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Urbanism, Spirituality & Well-Being


Urbanism, Spirituality & Well-Being 


Exploring the Past and Present

Envisioning the Future


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A Harvard University Symposium


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This is a two-day event (a few weeks apart)

Free and open to the public


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April 11th: 5:15-6:45pm

Science Center Lecture Hall E, Harvard University

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May 2nd: 5:15-6:45pm

Science Center Lecture Hall A, Harvard University 

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Contact Name: Julia Africa

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Given the sobering pressures of growing population density, climate change, resource depletion and fiscal insolvency which attend the modern City, theologians, public health experts, architects and urban planners must synthesize their knowledge of historical and present-day contexts to envision a spiritually and ecologically sustainable future. The Symposium on Urbanism, Spirituality & Well-being will focus on the potential of the City, including landscaped or wild natural areas, to contextualize our shared “human condition” as well as provide a connection to a transcendent dimension of existence through architecture and the urban setting. The collective momentum from this conversation is intended to seed a lasting initiative on Urbanism, Spirituality and Well-being; we welcome the contributions of scholars, students and practitioners as we work to align and illuminate our vision for past, present and future urbanisms.

The symposium will convene participants from Architecture, Landscape Design, Urban Planning, Religious Studies, Public Health and related disciplines to address the ways in which the sociocultural and physical plan of cities can support collective and individual spirituality and well-being. Each meeting will address one of these three consecutive time frames: Historical precedents, contemporary trends, and future urbanisms resectively.

The symposium is supported by the Science, Religion and Culture Program at the Harvard Divinity School; the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health; the Harvard University Center for the Environment; the International Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality; and the North Carolina State University College of Design


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    This was a fantastic event!!! I look forward to the next!

    May 2, 2013

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