HONOLULU – Senator Stanley Chang invites the public to meet America’s most prominent urban planner, Jeff Speck, at the Blaisdell Center’s Pikake Room on September 9, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. Speck will be speaking about how to transform Honolulu into a safer, more pedestrian-friendly, sustainable city habitat by using the latest urban design and planning techniques.
Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Pikake Room September 9, 2019 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Presentation starts at 6:00 p.m.
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a private design consultancy.
Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His more recent book Walkable City, was the bestselling city-planning title of 2013-2016. Its sequel, Walkable City Rules, is described by Kurt Andersen as “a must read for urbanists, city-builders, and everyone who lives in cities.” His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than four million times.