Cities are the largest systems that humans build, and we can build them to contribute to humanity’s creative and compassionate evolution on a healthy planet, in exciting and rewarding built communities from the village scale to the city scale.
Fairfield, Iowa (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
Richard Register, founder and president of Ecocity Builders, founder and first president of Urban Ecology, and one of the world's great theorists and authors in ecological city design and planning, will speak on "Rebuilding Our Cities Sustainably," at Maharishi University of Management.
The talk, sponsored by The M.U.M. Sustainable Living Department, will be streamed live online, with chat capability, on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:45 p.m. CST.
Richard has spoken all over the world advocating for the potential for the pedestrian city to save the world - by reducing automobile dependence, global warming, massive sprawl, ecological habitat fragmentation, air and water pollution, and other harms.
His recent book, Ecocities: Building cities in balance with nature (2002), is about re-building cities and towns based on ecological principles for the long term sustainability, cultural vitality and health of the Earth’s biosphere. Register writes "the form of the city really matters ... it is within our ability to change it, and crucial that we do."
According to Richard Register, most of the world’s population now lives in cities. So if we are to address the problems of environmental deterioration and peak oil adequately, the city has to be a major focus of attention. "Cities are the largest systems that humans build, and we can build them to contribute to humanity’s creative and compassionate evolution on a healthy planet, in exciting and rewarding built communities from the village scale to the city scale."
Richard illustrates his own writing, and his books are considered as pleasurable for his imaginative drawings as profound in their ecological urban philosophies and visions. Register's other titles include: Ecocity Berkeley: Building cities for a healthy future (1987), and Another Beginning (1978). He is editor of Village Wisdom/Future Cities (1997).
Richard is a frequent guest of organizations and conferences large and small in his hometown, the San Francisco Bay Area, has traveled the equivalent of 28 times around the world (as of 2010), and has spoken at alternative events at all the major United Nations environmental conferences, in Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, and Habitat II, “The City Summit” in Istanbul. Universities, architectural firms, transportation experts, futurist conferences, colleges’ associated student body events, business councils, small local creek restoration groups, and city mayors and government agencies have all hosted his talks or classes.
This talk is part of an ongoing series of guest lectures at Maharishi University of Management, made available to the public through MUMTV online. Visit http://www.mum.edu/mumtv to register and see previously archived talks.
Founded in 1971, Maharishi University of Management (MUM) offers Consciousness-Based℠ Education, a traditional academic curriculum enhanced with self-development programs like the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Students are encouraged to follow a more sustainable routine of study, socializing and rest without the typical college burnout. All aspects of campus life nourish the body and mind, including organic vegetarian meals served fresh daily. Located in Fairfield, Iowa, MUM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 or visit http://www.mum.edu.