Dhiru Thadani Draws Out the Best That Cities Can Offer
Esteemed architect, educator, and CNU Board Member Dhiru Thadani entertained an enthusiastic crowd at the Chicago Architecture Foundation earlier this evening. Thadani gave a lively presentation surrounding the recent publication of his enyclopedic epic The Language of Towns and Cities. The “encyclodictionary,” already earning attention from the likes of the Huffington Post, leads readers into a visual wonderland of cities both real and imagined.
Speaking to the crowd, Thadani peppered his lecture with humorous drawings and slides that showcased how using right-sized applications of urbanist principles can combat some of the most vexing problems the built environment presents today. Thadani literally illustrates the ways in which New Urbanist thought can be a remedy towards the economic and environmental issues that undermine the vibrancy of our communities. Like the expressiveness of his drawings, and the enthusiasm sustained throughout Thadani's presentaton, The Language of Towns and Cities is a playful, yet serious-minded book that acts as a guide to cities once again finding and upholding a distinct sense of place.
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