Tridib Banerjee / University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy

Public Space, Urban Commons, and Urban Design: A Comparative Perspective
September 11, 2013 - 5:30pm


Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D., will present the lecture "Public Space, Urban Commons, and Urban Design: A Comparative Perspective" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30PM on Wednesday, September 11. The lecture is free and open to the public. Dr. Banerjee is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the University of Southern California. His research, teaching, and writing is focused on the design and planning of the built environment and the related human and social consequences. In particular, Dr. Banjeree is interested in the political economy of urban development, and the effects of globalization in the transformation of urban form and urbanism from a comparative international perspective. His current research includes implementation of smart growth policies, converting brown fields to affordable housing, designing for residential density and walkable communities, and transit oriented development.

Dr. Banerjee’s previous areas of research and consulting have included comparative urbanism and urbanization, user perceptions of residential environments, spatial environment of adolescence, urban scale vulnerability of seismic damages, privatization of public life and space, transit corridor design and developments, and regional growth visioning processes. He served as associate dean of the former USC School of Urban and Regional Planning from 1982 to 1986, and as vice dean of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development from 1998 to 2001 (now the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy). He is principal investigator of USC’s Center for Economic Development and serves as the director of the Community Development and Design Forum.

In addition to his work in the United States, his consulting, research, and teaching assignments have taken him to such countries as Bahrain, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Morocco, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. His publications include Beyond the Neighborhood Unit (with William C. Baer), City Sense and City design: Writings and Projects of Kevin Lynch (co-edited with Michael Southworth), and Urban Design Downtown: Poetics and Politics of Form (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris). Dr. Banerjee is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a member of the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), and is actively involved with the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).


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