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Planning in Barcelona - Exhibition and lecture at San Jose State University

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    The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University is pleased to announce an exhibition on nineteenth-century Barcelona planner
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      The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University
      is pleased to announce an exhibition on nineteenth-century Barcelona
      planner Ildefons Cerdà, an urban theorist and designer whose ideas are
      still highly relevant to contemporary planners. In conjunction with the
      exhibit, on March 25 there will a reception and public lecture on past and
      present planning in Barcelona. Information about these events can be
      found on the web at http://www2.sjsu.edu/depts/urbplan/SJSU/News/Cerda/index.htm, or in the email below.


      Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested,
      as we are eager to publicize these events.

      Asha Weinstein
      Assistant Professor
      San José State University
      One Washington Square
      San Jose, CA 95192-0185
      email: asha.weinstein@...
      phone: 408-924-5853

      _____________________________________________________________


      *** EXHIBIT: Cerdà: The Barcelona Extension

      WHO:

      Ildefons Cerdà, a pioneer of modern urbanism, was a civil engineer who
      devoted his life to the ideas and practice of developing livable
      communities.

      WHAT:

      The international traveling exhibit, which includes a three-dimensional
      model, covers the life and ideas of Cerdà. It details Cerdà's
      revolutionary 1859 plan for the expansion of Barcelona, Spain, and
      demonstrates why those plans remain relevant today, 140 years after they
      were drawn. The exhibit aims to demonstrate the current relevance and
      validity of Cerdà's ideas, which relate to serious problems facing urban,
      rural and metropolitan areas today.

      Sponsored by SJSU's Urban and Regional Planning Department, the exhibit is

      free and open to the public.

      WHEN:

      March 10 through April 24

      Mon. to Thurs., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      WHERE:

      San José State University
      Washington Square Hall, Second Floor



      *** RECEPTION/LECTURE: "Urban Planning and Design in Barcelona: An
      Exceptional Case?"

      WHO:

      Nico Calavita is a professor of City Planning and San Diego State
      University. His work includes research on planning in Barcelona.

      WHAT:

      Nico Calavita will give a lecture on the role citizens and planners played

      in shaping contemporary Barcelona over the last few decades, during which
      the city has undergone a remarkable renaissance.

      Sponsored by SJSU's Urban and Regional Planning Department, the reception
      and lecture are free and open to the public.

      WHEN:

      Thurs. March 25

      Reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
      Lecture at 7 p.m

      WHERE:

      San José State University
      Washington Square Hall, Second Floor

      Reception in room #216
      Public lecture in room # 207

      PARTICULARS:

      Cerdà predicted that mobility and ease of communication would be the main
      features of the "new civilization." His ideas shaped the 1859 project for
      the extension of Barcelona, which established the framework that sustains
      the outstanding urban quality of the city today. In his 1863 General
      Theory of Urbanization, Cerdà laid out basic urban planning principles
      such as the freedom of individuals and families within the home and the
      city, the separation of means of locomotion on any thoroughfare, high
      environmental quality standards, and the promotion of an egalitarian
      community and social reform through urban planning.

      Nico Calavita is a professor in the Graduate Program in City Planning at
      San Diego State University and an adjunct professor in the Urban Studies
      and Planning Program at the University of California San Diego. Professor

      Calavita's areas of interest include affordable housing and community
      development, growth management, the politics of growth, comparative
      planning, site planning and urban design. In his work, research and
      community service--based on equity planning principles--are inextricably
      linked. In addition to publishing in professional journals, his "Opinion"
      articles on growth and housing have appeared in The San Diego
      Union/Tribune and The Los Angeles Times.

      These events have been sponsored by the Casal Català del Nord de
      Califòrnia; FREIXENET USA; HMC Architects; Design, Community &
      Environment;
      and the Spanish Table.

      The exhibit has been currated by the Institut d'Estudis Territorials in
      Barcelona.


      For more information, please contact Professor Asha Weinstein, Urban and
      Regional Planning Department, at
      408-924-5853 or asha.weinstein@....
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