ULI VIRGINIA’S FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE:
Creating and Sustaining Happiness in Virginia Communities
Author: “For the Love of Cities”
What makes cities loveable?
Why do we connect emotionally with some places and not others? And why does that matter?
June Williamson is associate professor of architecture at The City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture. She is coauthor, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. Williamson served as the Jury Coordinator for the Long Island Index’s 2010 design competition, Build a Better Burb. Ideas from the competition, which challenged entrants to creatively retrofit Long Island’s existing downtown areas, provide the foundation for her new book, Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb.
Ryan Gravel is an urban planner, designer, and author of “Where We Want to Live”.
His master’s thesis launched the Atlanta Beltline that is now changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there.