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How has the quest for Utopia shaped American cities? Join urban planner and professor Alex Krieger as he explores the dreams and ideals that have long influenced our urban settlements, as told in his new book, “City on a Hill.”

Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E.Wacker Dr.

From the Puritans’ view of the New World as a God-given paradise to the grand architecture and planning of Daniel Burnham, societies and reformers alike have applied their ideals of perfection to the built environment, with profound effects. Sometimes, one generation’s dream becomes the next one’s nightmare. Krieger’s book traces this uniquely American story and the wide-ranging consequences of Utopian thinking.

Program Speaker: Alex Krieger

Alex Krieger

Alex Krieger is Professor of Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and principal at NBBJ, a global architecture and planning firm. He has directed downtown and urbanwaterfront plans in American and international cities, including the reconstruction of the Bund in Shanghai. He has chaired the Department of Urban Planning and Design on three occasions, served as Director of the Urban Design Program, and the Director ofthe NEA Mayor’s Institute on City Design. He remains an advisor to mayors and their planning staffs, and serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the U.S. Fine Arts Commission in D.C. He haspublished widely on American urbanization, including his most recent book, City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America From the Puritans to the Present.

AIA/CES Credits: 1LUs

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