Go to Chicago

Be in Chicago on Monday, April 27 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the UIC campus 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. It is open to the public for $25 with tickets via the Forum’s website: www.RJDUrbanForum.uic.edu. Two ways to look at it — cities are crucial to “recovery†from crisis or urbanism itself is a discursive human event that begs the question. x Needed improvements to recovery systems challenge the very foundations of American governance. On this point three useful forums in this year’s Richard J. Daley Urban Forum (UIC) will be enriched by the attention of the Vice-President Joe Biden, but hopefully the Vice President’s attention will be given to Brookings’, Bruce Katz “We are a Metro Nation and it is time to start acting like oneâ€. (See below)

Two of the panels are expected, however, the surprise may be embedded in the deal making third panel.

  1. Economic Recovery and Urban Reinvestment, addressing the impact of national stimulus plans and regional and local initiatives on urban areas as well as key obstacles to these recovery efforts;
  2. Economic Revitalization: Education and Healthcare, exploring how citiesas the center of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurshipcan take the imaginative steps needed to climb out of today’s world recession in a way that reaches far beyond urban areas; and
  3. Global Town Meeting, where mayors from more than 30 cities will describe their programs in response to the global economic crisis.

How crucial to recovery is regionalx urban governance? x  The Urban Forum, holds the UIC Forum atx 725 W. Roosevelt Road.x  It is open to the public.x  Tickets can be purchased for $25 through the Forum Web sitex (above).x  x If you want to talk to someone give Ellie Abrams a call 312/573-5516 or write: [email protected] You can also get in touch with Bill Burton, UIC 312/996-2269 [email protected]

The big picture was outlined in November 2007 by Bruce Katz in just 32 minutes.
The code does not hold for some reason

For the video presentation click herex  or here


Bruce Katzx x is Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program
See Brookings:x  Presentationx and more x Recent Blueprint Articles


Ecology Technology (ecotech?)

A long time ago Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan defined sustainability both technologically and ecologically.x  They pointed to the hubris embedded in the technological approachx to the goal of sustainability.x  Technology has proven to be deadly unless it is fully tetheredx in the way David W. Orr recommended in demandingx careful human attention to the absolutx priority of ecological principles.

  • First, people are finite and fallible. The human ability to comprehend and manage scale and complexity has limits. Thinking too big can make our human limitations a liability rather than an asset.
  • Second, a sustainable world can be redesigned and rebuilt only from the bottom up. Locally self-reliant and self-organized communities are the building blocks for change.
  • Third, traditional knowledge that coevolves out of culture and place is a critical asset. It needs to be preserved, restored, and used.
  • Fourth, the true harvest of evolution is encoded in nature’s design. Nature is more than a bank of resources to draw on: it is the best model we have for all the design problems we face.

Technology is zero-sum when placed in a priority higher than these four principles of real change.x  The Urban Design committee is looking for a readings and critiques of Sustainablex America by John Dernbachx (et. al) and theirx position: Sustainable development willx  make the US livable, healthy, secure, and prosperous.

The book runs through 28 areas of human behavior that need to change using 100 actions taken within five to ten years and thematically summarizedx in 10 points as follows:

1.x x  Ecological footprint system integration
2.x x  Greenhouse gas reduction programs
3.x x  Stimulate employment for unskilled persons in environmental protection and restoration
4.x x  Stimulate NGOs to play a major role
5.x x  Organize government initiatives using sustainability principles to prioritize
6.x x  Expand options for sustainable living choices to consumers
7.x x  Advance general public and formal education
8.x x  Strengthen environmental and natural resources law
9.x x  Lead international efforts on behalf of sustainable development
10. Systematically improve access to data for decision making

x It was released January 12, 2009. One can order from Island Press here or Amazon herex  For more information, See the books website site Sustainable Americax  or Dernbach’s website: x x Also see Dernbach’s 2002 book: Stumbling Towards Sustainability.