Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism @ Peter Miller Books, Seattle [16 April]

Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism


45
16
April
17:00 - 19:00

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Peter Miller Books
304 Alaskan Way South, Seattle, Washington 98104
Please join Peter Miller Books and ARCADE in welcoming author and filmmaker Cassim Shepard, who will present ideas from «Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism» followed by a discussion with the audience.

How is a city made today? In his new book, «Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism,» Cassim Shepard argues that it’s not just the top-down planners, architects and elected officials and bottom-up community groups that shape our cities, but the large and unheralded group in between.

Shepard offers a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the contemporary city that focuses on emerging principles practiced by a diverse group of “citymakers” including landscape designers, housing advocates, hackers, architects, ecologists, community organizers, activists, artists, and more.

«Citymakers» takes stock of these diverse examples from New York City to suggest a series of ethical imperatives for how we think about and produce public space, infrastructure, information technology, and housing worldwide.

Cassim Shepard produces non-fiction media about cities, buildings and places. Trained as an urban planner, geographer, and documentary filmmaker, Shepard served as the founding editor-in-chief of Urban Omnibus, an online publication of The Architectural League of New York, where he spent six years working with hundreds of local architects, designers, artists, writers, and public servants to share their stories of urban innovation. His film and video work has been commissioned by and screened at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the United Nations, among many other venues around the world. He teaches in the Urban Design program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and has been a guest lecturer in the Cities Programme of the London School of Economics and a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He studied filmmaking at Harvard University, urban geography at Kings College London, and urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. «Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism,» published by Monacelli Press in 2017, is his first book.
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