Breakfast Plenary: Dr. Thomas Campanella

APA Missouri Chapter


Friday, October 20, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CDT

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This talk will provide a bird's-eye view on the American urban planning profession and the challenges it faces in this greatest period of urbanization the world has ever seen.  As China feverishly builds its way to a more sustainable urban future, we find ourselves fettered by a web of well-meant chains—redundant environmental laws, inflexible zoning, the glacial pace of approvals and appeals, and a planning process that too often favors local NIMBY self-interest over long-range vision.  I will show how much of this was self-inflicted by the planning profession, which—in penance for its urban-renewal errors—virtually purged itself of the authority and speculative courage that was once was its hallmark.



Thomas Campanella

Invited Speaker

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Thomas J. Campanella is a historian of city planning and the urban built environment. He teaches and writes about the culture-space nexus in a variety of contexts, seeking to explain the manifold agents, actors, and forces that have shaped urban landscapes around the world. Though ... Read More

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