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A Sustainable Nation in Four Generations

October 5, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Author and urbanist Douglas Farr’s bestselling first book, Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature, helped shift the focus of urban sustainability from the stand-alone building to the high-performance neighborhood. Now, Farr returns with Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future, in which he seeks to move the conversation even further—and faster—forward. Farr proposes more than 70 specific, aspirational urban design patterns, each of which provides guidance on a key aspect of a neighborhood, and all of which can be immediately applied. Join Farr as he provides a hopeful roadmap for overcoming our society’s major sustainability challenges in just four generations.

Douglas Farr (FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A) is an architect, urbanist, author, and passionate advocate for sustainable design thinking. Doug heads Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm that plans and designs lovable, aspirational buildings and places. A native Detroiter, Doug Co-Chaired the development of LEED-ND and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. His influential books Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature (2007) and Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future (2018) highlight how to create healthy, sustainable neighborhoods. He is an architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. In 2017, Planetizen readers named him one of “the 100 most influential urbanists of all time.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Urban Planning & Policy and the College of Urban Planning Ph.D. Students.


October 5, 2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Great Cities Institute


Great Cities Institute
412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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