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Van Alen Book Club:
Happy City

January 28, 7–9 PM

Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd St.

Kick off the new year with discussion of Happy City by Charles Montgomery. Released in 2013, Montgomery’s book remains a must-read for anyone curious about how the physical city contributes to our health, wellbeing, and quality of life.


This month’s book is available at a discount from the following independent booksellers:
Community Bookstore (Park Slope) – 20% discount
Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene) – 15% discount
(Just say you’re with Van Alen Book Club at check-out)


This month’s book club will be moderated by Julia Day, Team Lead, Gehl NY.

Julia develops projects across design, policy and strategy, focusing on creating public spaces where people can engage with and shape their cities. She has worked with city governments, community leaders, and developers across North America and the UK to transform streets into play space, to design mobility networks that position streets as public spaces and make walking and biking convenient and safe, and to develop frameworks for collecting quantitative and qualitative data on things we value, such as inclusion and belonging, but that often are considered too difficult to measure. With Gehl, she develops multi-sector partnerships that highlight the power of place to impact health and wellbeing, supports urban leaders in ensuring people are visible and heard in the city-making process, and manages the Gehl NY team. She has a Master’s in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

Van Alen Book Club meets the last Tuesday of every month (except December) in our street-level space. Our discussions, moderated by some of our favorite urbanists, use the urban experience in fiction and non-fiction as a springboard to ask how we experience cities, and how we want to make them in the future. Meetings are open to all, and include pizza, wine, and beer.

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