Join OpenOakland and NYC Chief Urban Designer Alex Washburn for a pre-CityCamp mixer as part of our CivicMeet series. With CityCamp Oakland on the 9th, we're happy to announce our next CivicMeet in Oakland will feature a conversation with Alexandros (Alex) Washburn. Alex is the Chief Urban Designer of NYC's Dept. of Planning. He is doing some neat community engagement work that we think aligns well with Open Oakland.
He just published a book called The Nature of Urban Design; a New York Perspective on Resilience.
From the blurb: "The best cities become an ingrained part of their residents’ identities. Urban design is the key to this process, but all too often, citizens abandon it to professionals, unable to see a way to express what they love and value in their own neighborhoods." One of our key goals at OpenOakland is to turn all residetns of our city into active, participating citizens (and active non-citizens!) in our local expression of democracy.
We will have a short talk led by Alex and a discussion about the issues of engagement, resilience and rebuilding in our work in a city constantly in flux, followed by a time to relax, network and chat with folks in the civic community in Oakland.
Mr. Washburn has been working on the recovery plans for Superstorm Sandy, which devastated New York neighborhoods and changed life in the city, and has written a new book entitled The Nature of Urban Design. This book focuses on innovative planning strategies that focus on urban resilience in the face of climate change and sea level rise. Mr. Washburn draws heavily on his experience within the New York City planning system while highlighting forward-thinking developments in cities around the world. He grounds his book in the realities of political and financial challenges that hasten or hinder even the most beautiful designs by discussing projects like the High Line and the Harlem Children’s Zone as well as profiling design examples from Seoul to Singapore.