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Ten Public Lectures to Cover Basics of Smart City Planning

October 25, 2011 – Because Utah is a place of fragile natural beauty with a burgeoning population, it makes a perfect “living laboratory” for teaching and practicing the principles of quality growth and urban planning. Consequently, the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning (CA+P) has attracted a team of urban planning experts from across the country who teach the next generation of urban planning professionals.

Now the public also will have an opportunity to learn from these experts through a new lecture series—entitled “10.11.12” for the ten lectures by the college’s ten urban planning professors beginning in November 2011 and continuing through October 2012. All presentations begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be held at The Leonardo, Salt Lake’s new science, technology and art museum at 209 East 500 South.

Kicking off the series on November 3 with a presentation on “What Americans Really Want” will be Arthur C. Nelson, a presidential professor of city and metropolitan planning at the U. Nelson projects that growth along the Wasatch Front in Utah could jump from 2.5 million today to 7 million people by 2050. He will outline how our communities can prepare to meet the challenges brought about by this growth.

On November 17, Pamela Perlich, senior research economist at the U’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, will speak on “Coming to Our Census: Utah’s Demographic Transformation.”  Utah is in the midst of unprecedented economic, demographic and cultural changes that have their origins in national and international trends. Perlich’s expertise will provide an in-depth perspective on this phenomenon and its impact on Utah’s communities.

On December 1, transportation expert Reid Ewing, professor of city and metropolitan planning, will present “The High Costs of Urban Sprawl.”  This lecture will review evidence on the economic impact of sprawl and the benefits of compact development, a vitally important topic as the population of Salt Lake City continues to grow.

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The College of Architecture + Planning (CA+P) at the University of Utah facilitates an educational community of students, faculty, and staff with interests and expertise in creative design, building, planning, computer technology, issues of social and ecological responsibility and the scholarly study of the history and theory of the built landscape. CA+P educates future professionals who are concerned with constructing and maintaining the highest quality in our built and natural environments.