May 4, 2015

Urban Alchemy – 5/21 – learn how to mend our cities!

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Meet the author of Urban Alchemy: Finding Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities at the Albany Roundtable Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 21!

What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time?

Thursday, May 21 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

An Evening with Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove

The University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue

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Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy: Finding Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities (New Village Press – June 4, 2013) will be the Visiting Speaker at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

The event is open to the public, and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series, the presentation of the Good Patroon Award to Historic Albany Foundation, the presentation of two Albany Roundtable Scholarships for Civic Leadership, and a talk and book signing by the Visiting Speaker.

Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar. Books will be available for $20 (including tax) courtesy of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Dr. Fullilove is a board-certified psychiatrist at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She uses her unique perspective as a public health psychiatrist to explore and identify ways of healing social and spatial fractures simultaneously. Citing the work of French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart and the American urban design firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative and using urban restoration projects from France and the US as case studies, Fullilove has identified nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole.



“The Albany Roundtable has embraced the concepts of smart growth, New Urbanism and sustainability since it was founded in 1979,” said Chris Hawver, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. “When Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched ReZone Albany – a major new initiative to update and streamline the city’s antiquated Zoning Code – we wanted help inform the discussion. We’re delighted that Dr. Fullilove is sharing her expertise with the Albany Roundtable. We hope that those who attend the program will go on to help Albany and many other Capital Region communities reach their full potential.”