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Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, designer of the renowned Brooklyn Bridge Park, speaks with award-winning architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen about landscapes, buildings and cityscapes, and how they impact our personal and social lives.

Goldhagen, author of Welcome to Your World: How the Build Environment Shapes Our Lives, brings her research on new discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience to the conversation about how built environments shape our feelings, memories and well-being, and how we can harness this knowledge to construct a world better suited to human experience. Fellow architecture critic Paul Goldberger moderates.

Sara Williams Goldhagen will sign copies of Welcome to Your World: How the Build Environment Shapes Our Lives following the event.


Brief Bios

Sarah Williams Goldhagen taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for ten years, and was the New Republic’s architecture critic until recently. Currently a contributing editor at Architectural Record, she is an award-winning writer who has written for many national and international publications, including The New York Times, American Prospect, Art in America, Harvard Design Magazine, Landscape Architecture Magazine, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Paul Goldberger has been called “the leading figure in architecture criticism” in The Huffington Post. Now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, as Architecture Critic for The New Yorker he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He is the author of several books, including Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry.

Michael Van Valkenburgh founded MVVA in 1982 and oversees the design work of the Brooklyn and Cambridge offices at all scales. As part of that design work he devotes time to mentoring junior design staff. Michael’s most prominent projects include Mill Race Park, Teardrop Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Monk’s Garden at the Isabela Stewart Gardener Museum, and many projects at Princeton, Harvard, Wellesley College and Amherst College. Martin Richard Park in Boston is a current commission. He also is the Charles Eliot Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University where he teaches studios as well as Design and Plants.

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