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Fixing Your City: Creating Thriving Neighborhoods and Adapting to a Changing world
March 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Amid the headlines announcing disheartening stories about global warming, there is good news—while the challenges are real, so are the solutions.
Award-winning Portland urban architect George Crandall suggests practical responses in his groundbreaking book, Fixing Your City: Creating Thriving Neighborhoods and Adapting to a Changing World.
In an interactive presentation, Crandall will introduce a radical transformation strategy that will tackle the city’s toughest challenges, resulting in healthy places to live, work and play. He will give a compelling commentary that:
- Identifies a planning process that offers solutions to critical urban issues, using examples from the city of Portland.
- Addresses climate change and congestion with an integrated land use/transportation strategy that reduces transportation carbon emissions by 50 percent by shortening and eliminating auto trips.
- Proposes a new class of professionals, urban architects, who would design cities that work, both for residents and for our endangered earth.
Fixing Your City is finding a warm reception in Portland. Mayor Ted Wheeler has said in regard to Crandall’s proposals: “I believe that this (transformation) strategy will provide our city with innovative solutions for dealing with population growth, congestion, and global warming.”
Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, and founder of 350.org, says this about Fixing Your City: “Cities are going to have to transform themselves if we’re to make the progress we need in the climate fight—transform themselves to deal with the trouble now coming, and transform themselves to cause less damage. George Crandall reminds us that along the way these kinds of repairs can also produce cities that are more fun to inhabit.”
For over 40 years, George Crandall has been involved in the life of U.S. cities, both as an architect and urban designer, and as a passionate and dedicated citizen activist. In 1998, he founded the Portland, Ore., consulting firm Crandall Arambula, the only firm in the nation that has the singular focus of revitalizing cities. Many of the firm’s projects have received awards for their innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
Crandall earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, both from the University of Arizona. An FAIA, he has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations, and lives in Portland.
This event is free and open to the public. Crandall’s book “Fixing Your City” will be available for sale at the event as a fundraiser for EMO. This night only, 100 percent of the purchase price will go to support Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Creation Justice.