As a Price Tags reader, you might want your view of the urban world changed this week.

Come hear Alan Berger, author of Drosscape, this Wednesday, May 23 (7 pm at SFU Harbour Centre) at the VIA Architecture Lecture on Urban Design.

Planetizen chose Drosscape as one of the Top Ten Planning Books of 2007: 

Drosscape is a fascinating visual examination of the modern built environment. Chock-full of photographs, maps and charts, the book exposes readers to the ‘wastelands’ of ten different American cities -– from older industrial areas in the urban core to modern complexes on the metropolitan fringe. While the book takes a mostly negative view of sprawl, it serves not as a condemnation per se, but as fertilizer for the germination of ideas regarding the productive reuse of these underutilized and spoiled landscapes.

Berger, an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, scans the globe with camera and insights into contemporary development—your guide to a vast, largely ignored field of waste landscapes and to the new chaotic urban landscapes in the emerging world. Expect a radical reconceptualization of your thinking.
Reservations: Email cs_hc@sfu.ca or call 604.291.5100 

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