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Embracing the Autocatalytic City

Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Kroon Hall, Burke Auditorium | 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, Conn.
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Please join us Thursday, April 4, for a conversation with Benjamin de la Peña of The Rockefeller Foundation.

Please join us Thursday, April 4, for a conversation with Benjamin de la Peña about the nature of cities. In his piece "Embracing the Autocatalytic City," he argues that cities are evolving organisms, not engineering problems, with informal economies and spontaneous bottom-up processes making the “autocatalytic city.”

His talk will explore the role of urban planning in today’s complex, messy urban systems. Could enabling, rather than controlling, the “autocatalyic city” lead to more livable, sustainable cities in the 21st century?

The talk is sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Land Use and Urban Coalition at Yale (LUCY), the International Development, and Environmental Justice Student Interest Groups, as well as the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy.

Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM. For more information, contact Alisa Zomer at alisa.zomer@yale.edu.

Benjamin de la Peña is the Associate Director for Urban Development at The Rockefeller Foundation. He has extensive expertise in urban planning, change management, leadership development communications and innovation technologies. He grew up in the Philippines and has worked on urban slum, urban planning and infrastructure projects internationally. Previously he served as Associate Director for Implementation at Smart Growth America and worked with communities across the U.S. to implement progressive and innovative development strategies.

Benjamin has a Master's in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.A. in Communications (Journalism) from the University of the Philippines. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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