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Van Alen Book Club October 2017: Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives
by Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Cognitive neuroscience and psychology meet architecture and cities in Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives, critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen’s most recent publication. On Tuesday, October 10, join Van Alen Book Club for a discussion on why a wide audience—not only design specialists—should care about architecture, and how we all experience and actively shape environments. The book takes readers on a journey to various urban landscapes, presenting the built environment as one continuous entity in which space and inhabitants are intertwined. Goldhagen’s new research also rethinks architectural principles toward caring, human-centered design.

This conversation will be led by Faith Rose, partner, O’Neill Rose Architects, and former executive director, New York City Public Design Commission.

Registration is open to new and former participants of Van Alen Book Club, and dinner and drinks will be provided.

Presented with Archtober.


Faith Rose is a partner at O’Neill Rose Architects, a Brooklyn based architecture firm.  Prior to joining ORA fulltime, Faith led New York City’s Design Excellence program for ten years and was appointed Executive Director of New York City’s Public Design Commission by Mayor DeBlasio in 2014.

Faith has written and spoken widely about the design of public spaces.  She has also been recognized for her leadership within the profession and has been awarded the AIANY Pubic Architect Award and the AIANYS President’s Award.  Faith Rose received her Masters of Architecture from Yale University and her Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College.

O’Neill Rose Architects has been recognized in the United States and internationally through publications and awards such as Dezeen, Architizer, and the AIA.