Monday 16th Apr 2018
5 – 7pm
at Peter Miller Architecture and Design Books
304 Alaskan Way S, Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98104
Put on by Peter Miller Architecture and Design Books, ARCADE
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Construction workers in Williamsburg

Photo by Alex Fradkin, courtesy of the Monacelli Press.

Please join Peter Miller Books and ARCADE in welcoming author and filmmaker Cassim Shepard, who will present ideas from Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism followed by a discussion with the audience.

How is a city made today? In his new book, Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism, Cassim Shepard argues that it’s not just the top-down planners, architects and elected officials and bottom-up community groups that shape our cities, but the large and unheralded group in between.

Shepard offers a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the contemporary city that focuses on emerging principles practiced by a diverse group of “citymakers” including landscape designers, housing advocates, hackers, architects, ecologists, community organizers, activists, artists, and more.

Citymakers takes stock of these diverse examples from New York City to suggest a series of ethical imperatives for how we think about and produce public space, infrastructure, information technology, and housing worldwide.

A street scene in Jackson Heights

Photo by Alex Fradkin, courtesy of the Monacelli Press.

Cassim Shepard produces non-fiction media about cities, buildings and places. Trained as an urban planner, geographer, and documentary filmmaker, Shepard served as the founding editor-in-chief of Urban Omnibus, an online publication of The Architectural League of New York, where he spent six years working with hundreds of local architects, designers, artists, writers, and public servants to share their stories of urban innovation. His film and video work has been commissioned by and screened at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the United Nations, among many other venues around the world. He teaches in the Urban Design program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and has been a guest lecturer in the Cities Programme of the London School of Economics and a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He studied filmmaking at Harvard University, urban geography at Kings College London, and urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism, published by Monacelli Press in 2017, is his first book.