ReThinking the City

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About RTC: ReThinking the City is a monthly symposium that considers the possibilities of an urban environment. It takes place every 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:25PM. We usually have two presentations, one local one, and a remote presentation so we can give our audience a perspective from other places. . We follow up each presentation with a short Q& A. 

Bruce Stephenson the head of the Rollins College Master of Planning in Civic Urbanism will discuss the program and its role in the community.

From the Rollins College site:

Design Smarter, More Sustainable Communities

Communities around the country are striving to make life better for their citizens through well-designed public spaces, energy-efficient infrastructures, and convenient public transportation.

The Master of Planning in Civic Urbanism provides the skills you need to help these cities and towns shape their futures. The program combines classroom work, professional expertise, studio projects, and internships to prepare you for a career in either private practice or government. Grounded in the liberal arts, the program emphasizes integrated knowledge rather than the technical aspects of the field of urban planning.

They will be presenting Sustainability Made Real.  January 22, 2013.  Urban Rethink

The Federal Government Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities had invested over $2 million in Central Florida in the effort to create strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy. Rollins Masters of Civic Urbanism students will present two projects to further this effort, (1) a proposal for a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood at the Meadow Woods Sunrail stop (2) A prototype Green Street linking Rollins and Winter Park.

Michael Kaufmann of Indianapolis will be doing a remote presentation. 

Through his role as Director of Special Projects and Civic Investment for the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Michael Kaufmann supports arts, ecology and other equitable livability initiatives for the Marion County Health Department and Wishard Health Services. Michael studied art theory and writing as an undergrad at Bucknell University. He finished his graduate work in library and information science at San Jose State University. Before working for the Health and Hospital Corporation, Michael was label manager for Asthmatic Kitty Records for over a decade supporting such artists as Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, DM Stith and Helado Negro. Currently he serves on the boards of Indiana Recycling Coalition, IndyHub, Indianapolis Museum of Art's Contemporary Arts Society, IUPUI's Center for Urban Health, Reconnecting to Our Waterways Initiative and has served on the boards of Butler University's Center for Urban Ecology and Spirit and Place. He also is a member of Indianapolis' CEO's for Cities and has helped the formation of the Indy Food Fund, an granting fund for the creation of socially equitable entrepreneurial food projects, and is currently spearheading an effort to form a state music council. Michael is also the co-founder of the 1828 Project, a program for leaders between the ages of 18 and 28, and We Are City, a series of programs examining challenges and rewards city living. He is a recent recipient of IBJ's 40 under 40 and is part   class thirty-seven of Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series.


I totally agree that inorder for a community to thrive, there has to be an emphasis on the creation of public space. This creates a sense of unity beyond the infrastructure. In my opinion the challenge is, that these spaces often require a coordinators to create motivation for people to come and attend activities. A great example in a collective society such as China is the concept of theatre space, where people of all ages gather together to act and perform to make their own shows. As Michael Kaufmann has stated, it's all about the iniative.