Reading Beyond Death and Life
You'll learn about:
· How Jane Jacobs became an influential urbanist, inspiring activist, and successful author for more than 40 years.
· What “import replacement” means and why it is essential in economic development.
· Why city economics are important, and how national economic policies are often harmful.
· What are the essential—but competing—morals of work, and why we should understand them.
· What are the warning signs of a declining civilization and what we should do about it.
· The value of reading for personal and professional development.
Jane Jacobs has arguably been the most notable urbanist, activist, and author within the modern era of urban planning. Yet few planners have ventured beyond her 1961 classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Why? In response to that question, panelists from various cultural, educational, and professional perspectives will share what they have gleaned from studying Jacobs’ canon of work. Attendees will learn how Jacobs rose to notoriety, what books she wrote, the topics she addressed, and whether her work is relevant for planners today. Discussion topics will include urban history, city economics, community values, and cultural observations.
, Clemson University School of Architecture
Confirmed SpeakerPeter L. Laurence, PhD, is the Robert Mills Associate Professor of Architecture and director of Graduate Studies at Clemson University School of Architecture. He studied architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design and architectural history at University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Becoming Jane Jacobs, an intellectual biography of city planning theorist Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Confirmed SpeakerJames Anglesey is a recent graduate (May 2017) of the University of Utah's College of Architecture and Planning. As a result, James has received a Bachelor's of Science in Urban Ecology. James has experience in general, comprehensive, and values-based planning through planning workshops and courses. He recently completed assisting the City of Uintah, Utah in updating their general plan. He assisted this community with engaging in the planning process and helped make plans based off of the community's values. In addition, James has recently completed an internship with the Salt Lake City Planning Department. James is interested in small town planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation. He is currently pursuing a career where he can be involved in place-making, creating and preserving places that are worth caring about. With a strong interest in design, James hopes to further his skills in urban design and planning with a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture at Utah State University.
, University of Pennsylvania
Confirmed SpeakerXiaoxia Dong is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. Through his research he explores how the potential of new transportation technologies and services such as driverless cars and ride-hailing can be maximized to create accessible and sustainable urban environment. Xiaoxia has a BA degree in Urban Planning from the University of Utah and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a transportation planner at Fehr and Peers. He also interned at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Beijing after college.
Dina Williams Blaes
, The Exoro Group
, Salt Lake City
Confirmed SpeakerDina Williams-Blaes is the Chief Administrative Officer of The Exoro Group, a public policy and strategic communications firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to her position at The Exoro Group, she served for 13 years as the President & CEO of Preservation Solutions, a firm providing comprehensive historic preservation and urban planning services to private, non-profit, and government clients in the Intermountain West. She also served as the Assistant Director of Utah’s only statewide non-profit Historic Preservation organization, Utah Preservation (formerly the Utah Heritage Foundation). She is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Master of City & Metropolitan Planning and received a BA from Columbia University in Art History & Archeology with an emphasis in Architectural History. She also studied Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design at The New School. In 2014, she was appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to serve on the Utah Board of State History, which she currently chairs.
, Herriman City
Confirmed SpeakerSince 2007, Michael Maloy, AICP, has worked for Salt Lake City where he is engaged in current and long range planning duties, as well as historic preservation. In 2009, he was also hired as Adjunct Instructor by the City & Metropolitan Planning Department at the University of Utah to create and instruct a course on planning literature. Overall, he has worked for 5 different communities within the Salt Lake City metropolitan area and has 20 years of professional experience in city planning. Michael is a member of the Executive Committee of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Utah) and serves as co-editor of Utah Planner, the official newsletter of APA Utah, and Committee Chair of National Community Planning Month. Within his own community, he serves on the Board of the North Tooele City Special Service District. Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning from the University of Utah.
, City of Taylorsville
Confirmed SpeakerMark McGrath, AICP, is the Director of Community Development for the City of Taylorsville, Utah. In that role he oversees the Planning, Neighborhood Services, and Business License Divisions of the City. Mr. McGrath is also co-editor of Utah Planner, the official publication of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-Utah), a member of the APA-Utah executive committee, and an associate instructor at the University of Utah Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. Prior to his appointment at Taylorsville in 2000 he served as the City Planner for the City of Midvale for nine years. Mr. McGrath is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BS in Urban Planning and was certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in 2000.