L'Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design

2014 Lecture

May 28, 2014
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

Changing Cities

The rate of change affecting cities is increasing and our response must be to change cities intentionally. Economies become obsolete more quickly. Immigration increases throughout much of the world. Places evolve or change seemingly overnight. Climates become more volatile. Global urbanization continues at an unprecedented rate.

How do we intervene? Do we make wise choices, unfortunate ones, or just muddle through? Does innovation provide a path? Does equity provide a value basis for actions?

Yes, cities are changing. Decisions will be made. How do we change cities to assure better futures?

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W. Paul Farmer, FAICPW. Paul Farmer, FAICP

Paul Farmer is Chief Executive Officer of APA and AICP. Previously, he worked in senior management positions in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Eugene, Oregon. He also held academic positions at the University of Oregon, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Farmer has consulted in Asia, Europe, and North America and has written and lectured extensively. He has been awarded the status of Hon. ASLA by the American Society of Landscape Architects and Hon. RTPI by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Photo by Flickr user Robert S. Donovan: Shanghai, China

About the Lecture

 APA and National Building Museum logosThe American Planning Association and the National Building Museum established an annual lecture to draw attention to critical issues in city and regional planning in the United States. The lecture, named for Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who created the plan for Washington, D.C., features leading figures in planning, architecture, urban design, governance, and other fields.

The goal of the lecture series is to enliven national dialogue about urban and regional growth, while challenging individuals to create communities of lasting value for the 21st century and beyond.

Image: Jing'an Park, Shanghai, China. Photo by Flickr user Robert S. Donovan (CC BY 2.0).