Tuesday, February 23 2021
Join AIA|DC Urban Design Committee (UD|DC) for our monthly committee meetings to plan for the year and engage in the “UD|DC Colloquy”.
At the meetings, the committee explores ideas that focus on improving the quality of cities and city life through engagement, promotion, and advocacy of Urban Design. Planning, transit, landscape, policy, architecture, and design would be common themes of regular lectures, panels, tours, and discussions.
The “UD|DC colloquy” carves out time from these meetings to examine ties between the 2021 committee theme - “Happy City by DESIGN” and real-world scenarios. Each month, the committee will partake in discussion by either:
- Engaging with a participating presenter, sharing their thoughts on how the theme interacts with their day-to-day experiences, projects, and life in general, followed by a quick Q&A session
- Or, reviewing a selected article (circulated beforehand) and participating in an engaging discussion alongside a guest facilitator.
The aim of this dialogue is the discovery and exchange of ideas on what “Happy City by DESIGN” might mean to all and sundry, while exploring thoughts on how designers can assist in crafting a pleasant urban environment.
February Guest Facilitator:
Charles Montgomery (Founding Principal, Happy Cities & author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design)
Join us for the February Committee meeting and participate in the UD|DC Colloquy to reflect on our understanding of the Happy City Experiment and discuss how it could/could not transition in the context of Washington DC. The Happy City experiment by Charles Montgomery studies the intersection of urban design and the emerging science of happiness. An excerpt from his book, The Secrets of the world’s happiest cities gives us further insight into his exhilarating journey and observations on some of the world’s most dynamic cities.