusetts Press and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2006). Participants will receive a copy of the book (including a companion 22-minute DVD), as well as selected course materials.

"Pittsburgh: A more humane metropolis," a conference in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. EcoCity Cleveland's David Beach will speak. Registration information. Overview: Four-fifths of Americans now live in the nation’s sprawling metropolitan areas, and half of the world’s population for the first time is now classified as “urban.” As metropolitan regions become the dominant living environment for humans, there is growing concern about how to make such places more habitable, more healthy and safe, more ecological, and more equitable --- in short, more “humane.” Pittsburgh and its region are experiencing an economic, cultural, and environmental renaissance. In many respects, Pittsburgh is reinventing itself as a post-industrial metropolis based on new appreciation of its history, architecture, social diversity, cultural vitality, and environmental amenities. New energy is reflected in innovative partnerships involving government at all levels, private companies, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and citizen groups of all kinds. This one-day course will explore new “pathways” by which Pittsburgh and other cities are becoming more “humane.” Topics to be considered will include urban stream and wetland restoration, urban gardens on vacant lots and school sites, promoting healthful outdoor activities (e.g. rail trails), brownfield reuse, environmental education, and designing people-friendly public spaces. The workshop will involve a series of speakers and panels, and provide opportunity for informal conversation. Presenters and discussants will include both local experts and invited speakers from other cities with significant experience to share. The program will balance practitioners, researchers, and citizen advocates from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. NGO staff and interested students are particularly welcome. The workshop will be based in part on the new book: The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City (Rutherford H. Platt, Editor, University of Massachusetts Press and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2006). Participants will receive a copy of the book (including a companion 22-minute DVD), as well as selected course materials.

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