February 26, 2009

Planning Learned from Studying Ancient Cities

CHICAGO — Travel back to 3500 B.C. to learn about urban planning in some of the world's first cities in ancient Mesopotamia at the next Tuesdays at APA forum.

Geoff Emberling, archaeologist and museum director at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, will discuss ancient Mesopotamian urban development on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 5–6 p.m., at APA's Burnham Conference Center, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600

The event is free and open to the public.

Emberling will discuss Uruk, city of the legendary king Gilgamesh, as well as recently identified early cities of northern Mesopotamia. He alsoll show how cities developed through thousands of years of Mesopotamian history, ending with the capital cities of the Assyrian empire.

Emberling has directed excavations at Tell Brak in northeastern Syria and in Sudan.

Tuesdays at APA is a monthly after-work lecture and discussion series. Each month, practicing planners and researchers discuss the latest ideas, concepts and research in the planning field. For upcoming events, visit www.planning.org/tuesdaysatapa or call 312-431-9100. Podcasts of previous events are available through iTunes.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org