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The Forum at Redwood City Presents:

“Unlocking the Secrets of Great Places”

Redwood City, CA - February 28 , 2006 - Professor, architect, and author Donlyn Lyndon will be featured at “The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City Design” on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, from 6:00 - 7:45 pm, with a riveting discussion on “Unlocking the Secrets of Great Places.” 

Understanding the underlying structures of “place” can help explain why certain places are engaging and memorable, and others unremarkable. Donlyn Lyndon believes it is the architect’s task “to make places and buildings that nurture and enrich that engagement, bringing imaginative, critical, responsible thought to the making of things – so that they will stand, stir, accommodate, intrigue, sustain attention and take a rightful place in people’s lives.”

To unlock the secrets of great places, Mr. Lyndon will consider the structure of places – spaces that we can hold in the mind, explore the characteristics of form and event, and propose elements and relationships that give identity and contribute to great community places

Professor Donlyn Lyndon is the Editor of the journal “PLACES, a Forum of Environmental Design,” and a member of the Urban Places Design Group and Eva Li Professor Emeritus at the College of Environmental Design, Berkeley. His work in urban design has included studies and specific plans for Pasadena, Berkeley, Menlo Park, Santa Cruz, and West Sacramento. He is the author of The City Observed: Boston, and co-author of Chambers for a Memory Palace and The Place of Houses. Mr. Lyndon has been a leader in the Departments of Architecture at Berkeley, MIT, and the University of Oregon.

The Forum takes place at the Little Fox Theater, 2209 Broadway, in downtown Redwood City. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. An optional no-host dinner with the presenter and other participants will be held following the Forum for those wishing to continue the discussion. The Forum brings nationally-known speakers and presenters to Downtown Redwood City for in-depth dialogues on city design issues, providing an on-going venue for professional-level education and dialogue about urban design issues, today’s hottest urban design topics, and most cutting-edge techniques.

By bringing together local government officials from throughout the Bay Area, as well as planners, urban designers, architects, and other professionals in the urban design field, these forums are intended to educate and foster discussion on new and emerging concepts in city planning and design. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Dan Zack
Downtown Development Manager
650-780- 7363

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