Livability in the District: The Human Scale Film Showing and Panel Discussion

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Thursday, August 24, 2017, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 24, 2017, 8:30 p.m. EDT

Washington, DC, United States

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The current and future status of the livability of cities around the world continues to be one of the biggest challenges for city-makers -- and the District is no different. This first part of this event will frame and provoke a panel discussion about the specific livability challenges DC faces today, what the priority initiatives should be, and what is the city working towards now. The second part of the event is a public showing of the film "The Human Scale", which poses similar questions to cities and city makers around the world. Lastly, the film will be followed up with a brief Q&A session with the panelists.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

1. Provoke questions of livability and spatial equity;

2. Establish a dialogue about the future of the city from a range of perspectives;

3. Challenge the embedded assumptions of obsolete city-making; and

4. Describe how city-making principles that prioritize humans can be applied to DC.

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Susan Piedmont-Palladino


Kristopher Takacs

Kristopher Takacs joined SOM in 2004 and leads the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. As an architect and an urban designer, Takacs brings more than 20 years of professional experience supporting a broad cross section of public institutions and authorities, private sector developers, and public-private partnerships. He is recognized ... Read More

Eric Shaw

Eric D. Shaw was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as Director of the DC Office of Planning January 2015. As director he manages a staff of 75 who are responsible for neighborhood and systems planning, urban design strategies, data and mapping, historic preservation and development review. Shaw also ... Read More

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