Alexander Garvin is an adjunct professor at Yale University, where he has taught for 50 years, and President and CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists, a planning and design firm in New York City. He is the author of numerous books including The American City: What Works and What Doesn't, now in its third edition.
What Makes a Great City
Join us for cocktails and celebration of architect, city planner, and Forum Vice President Alexander Garvin’s latest book, What Makes a Great City.
For Garvin, a great city is a dynamic, constantly changing place that residents and their leaders can reshape to satisfy their demands. Looking at several North American and European cities, from New York to Seattle and Paris to Madrid, Garvin examines how these cities have adapted and transformed over time. He analyzes the history, demographics, politics, economy, topography, history, architecture and planning of great cities, but the heart of the book lies with the public realm and its influence on the actions of the people.