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Remaking Post-Industrial Cities with Don Carter

October 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Event at City of Asylum

This is a FREE event, but please RSVP here. 

Join us for a lecture by Prof. Don Carter on his book Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe.

Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe examines the transformation of post-industrial cities after the precipitous collapse of big industry in the 1980s on both sides of the Atlantic, presenting a holistic approach to restoring post-industrial cities.

Developed from the international 2013 Remaking Cities Congress, chaired by Donald K. Carter, the book examines the transformation of ten post-industrial cities after the precipitous collapse of big industry in the 1980s on both sides of the Atlantic. Carter brings together in-depth case studies of five cities in North America (Buffalo, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh) and five cities in Europe (Bilbao, Liverpool, Rotterdam, Ruhr Region, and Turin). The book documents their recovery in the thirty-year period from 1985 to 2015.

Each chapter examines the history of the city, its transformation, and its prospects for the future. The ten case studies interweave these findings with issues crucial to the resilience of post-industrial cities including: sustainability; doing more with less; public engagement; and equity (social, economic and environmental). The book concludes with “lessons learned.”

Don Carter is David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. He also teaches in the Master of Urban Design program in the School of Architecture, where from 2010 to 2017 he was Track Chair of the Master of Urban Design program. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University in July 2009, Don was President of Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh where over thirty-six years he led many of the firm’s most complex projects, drawing upon his broad international experience as an architect, urban designer, and developer.

Don is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a member of the Urban Land Institute where he was national Chair of the Inner City Council.

Don has lectured internationally on urban design and architecture and authored the opening chapter of SynergiCity: Reinventing the Post-Industrial City (University of Illinois Press, 2012). His newest book is Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe (Routledge, 2016), documenting ten case studies and common themes from the international Remaking Cities Congress that he co-chaired in Pittsburgh in October 2013.

Don currently serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and previously served on the boards of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Leadership Pittsburgh.

Don earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and did post-graduate study in urban design and regional planning at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


October 23, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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City Of Asylum
40 W North Ave
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