Monday, February 14, 2011

Planning as Storytelling: Sustaining America’s Cities

In June 2000 Barbara Eckstein (then an Associate Professor of English at The University of Iowa) and I conducted a two-day symposium entitled “Planning as Storytelling: Sustaining America’s Cities.” The symposium brought together urban practitioners such as urban and regional planners and urban social justice workers with scholars from the disciplines of urban history, literary narrative, and urban planning. In our view, this cross-disciplinary link of historical, literary, and planning narratives provided an unusual and much needed conversation. It brought the historian’s record of the past and the planner’s projection of the future together with the literary critic’s understanding that all such records and projections are constructed stories. It also extended the conversation beyond academia to include urban practitioners from Iowa and other states.

more about sustainability:

The Human Benefits of Green Building


Modelling Policies for Urban Sustainability

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