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Jonathan Barnett to speak March 7 on San Antonio 2020 urban design goals


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(Feb. 22, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Architecture Spring 2012 Lecture Series will present "Meeting San Antonio's 2020 Urban Design Goals," a free public lecture by Jonathan Barnett, professor of practice in city and regional planning and director of the University of Pennsylvania Urban Design Program, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

In support of Mayor Julián Castro's SA2020 initiative, Barnett will present urban design ideas that promote sustainability and improve growth management, discuss how transportation can restructure the design of the re­gion and show urban design concepts for neighborhoods, downtowns and centers of art and culture.

"It's important that every San Antonian, all 1.3 million of us, are shareholders in the future of this city," said Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020. "We want individuals to start thinking about the things, places and people in their lives that are most important to them, and then find the connection between those issues and any of the 11 vision areas the community came up with in SA2020. It's about investing in young people and maximizing opportunities, giving them great chances to be successful."

Among other SA2020 vision topics, Barnett is likely to address the ways in which urban design can help make San Antonio irresistible to the Millennial generation.

"Young people who are starting to turn 30 or are just out of high school will be moving to somebody's community, contributing to and driving that economy. We need to make sure that San Antonio shows up for this generation as a compelling place," said Byrd.

Barnett has been an adviser to the cities of Charleston (S.C.), Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Norfolk, Omaha and Pittsburgh in the United States and Xiamen and Tianjin in China. He also was an adviser to U.S. government agencies including the National Park Service, Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Endowment for the Arts and National Capitol Planning Commission.

His recent work on large-scale urban development and redevelopment projects includes a 2,500 hectare planned community in Cambodia, an urban design plan for the entire city of Omaha, Neb., a transit-oriented design plan for Xiamen, China, a resort plan for Busan, Korea, and a plan for the Cumberland riverfront in downtown Nashville.

Barnett is the author of numerous books and articles on the theory and practice of city design including "Urban Design as Public Policy," "Introduction to Urban Design," "The Elusive City: Five Centuries of Design, Ambition and Miscalculation," "The Fractured Metropolis: Improving the New City, Restoring the Old City, Reshaping the Region," and "Redesigning Cities," a book on the current practice of city design. His newest book is "City Design: Modernist, Traditional, Green and Systems Perspectives," published by Routledge in 2011.


For more information, contact Nicole Chavez at 210-458-3121.



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