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2014 Utzon Lecture Series Launch / Seventh Annual Paul Reid Lecture in Urban Design

2014 Utzon Lecture Series Launch / Seventh Annual Paul Reid Lecture in Urban Design

A Country of Cities - Building Hyperdensity and Civic Delight

Vishaan Chakrabarti, Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development

6.00 for 6.30pm, Wednesday 5 March 2014
Leighton Hall, Scientia, UNSW

Abstract: Because hyperdensity — defined as density sufficient to support subways — contributes to the health, prosperity, and sustainability of cities, the densification of our built and social environments will to a large extent determine our strength as a nation. Compared to most forms of human habitation, dense cities are the most efficient economic engines; they are the most environmentally sustainable and the most likely to encourage joyful and healthy lifestyles. So, how do we build delightful cities that make us more prosperous, ecological, fit and equitable? This lecture will lay out the factors that impede hyperdensity in our cities today, and the conditions necessary to create hyperdense environments in the future, including great design, responsible preservation and sound urban planning. Read more.

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and the Director of CURE., the Center for Urban Real Estate, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. An experienced architect, planner, and developer, Chakrabarti has transformed the Masters of Science in Real Estate Development into a curriculum dedicated to smart growth policies locally, nationally, and globally, with an emphasis on training students to synthetically tackle the three pillars of urban real estate, namely, the financial, the physical, and the transactional. Simultaneously, Chakrabarti is a Partner at SHoP Architects where he advances large-scale projects worldwide. One of seven partners committed to proving that intelligent, exciting, evocative design can be done in the context of real world constraints, he adds to SHoP’s already diverse internal knowledge base and highlights the curiosity and creative thinking essential to groundbreaking design and urban development.


The Paul Reid/Utzon Lecture will be followed by the official opening of the MUDD 19 Exhibition 2013/14

Exhibition Opening Night
Ground Floor Gallery
Faculty of Built Environment
Red Centre West Wing, UNSW

Exhibition dates 6 — 28 March 2014

This Utzon Series lecture is presented with the support of:

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