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The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: Weiming Lu, Sept. 18, 2014

The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation:
Building a Livable Creative Urban Village

September 18, 2014, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

A talk by internationally recognized urban planner and designer Weiming Lu.

Download: audio, small video, or original.


Download: audio, small video, or original.

Building livable, creative, equitable, and sustainable cities is a common community goal, but drawing from several disciplines to achieve it may pose considerable challenge. Public/private partnership is popular today, but making it work in a complex world is difficult.

In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, Weiming Lu shares his experience in creating a new vision, marketing an area that has suffered decades of disinvestment, taking calculated risks to attract new investment, negotiating complex loans and guarantees, and leveraging resources. He explains how to form complex partnerships with those in the public and private sectors, avoid competition while fostering collaboration, share common goals, and marshal diverse resources. He applies his multidisciplinary approach to guiding diverse project designs and creating a sense of place. He shares the difficulties of, and his own successs and failures in, working to advance the long-term interest of a community.

Having seen the destruction caused by the urban “renewal” in many cities—cities that have become formless and their people rootless—Lu strives for urban rejuvenation without gentrification, for balancing economic development with social advancement, for preserving the old while welcoming the new, and above all, for building livable, creative, equitable, and sustainable cities.

weiming lu portraitWeiming Lu has earned international recognition for his work in American cities, for his consulting work in cities around the world, and for his writings and lectures on city design, urban conservation, and development.

His vision and persistent effort with public and private partners have helped to rejuvenate cities and build communities including a creative urban village in Saint Paul, the arts district of Dallas, and downtown Minneapolis. His preservation work helped save the Texas School Book Depository and revive inner-city neighborhoods in Dallas, ensure the passage of Minnesota’s Heritage Preservation Act, and effect historic rehabilitation in Minneapolis and across the state of Minnesota.

He has contributed to books on preservation, urban design, and environment including Economic Benefits of Preserving Old Buildings, Old and New Architecture Design Relationships, Global Environment and Metropolis (in Japanese), Shan Shui Cities and Architecture (in Chinese), and Hosting the Olympics (in Korean and English).

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