The Redwood City Forum Is Back!
- Hi Everyone,
I thought you would like to know that the Redwood City Forum is back! The first program of the season is next Thursday, October 2. Details are below.
Bye for now,
JOIN US FOR THE FIRST FORUM OF THE SEASON!
NOTE THE NEW DAY OF THE WEEK!
The City of Ideas
Robert S. Davis
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
The Little Fox Theatre, Downtown Redwood City, 2209 Broadway
$10.00 fee payable at door
NO RSVP REQUIRED
Architect, Developer and Urban Planner, ROBERT S. DAVIS will be kicking off the sixth season of “The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City Design” with a presentation on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008, from 6:00 - 7:45pm! Don’t miss this dynamic presentation on “THE CITY OF IDEAS.”
Since the early renaissance, as humanists began writing about the Citta’ Ideale (or “City of Ideas”), city building has looked to models like Pienza, Rome, Paris, Bath, Georgian London, Washington, the Chicago World’s Fair, Mariemont, and even Seaside for ideas about how to (re)make our towns and improve our lives. Each of these historical examples, as well as the words written by Alberti, Serlio, Burnham, Howard, Krier, Duany and others have much to teach those engaged in town building.
Robert Davis will explore the meaning and import of “cittá ideale” — Renaissance Humanism’s concept of the city. Heeding the humanist theories of Leon Battista Alberti and Sebastiano Serlio, Mr. Davis advises us to consider the “art of the possible”. Unlike “utopia,” the “cittá ideale” does not have to be perfect; in fact, the best examples (Pienza and Rome) maintained the existing medieval eccentricities that announced “character of place” while benefiting from periodic design interventions that aimed to make the city more legible, more livable and more elegant. The pre-existing town is still there, in all its ad hoc imperfection, and the beautiful street, square, obelisk, cathedral, and palazzo pubblico is made more interesting by its close proximity to the messy vitality of the pre-existing city.
About Robert Davis
Robert Davis is the founder of Seaside, Florida, described by Time magazine as “…the most astonishing design achievement of its era and one might hope, the most influential.” As the birthplace of a growing movement in land planning known as The New Urbanism, Seaside’s influence has spread widely and is helping to revolutionize town planning in America. Seaside has won numerous awards for its architecture and town planning and has been the subject of three books and countless articles.
Mr. Davis is a recipient of the Rome Prize, Florida’s Governor’s Award and Coastal Living’s Conservation Award for Leadership. He is a principal in The Arcadia Land Company, a firm specializing in town building and land stewardship. Mr. Davis was a founding Board Member and chair of The Congress For The New Urbanism (CNU); he is a current Board Member of The Seaside Institute, and 1000 Friends of Florida. He has served on Florida’s Environmental Land Management Study Committee to write and update Florida’s growth management legislation, on The Governor’s Council for Sustainable Florida, and on The Trust for Public Land’s Real Estate Advisory Board.
A graduate of Antioch College and the Harvard Business School, Mr. Davis is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and of the Institute of Urban Design. He lives with his wife Daryl, founder of Seaside’s downtown retail development and co-founder of Seaside, in Seaside and San Francisco. Their son, Micah, is a student at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
About The Forum
The Forum at Redwood City is held on the first Thursday of each month, from October through May. Communities By Design (CBD), a local nonprofit, and the City of Redwood City jointly produce the Forum, with assistance from Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc. (MIG). The fee for the Forum is $10 (payable at the door, checks or cash). The Forum is held at the Little Fox Theatre, located at 2209 Broadway in Redwood City. Doors open at 5:30pm. (Please note that due to State regulations, attendance at the Fox Theatre is limited to persons over 21.) The presentation and discussion is followed by an optional, no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant in downtown Redwood City. A flier for the event is attached.
Transportation: For those arriving by car, there is plenty of parking available within a comfortable walk of the Little Fox Theatre. Transit is also a great option, as the Little Fox is also only 2 blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain Station.
If you need any additional information, please contact Dan Zack at the City of Redwood City at (650) 780-7363 or dzack@....
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For summaries of past Forums, visit http://www.redwoodcity.org/forum
Please join us on October 2nd!
Dan Zack, AICP
Downtown Development Coordinator
Community Development Services Department
City of Redwood City
1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City CA, 94063
“Men do not love Rome because she is beautiful; Rome is beautiful because men have loved her.” -Leopold Kohr