- First speaker: Christopher B. Leinberger, Brookings fellow, land use strategist
- Exploring role of thoughtful design in building livable communities
- Shaping Arlington's future
ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County will kick off its “RoundAbouts Speaker Series,” on Wednesday, November 13 with an appearance by Christopher B. Leinberger, a Brookings fellow, developer, researcher and author, who will speak on “The Urbanization of the Suburbs: Why Arlington is the National Model and Where Do We Go Next.”
Arlington has re-imagined the suburbs by giving them an urban feel. Now, other cities are following its lead. Leinberger will discuss best practices and lessons learned as we think about the future of American suburbs, and take questions. The free event, open to the public, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., in Arlington. A reception will follow the lecture. For directions to Artisphere, information about future speakers in the series, or to RSVP, visit the County website.
“Arlington County has made designing great places our priority – from our streets to public spaces. The ways we design our communities influences how we connect with each other and makes Arlington a great place to live,” said Bob Duffy, AICP, Arlington County's Planning Director. “Our speaker series will invite innovative thinkers to challenge our residents and design professionals in their thinking about the ways we can shape Arlington and reimagining how we design for our future.”
Series to encourage discussion on design, building livable communities
The RoundAbouts Speakers Series, hosted by the County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development, is meant to facilitate a broad discussion about the role of thoughtful design in building livable communities and to explore how we shape Arlington's future. Over the next coming months, this series will host national and regional experts on design, planning, placemaking, transportation, and other community development topics.
About Christopher B. Leinberger
Christopher B. Leinberger is a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. He is a Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream. Leinberger is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Business School and lives in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.
The design of our communities impacts how we interact with the space around us and each other – it influences how we live. Arlington County's Community Planning Housing and Development Department's Planning, Urban Design and Research Section is launching this lecture series to help raise awareness among residents and design professionals about the value of good urban design, and to advocate for better place-making in our community. The Urban Design and Research Section has been established to elevate the discussion of design throughout the community and educate people on the social and economic value of high quality urban environments.
The RoundAbouts Speakers Series will facilitate a broader discussion about the role of thoughtful design in building livable communities and will explore how we shape Arlington's future. This series will host national and regional experts on design, planning, placemaking, transportation, and other community development topics.