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Prominent Experts Will Gather At The University Of Virginia To Discuss The Challenge Of Creating Livable, Sustainable And Just Communities

March 16, 2000 -- The economy, lifestyles, and urban and environmental planning will be some of the topics discussed at a conference March 31 at the University of Virginia. Sponsored by the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and the School of Architecture, the conference on "The Next Generation of Planning" will look at ways to cope with sprawl, disinvestment, and materialistic consumption in a global economy.

Organized around the themes of economy, places and lifestyles, the conference will also look at these issues in light of political issues. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall. The public is invited and the conference is free of charge.

The economy theme will be addressed by Michael Shuman, author of "Going Local: Local Self-Reliance in a Global Age." Supplementing that theme and emphasizing the role of places will be M.J. Brodie, president of the Baltimore Development Corp. and former executive director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp. in Washington, D.C.

Lifestyles will be examined by Donnella Meadows, professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth University, co-author of "The Limits to Growth" and "The Limits to Growth Revisited," as well as author of a syndicated column "The Global Citizen."

In addition, Timothy Beatley, associate professor of urban and environmental planning at U.Va., will address "Green Urbanism: Lessons from European Cities," the title of his book published recently by Island Press.

Commentaries will be provided by other experts from additional vantage points:

Anthony Flaccavento, executive director of Appalachian Sustainable Development, will consider economic issues from an Appalachian view point.

George Klosko, professor of government at U.Va., and author of a recent book "Democratic Procedures and Liberal Consensus," will discuss political themes.

Suzanne Morse, chief executive of the Pew Partnership, will address the role of foundations, especially the Pew Partnership’s interest in supporting voluntary associations and demonstrating success stories of local innovations as examples for the nation.

Parking for the conference is available at the University Parking Garage on Emmet Street next to Memorial Gymnasium. Box lunches at the conference will be available for a small charge. To reserve a lunch and for additional information, contact Bettie Hall, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at (804) 924-1339 or bhh@virginia.edu.

For additional information or interviews contact Bill Lucy at (804) 924-4779 or whl@virginia or Tim Beatley at (804) 982-2196 or tb6d@virginia.edu.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

The Next Generation of Planning Ideas: Economy, Places, Lifestyles, and Politics

Friday, March 31, 2000
Campbell Hall
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Department of Urban and Environmental Planning
School of Architecture
University of Virginia

9 a.m. Karen Van Lengen, Dean, School of Architecture
Bruce Dotson, Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning

9:15 a.m. Michael Shuman, Local and Regional Self-Reliance in a Global Age
author of "Going Local: Local Self-Reliance in a Global Age," Free Press 1998

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. M.J. Brodie, President, Baltimore Development Corporation
Remaking an Industrial City in a Post-Industrial Era

11:15-noon Comments by Anthony Flaccavento, Executive Director, Appalachian Sustainable Development, and Martha Droge, Master of Planning and Landscape Architecture student, and audience questions for Michael Shuman and M.J. Brodie

12-12:45 p.m. Box lunches

12:45-1:45 p.m. Timothy Beatley, Green Urbanism: Lessons from European Cities

2-3 p.m. Donella Meadows, Living Sustainable Lifestyles in an Unsustainable System Professor, Dartmouth University, co-author of "The Limits to Growth and The Limits to Growth Revisited."

3-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion

Donella Meadows, Michael Shuman, M.J. Brodie, moderated by Richard Collins, Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning; joined at 3:45 p.m. by George Klosko, Professor of Government and author of Democratic Procedures and Liberal Consensus, Oxford 2000; Suzanne Morse, Pew Partnership, a subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts; and Angela Clerico, President, Student Planning Association at U.Va.

4:30 p.m. Symposium Conclusion and Audience Questions for Guests
Timothy Beatley and William Lucy

5 p.m. Alumni Reception

Contact: Jane Ford (804) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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