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City Building for the 21st Century

City Building: Nine Planning Principles for the Twenty-First Century by John Lund Kriken.

John Lund Kriken, an internationally known urban planner and city designer, examines the best principles for designing cities in the 21st century in conversation with John King, an urban design critic from the San Francisco Chronicle.

John Lund Kriken is the founder of SOM's San Francisco-based Urban Design & Planning Studio. His city planning work has won more than 20 national awards from Progressive Architecture, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, among others. He has taught urban design at the University of California, Berkeley; Rice University; and Washington University.

Kriken will present his book City Building: Nine Planning Principles for the Twenty-First Century, a guide to green, user-friendly urban planning. The book examines the shortcomings of past approaches to city planning, as well as the practices common to present day successful city environments. The final section, "The City of the Future/The Future of the City", takes an optimistic look at the ways that cities can actually encourage the smart and sustainable use of resources and concludes with a call for a national planning process. Kriken will also show examples of projects in England, Bahrain, China and the U.S. including San Francisco's Treasure Island.

Co-hosted with the Mechanics' Institute Library.


Event Details

Tue 2 Aug 2011
6:00pm - 7:30pm

4th Floor Library and Cafe Room, Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room, 57 Post St #415, San Francisco, CA.

Asia Society and Mechanics' Institute members: Free. Non-members: $12. RSVP at [email protected] or (415) 393-0100.