News Release: May 7, 2014

L'Enfant Lecture to Focus on Changing Cities

WASHINGTON, DC — American Planning Association (APA) Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP, will deliver the 2014 L'Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design at the National Building Museum May 28. His lecture "Changing Cities" explores how the rate of change affecting cities is increasing and our response must be to change cities intentionally.

Cities are shaped by myriad influences and impacts such as immigration, climate, global urbanization and economic obsolescence.  Farmer questions how we should intervene and make wise choices by focusing on innovation, equity and planning. The lecture will weigh the challenges and opportunities facing cities and what planning interventions are needed to assure better futures for urban centers.

The lecture is 6:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the National Building Museum. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Farmer, CEO of the American Planning Association since 2001, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), an Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in the United Kingdom, and an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. Prior to his position with APA, Farmer served in senior management positions for 20 years in Eugene, Oregon; Minneapolis; and Pittsburgh. He also held faculty positions at several universities.

The American Planning Association and the National Building Museum established the annual lecture in 2005 to draw attention to critical issues in city and regional planning in the U.S. The lecture is named for Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who created the plan for Washington, D.C., and has featured leading figures in planning, architecture and urban design including British planner, teacher, and author Sir Peter Hall; Former Bogota Mayor Enrique Peñalosa; New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger; architect and urban theorist Teddy Cruz; Museum of Modern Art architecture and design chief curator Barry Bergdoll; Marilyn Taylor, dean of The University of Pennsylvania School of Design; and Renee Jones-Bos, a Dutch diplomat and former representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the U.S.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


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