Lecture:Syncopating the Urban Landscape: More People. More Programs, More Geographies

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Location: The Pit [Ground floor]

6:00 p.m.

DAN PITERA, Detroit Collaborative Design Center:

“Syncopating the Urban Landscape: More People. More Programs, More Geographies”


Dan Pitera is a practicing architect and teacher the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. The DCDC is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design firm which since 1994 has been dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design and the collaborative process, working with over 80 Detroit nonprofit organizations, community groups, and philanthropic foundations. The DCDC has won numerous design awards and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013- 2014. Dan Pitera was the 2004-2005 Harvard Loeb Fellow, and the 1998 University of Nebraska Hyde Chair of Excellence. Dan Pitera holds the position that the future and sustainability of any neighborhood lies in the hands of its residents and local organizations. Among many achievements, Mr. Pitera co-led the Civic Engagement process for the Detroit Works Long Term Planning initiated by Mayor Bing in 2010. On January 9, 2013, Long Term Planning team released its decision-making framework titled: Detroit Future City.

About the lecture series:  Charles Gordon was Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and for many years Co-ordinator of the Directed Interdisciplinary Studies program. Professor Gordon taught at Carleton for thirty seven years and was renowned for his scholarly research in industrial sociology, and the sociology of the environment. He studied and wrote about the relationship between design, work, and politics, producing articles such as “Goldilocks and the Three Sociologists”. The Charles Gordon Lecture is made possible through an endowment fund established by his scores of friends in 2004.


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