The Forum for Urban Design and the Institute for Urban Designâ€”two New York City organizations that promote, well, urban designâ€”announced that they have merged, effective immediately. The new â€œForum and Institute for Urban Designâ€ will be led by co-presidents Michael Sorkin and Alexander Garvin and consist of 400 fellows. The organization will regularly be hosting roundtables, symposia, and debates about urban planning and development in cities around the world. The first program, on April 16, will be focused on the future of subsidized housing.
â€œI am delighted at the long overdue union of the Institute and the Forum,â€ Sorkin said in a statement. â€œJoining forces will yield a stronger voice on behalf of a progressive vision of urban design for New York, as well as cities around the world.â€
No soggy Wednesday morning in New York could deter park aficionados, urban planners, and assorted Olmstedians from attending a talk and book signing by Alexander Garvin and Robert Twombly. The former head of planning at the LMDC, Garvin is the author of Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities (W.W. Norton, $59.95), just hitting the bookstores this week. Twomblyâ€™s Frederick Law Olmsted: Essential Texts (W.W. Norton, $24.95), came out this past summer.