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Charles Montgomery is an author, community organizer, and social experimenter who blends urban design and psychology to explore how changes to city planning can improve the well-being of people in high-density living while decreasing the effects of human activity on the environment. Montgomery’s latest book, Happy City, takes a look at happy people around the work who transformed grim urban settings into cheerful spaces. Join us at this lecture and gain some insight into how our region can be happier, healthier, and more livable for everyone.
Chris Koch is CEO of the Design Center, an organization dedicated to design, urban planning and public policy resulting in more livable, equitable and sustainable communities in the Pittsburgh region. Koch, who also co-founded the social enterprise GTECH Strategies in 2006, has provided expertise on urban blight reduction strategies and social entrepreneurship to organizations such as the Brookings Institute, Princeton University, and has been honored at the White House as an emerging leader in the field of social innovation.
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