Reminder: Global City Blues
Global City Blues: The Impact of Globalism on the Livability of Our Cities
Guest Speaker: Mr. Daniel Solomon
Wednesday, May 5, 2004
6:00pm to 7:45pm
The Little Fox Theatre, Downtown Redwood City
Communities By Design (CBD), a local nonprofit training and education organization, and the City of Redwood City will be holding another exciting educational forum on urban design on Wednesday, May 5, from 6:00 � 7:45 pm in Redwood City, CA. A flier for the event is attached.
Jointly produced by CBD and Redwood City, the goal of "The Forum at Redwood City" is to provide an on-going venue for professional-level education and dialogue about urban design issues. The Forum series is bringing the top names is the world of city design and planning to the Bay Area to discuss today�s hottest topics and most cutting-edge techniques.
The sixth event in this exciting series will feature a presentation on �Global City Blues: The Impact of Globalism on the Livability of our Cities.� A presentation will be made by the world-renowned San Francisco-based architect and urbanist, Mr. Daniel Solomon. Mr. Solomon will be sharing ideas from his new book, "Global City Blues" published in spring 2003 by Island Press. According to Robert Campbell, architect and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, "Dan Solomon is the most entertaining and literate of the ever-growing body of people who think the modernist city was a bad idea."
Mr. Solomon is an architect and urban designer whose 35-year career combines achievements in professional practice with academic pursuits of teaching and writing. His projects have been published in architectural journals worldwide and have been recognized with more than seventy-five awards. The main focus of his work has been residential architecture and the interaction between housing and urban design.
Daniel Solomon�s commitment to urban repair and the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his project work; he was one of the co-founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, an organization whose principles have helped shape the contemporary practice of community design.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear what promises to be an interesting and insightful presentation, and engage in a discussion with other decision makers and planning leaders from throughout the Peninsula and the greater Bay Area.
The fee for the Forum is $10 (payable at the door, checks or cash). Refreshments will be served. The Forum will be held at the fabulous Little Fox Theatre*, located at 2209 Broadway in rapidly revitalizing Downtown Redwood City.
The presentation and discussion will be followed by an optional, no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant in downtown Redwood City, so that interested individuals can join the guest speaker and other Forum participants for continued discussion and dialogue.
The target audience for the Forum includes planning directors, planning commissioners, city managers, and city council members from cities throughout the Bay Area, as well as urban designers, architects, planners, traffic engineers, and community leaders from the region. Students and faculty from planning and design programs are also encouraged to attend and will find the material very stimulating.
Please help us �get the word out� about this exciting event by sharing this information with your staff and colleagues who might be interested in attending.
The Forum at Redwood City is a professional-level monthly educational program, held the first Wednesday of every month (with a break for the summer). The Forum is jointly produced by Communities By Design and the City of Redwood City and is cosponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Local Government Commission.
The Forum has been a great success thus far and has been extremely well received by local decision-makers, planners and urban designers from throughout the Bay Area. The series started in December 2003 with Peter Katz of the Citistates Group, speaking on "Beyond Zoning: Form Based Coding. In January 2004, Michael Freedman of Freedman Tung & Bottomley gave a presentation on �Beyond Business Parks: The Workplace District in the 21st Century�. In February, Shelley Poticha, formerly Executive Director of the Congress for New Urbanism and now Executive Director of the Transit Oriented Development Center for Reconnecting America, spoke on "The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development." In March, Geoff Ferrell of Geoffrey Ferrell Associates in Washington D.C. gave a presentation on �Design Charrettes: A Public Participation Tool for Integrating Community Values into Design.� The April Forum featured Terry Bottomley of Bottomley Design and Planning, who addressed �El Camino Real: Can a Declining Main Street Become a Grand Boulevard?�
A flier for the event is attached. Please note there is a $10 entrance fee.
If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact me.
Dan Zack, AICP
Downtown Development Coordinator
City of Redwood City, Redevelopment Division
1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
* (Please note that due to State regulations, attendance at the Little Fox Theatre is limited to persons over 21.)