The Forum, Thursday October 2nd
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The City of Ideas
Robert S. Davis
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
The Little Fox Theatre <http://www.foxdream.com/> , Downtown Redwood
City <http://www.redwoodcity.org/downtown> , 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 âThe Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing
Conversation on City Designâ with a presentation on THURSDAY,
OCTOBER 2, 2008, from 6:00 - 7:45pm! Donât miss this dynamic
presentation on âTHE CITY OF IDEAS.â
Since the early renaissance, as humanists began writing about the
Cittaâ Ideale (or âCity of Ideasâ), city building
has looked to models like Pienza, Rome, Paris, Bath, Georgian London,
Washington, the Chicago Worldâs 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 âcittÃ¡
idealeâ â" Renaissance Humanismâs concept of the
city. Heeding the humanist theories of Leon Battista Alberti and
Sebastiano Serlio, Mr. Davis advises us to consider the âart of
the possibleâ. Unlike âutopia,â the
âcittÃ¡ idealeâ does not have to be perfect; in fact,
the best examples (Pienza and Rome) maintained the existing medieval
eccentricities that announced âcharacter of placeâ 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
About Robert Davis
Robert Davis is the founder of Seaside, Florida, described by Time
magazine as ââ¦the most astonishing design achievement of its
era and one might hope, the most influential.â As the birthplace
of a growing movement in land planning known as The New Urbanism,
Seasideâs 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, Floridaâs
Governorâs Award and Coastal Livingâs 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 Floridaâs Environmental
Land Management Study Committee to write and update Floridaâs
growth management legislation, on The Governorâs Council for
Sustainable Florida, and on The Trust for Public Landâs 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
Seasideâs downtown retail development and co-founder of Seaside,
in Seaside and San Francisco. Their son, Micah, is a student at St.
Johnâs 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@...
PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT! Please share this information with your
colleagues who might be interested in attending.
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
âMen do not love Rome because she is beautiful; Rome is beautiful
because men have loved her.â -Leopold Kohr
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