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Jonathan Rose – “The Well-Tempered City”
March 16, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jonathan Rose – “The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life”
Presented by Simon Gruber, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, in partnership with the Orange County Citizens Foundation
Admission: FREE / RSVP Requested
Jonathan F. P. Rose works with cities and not-for-profits to plan and build green affordable and mixed-income housing and cultural, health, and educational centers. He is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the integration of environmental, social, and economic solutions to the urban issues facing us today. His book The Well-Tempered City is a reasoned, hopeful blueprint for a thriving metropolis—and the future. It is a celebration of the city and an impassioned argument for its role in addressing the important issues in these volatile times.
Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of eighty percent of the world’s population by 2050. As the 21st century progresses, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, population growth, income inequality, mass migrations, education and health disparities, among many others. In The Well-Tempered City, Jonathan F. P. Rose—the man who “repairs the fabric of cities”—distills a lifetime of interdisciplinary research and firsthand experience into a five-pronged model for how to design and reshape our cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of “temperament” as a way to achieve harmony, Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, well-being, and the ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature. These goals may never be fully achieved, but our cities will be richer and happier if we aspire to them, and if we infuse our every plan and constructive step with this intention.
“Rose’s non—stop tour of the city is an in-depth account of its history, theory, and practice—is exhilarating and complete…a hugely satisfying poem-rich in history, thought and deeply felt throughout.”—Philip Glass, composer