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UTSA hosts distinguished urban planner Alexander Garvin for Feb. 2 lecture

Alexander Garvin

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(Jan. 30, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy will present urban planner Alexander Garvin speaking on "Public Parks and Livable Cities" in the first installment of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture is expected to add momentum to the ongoing local discussion of San Antonio's urban redevelopment.

>> The free lecture is 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Frio Street Building Riklin Auditorium (1.406) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Garvin's urban planning and real estate career spans four decades and includes appointments in teaching, architecture and public service. He is president and CEO of Alexander Garvin & Associates, a New York-based planning and design firm. The firm works on projects of all sizes from small community spaces to large metropolitan projects and is especially adept at developing plans that have the support of local residents, business leaders, developers, architects and public officials. Garvin also serves as a Yale University adjunct professor of urban planning and management and has served on five city administrations.

In the past decade alone, Garvin has gained wide recognition for his participation in a variety of high-profile projects. In 2004, he studied the Atlanta Beltline and proposed the development of a series of parks around the city to add green space and promote livability for current and future residents. More recently, he contributed to the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after 9/11 as managing director of NYC2012, the committee that prepared New York City's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

A prolific author, Garvin's books are widely heralded by architects and urban planners across the nation. Titles include "Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities." "The American City: What Works, What Doesn't," among others.

"We are very excited about having Alexander Garvin kick off our distinguished lecture series," said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "His prominence in the field and vast experience in the areas of urban planning and public parks are sure to stimulate discussion and interest."

The UTSA College of Public Policy Dean's Lecture Series features scholars and policy analysts on a variety of major issues that affect the community, the nation and the world. For more information, contact Marian Bownds at 210-458-2566.









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