Toward a Just Metropolis Comes to the Bay Area

May 26th, 2010

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Laura Leone @ 11:41 am









Crisis is an opportunity for positive change.  With this spirit we look forward to the Toward a Just Metropolis Conference June 16-20, 2010 that New Village is cosponsoring at the University of California Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. The conference will be a one-of-a-kind convergence of  five well-known national planning organizations, Planners NetworkYoung Planners Network, the Association for Community DesignArchitects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) / New Village Press, and The Center for the Living City, attracting progressive urban leaders from across the country to explore how economic and environmental challenges can spur cities into becoming more equitable and sustainable. The conference is open to citizen activists as well as professionals and students, with registration for two-day classroom sessions June 18th/19th an option to full conference registration. We heartily invite all of our readers to attend! 

• Agenda highlights include a Regional Dialogue on Community Planning, hosted by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), from 6-9pm, Thursday, June 17th at the MetroCenter in Oakland. The Dialogue will focus on San Francisco’s ten-year planning effort to balance local and regional sustainability goals. Input will go toward ABAG’s Sustainable Communities Strategy, a key component of recent state legislation (SB 375) that will frame the development of the region over the next decades.

• In addition to receptions and plenaries, workshops, papers, panels, and posters with more than 200 presenters from 7 countries, 50 organizations, and 45 universities, the conference will feature 11 participatory Mobile Workshops held in cooperation with community organizations in the East Bay.

• Participants and the public are also invited to enjoy a night of film, art, and live music performed by local artists, from 6–10pm at the Mission Cultural Center on Friday June 18th. The Bay Area Planners Network Chapter will host this celebration of the unique cultural evolution of the Bay Area, in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District.

• Saturday June 19th, 6-9pm, ADPSR will host its 2010 Lewis Mumford Awards at UC Berkeley’s Wurster Hall. Established by ADPSR in 1992, the annual award honors people and organizations in the areas of peace, protection of the natural and built environment, and socially responsible development.

• The conference will conclude with Sunday in the City, a day of fun urban adventure games, guiding participants across diverse neighborhoods by foot and public transit on June 20th from 1-4 pm.

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