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Vishaan Chakrabarti, "A Country of Cities"

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Vishaan Chakrabarti, "A Country of Cities"

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In his new book A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for Urban America, the architect and urban planner Vishaan Chakrabarti argues that greater urban density is key to solving many of the country’s challenges. Working with SHoP Architects and Metropolis Books, Michael Bierut and his team have helped develop the design of the book, including a series of 100 charts and diagrams that illustrate and support Chakrabarti’s themes. 

Vishaan Chakrabarti is a partner at SHoP Architects leading major architecture and urban development efforts worldwide. Simultaneously, Vishaan is Holliday Professor and the director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University. His recent book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. 

Have questions about Vishaan Chakrabarti, "A Country of Cities"? Contact MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

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SVA MFA Design Criticism, Second Floor
136 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)


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MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

SVA MFA Design Criticism Department

136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street

The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. 

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today. 

Please contact us for a tour and more information at dcrit@sva.edu. 

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