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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
September 28, 2004

Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture's David Lewis Lecture Series Presents President and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism John Norquist

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture's third annual David Lewis Lecture presents John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, Wis., and the current president and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2004, in Kresge Recital Hall in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts building. Urban Design Associates sponsors the David Lewis Lecture Series in honor of the firm's founder, David Lewis, Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies in the School of Architecture.

Norquist's lecture, "Unlocking the Value of the Urban Form," will address transportation design issues and the intellectual movements that fueled sprawl. He uses a series of eye-opening images and disarming questions to make his point: Why is it always our traditional cities and towns, not our new communities, featured on postcards? Why do we destroy efficient street grids and valuable urban fabric in cities to replace them with superhighways that concentrate traffic, increase congestion and diminish property values? If sprawl offers us such an unsatisfying environment, why do we build so much of it, especially when better alternatives exist?

Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988 to 2003, Norquist led the city to a decline in poverty and a growth in new downtown housing, and it became a national model of welfare reform and education. Under Norquist's direction, the city had a revision of the zoning codes and created walkable streets and new public amenities, such as the city's 3-mile river walk. He has drawn national recognition for championing the removal of a stretch of freeway to be replaced by $250 million in development in the heart of Milwaukee.

A participant in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of "The Wealth of Cities," where he contrasts the beauty and logic of real cities and well-planned towns with the puzzling sprawl that dominates our current landscape. He has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Marquette University.

The School of Architecture is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information on the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture lecture, contact 412-268-6390. For more information on the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765.

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