Fall Celebrations

October 18th, 2012

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons, Newsletters— Megan Holmes @ 9:20 am





New Village wishes everyone an abundant fall season and celebrates the good tidings of our authors, books, and community!

Ron Shiffman To Be Awarded 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership

New Village author, editor, and program collaborator Ronald Shiffman will receive the prestigious 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership for his tireless commitment to community development this November 14th in New York City.

For more than fifty years, Shiffman has been working to promote community-based activism. His efforts to rebuild Bedford-Stuyvesant through economic development programs inspired the creation of the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development, which he co-founded in 1964. The Center continues to empower low- and moderate-income communities. Shiffman was previously a recipient of ADPSR’s Lewis Mumford Award.

As lead editor of New Village’s Fall 2012 title Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space, Shiffman will speak about the book on October 19th at the 2012 MAS (Municipal Art Society) Summit for New York City.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Ron!

Mindy Thompson Fullilove Elected Public Director of the American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, will serve as Public Director from December 2012 through December 2015. We are delighted Dr. Fullilove has been given this important AIA advisory role—she has unique and profound wisdom to offer architects and planners.

Dr. Fullilove is a leading social psychiatrist, who identifies the social, economic, and physical segregation of US cities as the most pressing public health problem of our time. She is a contributing author to New Village titles What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs and Beyond Zuccotti ParkNew Village is especially honored to publish her forthcoming book— Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities—in March 2013.

Hooray, Mindy!


Sharon Danks Accepts 2012 ASLA Professional Award in Communications

Our author Sharon Danks mounted the stage during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO presentation of the ASLA Professional Awards in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 1st to receive a much deserved ASLA Professional Award in Communications for her book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Sharon also continues to diligently further the work of the International School Grounds Alliance, which she founded.

Kudos to Sharon!


Beyond Zuccotti Park Book Launch and Exhibition a Hit in New York

The Oculus Book launch for Beyond Zuccotti Parkat AIA’s Center for Architecture in New York was the best-attended book event they’ve ever held, and the Center’s “Public Space Today” symposium the following Sunday also boasted a full crowd and provocative discussion. The Center also produced an exhibition calledBeyond Zuccotti Park (see visitors above) about the book. This successful September ended with Beyond Zuccotti Park cohosting lighthearted fun at Van Alen Books with Occupy Town Square for a Pop-Up Salon celebrating International Park[ing] Day!

Beyond Zuccotti Park is also attracting great press. Note these selected review excerpts:

  • New York Times’s Urban Affairs Correspondant Sam Roberts released a  mini-review in his Friday BookShelf column, calling Beyond Zuccotti Park a “timely perspective on public protest.”
  • “The essays are as eclectic as the writers’ viewpoints, making them rich and provocative. . . . The concepts of public commons and the agora became part of the conversation not only within the context of cultural citizenship, but also in the vital role design plays in forming the public sector.” AIANY Oculus Book Review
  • “Dedicated to ‘our grandkids, their friends, and their generation’, the collection of works truly takes a visionary approach by offering solutions and recommendations to the problem of decreasing public engagement for current and future generations. Anyone who wishes to spark change and engage ordinary citizens in a discourse that is rightfully theirs will be inspired by this book.” This Big City

We are grateful for the fruits of our community.

In peace and appreciation,
Lynne, Laura, and Megan

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