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UTSA hosts urban design experts John Massengale and Victor Dover Jan. 29

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(Jan. 23, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Architecture Spring 2014 Lecture Series will feature urban design professionals John Massengale, AIA, and Victor Dover, FAICP, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Their lecture, "The Art of Street Design," is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Massengale and Dover are experts in urban design, architecture and planning. In their lecture, based on their new book, "Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns," they will discuss excellent street design, examine what makes a street successful and explain the common pitfalls to which many streets fall victim.

"Streets that are planned for people who walk and bike are critical necessities for good city living," said Richard Tangum, director of the Center for Urban and Regional Planning in the UTSA College of Architecture. "With their new book and lecture, which offer examples of excellent streets from around the world and advice on how to enhance existing streets, John Massengale and Victor Dover have essentially crafted a user-friendly guide to creating vibrant, successful cities."

Massengale has won a variety of awards for his work in architecture, architectural history and urbanism. As the principal architect at Massengale & Co., he has designed projects in Europe and across the United States. His planning work spans a range of situations from suburban retrofits and designing new towns to urban infill and urban regeneration. He is the author of three books, including National Book Award nominee "New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890-1915."

Dover is an urban designer, city planner and co-founder of planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning. As principal-in-charge for many of the firm's design and planning projects, he has overseen the design of 150 neighborhoods, urban revitalization programs and regional plans worldwide. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and served as the chair of the Congress for New Urbanism from 2010 to 2012. He lectures widely around the nation on the topics of livable communities and sustainable development.

The UTSA College of Architecture Spring Lecture Series brings architecture professionals from around the world to UTSA to share their expertise on a variety of topics with the local community. For more information about upcoming lectures, contact Nicole Chavez at 210-458-3121.

For more information, visit the UTSA College of Architecture website or call 210-458-3090.


Spring 2014 Lecture Series

Feb. 19: Lisa Ackerman, World Monuments Fund
April 9: Construction Science Symposium



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