A free — and sure to be inspiring – presentation on urban restoration on June 10

On Monday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m., the Design Center of Pittsburgh presents Behind the Magic of Urban Alchemy:  Stories of Urban Restoration in Action, a presentation by Mindy Fullilove and French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart.  Also speaking will be Dan Rothschild, Molly Kaufmann, Terri Baltimore, and Ken Doyno.  The presentation will be in the Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center at 1835 Center Avenue in the Hill District.

PHCA staff and board members recently attended a talk by Dr. Fullilove at the Community Development Summit, and came away energized and excited by her ideas.  Dr. Fullilove is a great speaker with some very inspiring things to say about community.

In her new book Urban Alchemy, Dr. Mindy Fullilove presents a psychiatrist’s views on how to fix the American city.  She identifies nine elements of urban restoration that are critical tools for repairing our cities and restoring the nation’s neighborhoods to health.  The nine elements are illustrated by stores of connecting communities, “re-discovering home”, celebrating differences, strengthening solidarity, and creating more livable and meaningful places  — shared by the people who are on the ground and make it happen every day.

If you’re interested in issues of urban restoration and community building, we highly recommend this presentation.  Admission is free, but an RSVP is requested.  For more information or to RSVP, contact abekeny@designcenterpgh.org, or call 412.391.4144.

(Above:  Michel Cantal-Dupart and Dr. Mindy Fullilove.  Photo from this article.)