Harvard University School of Design hosting the Sylvester Baxter Lecture on co-cities with Sheila Foster

On Thursday, November 19th from 7:30PM until 9:30PM EST (US and Canada), the Harvard University School of Design will host the Sylvester Baxter Lecture with Sheila Foster. The online workshop will deal with “Co-Cities: Reimagining the City as a Commons”

In the U.S., and around the world, vacant and abandoned urban land and structures are more ubiquitous than most people realize. In this lecture, Professor Foster will argue why we should think about this urban infrastructure as a “commons” capable of meeting the social and economic needs of the most vulnerable urban populations. Thinking of the city as a commons recognizes as legitimate, even innovative, the collective action of urban actors who utilize land and other infrastructure to construct informal settlements, community gardens and urban farms, mesh wireless networks,  and new limited equity housing and commercial spaces that are then collaboratively stewarded by an identified community or group of people.

Sheila R. Foster, is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown University. She holds a joint appointment with the Law School and the McCourt School of Public Policy. She is also the faculty advisor of the Georgetown Project on State and Local Government Policy and Law(SALPAL) and lead researcher for the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative’s City Diplomacy Project. Together with prof. Christian Iaione, Sheila R. Foster is co-director of LabGov.City in GeorgeTown University.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. You may ask questions during this time using the Q&A feature on Zoom, or you may submit questions for the speaker beforehand using this link: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ESdavyfqGjDbRX

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