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The Green Building Alliance’s Inspire Speakers Series presents monthly lectures by both nationally renowned experts and local specialists in various fields of sustainability. The theme for their 2014-2015 Inspire Speakers Series is: Creating the Most Livable Places for All. Their upcoming lecture stakes out the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. On Thursday, May 14th, Charles Montgomery and Chris Koch will discuss “Using Urban Design to Achieve Happy, Equitable Cities.”

Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, community organizer, and social experimenter. In a New York Times review of his book, Happy City,” Alan Ehrenhalt said:

“It was only a matter of time before someone figured out that if there were new things to say about happiness and a new interest in the evolution of urban life, the two subjects could be linked together. That is what Charles Montgomery, a Canadian journalist, has set out to do in a book titled, logically enough, ‘Happy City.’ To an admirable extent, he succeeds.”

Chris Koch is CEO of the Design Center, an organization dedicated to design, urban planning and public policy resulting in more livable, equitable and sustainable communities in the Pittsburgh region. Koch has provided expertise on urban blight reduction strategies and social entrepreneurship to organizations such as the Brookings Institute, Princeton University, and has been honored at the White House as an emerging leader in the field of social innovation.

In their talk, “…Charles offers examples and experiments from happy cities around the world, Koch offers local opportunities for addressing happiness through the lenses of sustainability, equity, and livability.”

You can find out more information on this event here. Online registration closes at 2:00 p.m. on May 14. General admission is available when doors open at 5:00 p.m. The price for this event is $20.


Inspire Speakers Series: “Using Urban Design to Achieve Happy,
Equitable Cities” with Charles Montgomery & Chris Koch
When: Thursday, May 14, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center,
1825 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Register: Here