Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Talk and Book Signing: Jeff Speck, Walkable City Rules at Politics and Prose, Union Market

At the presentation yesterday, which was too brief, but had some great nuggets, including a kind of monumentally designed stairwell/ elevator bank for the LIRR railroad station at Wyandanch, New York, remaking the area over as transit oriented, which was actually designed by Jeff Speck, he mentioned that he's also speaking today.

The stairwell is a kind of clock tower with no clock or a campanile or a church tower with no bell.

 The stained glass windows effect is pretty amazing, even if the pillars fronting the structure are probably a bit overstated. The artistic elements of the parking structure were funded through the MTA Arts & Design initiative, with the work, "Just Jazz" having been created by artist Moe Brooker.

He called it a more traditional book reading, but it's still only an hour, so not much chance to get substance, but still enough time to get a good idea or two. (Ironically, I was one of the people that helped "save" the Union Market district, although in the process it is being significantly changed.)

Saturday, November 3, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Politics and Prose
Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20008

From the Museum website:
Join urban and architectural designer Jeff Speck, popular author and TED Talk speaker, for an illustrated tour through recent projects featured in his new book Walkable City Rules, 101 Steps to Making Better Places. Speck hopes the book will be a resource that inspires cities and citizens to usher in an era of street life in America. Following the talk, Speck signs copies of the book, available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

The book is published by Island Press.

I haven't written a review yet. I figure I need to read the first book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, as well. Clearly, other people have thought the same since it's mostly checked out at various DC and Montgomery County library branches. ... off to the Library of Congress.



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