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Urban design and sustainability expert to speak about walkable, diverse neighborhoods April 1 at ISU

March 25, 2015

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AMES, Iowa — Emily Talen, a professor of urban planning and sustainability scientist at Arizona State University, Tempe, will address the status of walkable, diverse neighborhoods in a lecture at Iowa State University.

Talen will present "The Once and Future Neighborhood: Prospects for Walkable Diversity" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in Kocimski Auditorium, room 101 College of Design. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Fostering neighborhoods that are both walkable and socially and economically diverse has been a long-standing goal of urban planners, Talen says. In her presentation, she will pose and offer her own perspectives on the following questions: What is the current status of this goal, and how far off are we from achieving walkable diversity for an American public that is no longer enamored with car-based suburbia? How is neighborhood-level diversity motivated, and is it always a good thing? What level of walkability and/or diversity is achievable? How should we evaluate this elusive planning goal in light of increasing socio-spatial separation?

Talen is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and senior sustainability scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and received a 2014-2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her research focuses on urbanism, urban design and social equity.

Talen is the author of four books: New Urbanism and American Planning: The Conflict of Cultures; Design for Diversity; Urban Design Reclaimed; and City Rules. She edited the second edition of the Charter of New Urbanism as well as Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents (with Andres Duany). A forthcoming book (in press, 2015) is an edited volume titled Retrofitting Sprawl. She currently is writing Neighborhood, a book to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Part of the 2014-2015 Contemporary Issues in Planning and Design Lecture Series, Talen's visit is cosponsored by the Department of Community and Regional Planning and the College of Design.

Jane Rongerude, Community and Regional Planning, (515) 294-5289,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,