Urban Studies Annual Debra Friedman Lecture:
The University and the City: Place-based Anchor Institutions and Community Development
Place-based institutions in general, and universities in particular, are not going anywhere. The question is whether these institutions will simply be mired in their urban context or be foundational and instrumental to urban change—transforming and/or stimulating new rounds of urban development? For universities, it is not if they will be anchor institutions for urban change, but how they will do this and in what ways will the state and the region act to help them be foundational developmental institutions.
David Perry will address this question and report on the movement of the university from its pastoral roots as a ‘contemplative site of knowledge creation’ to a new role of ‘fully-vested urban institution.’ In such a role, the modern urban university may not be the “engine” of urban and global development (as some would rhetorically claim) but it certainly has acceded to a position of a key place-based institution in the urban and global economy.
David Perry is Senior Fellow of the Great Cities Institute and Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the UIC. He served for almost 12 years as Director of the Great Cities Institute and as the Associate Chancellor for UIC’s Great Cities Commitment.
Perry is the author/editor of 12 books, including Here for Good: Community Foundations as the Challenges of the 21st Century and Universities as Urban Developers: Case Studies and Analysis.
Perry has worked with numerous international, national and local public boards and commissions, including Chicago’s Zoning Reform Commission and the Urban Land Institute’s national Public Infrastructure Committee.
This event is free but registration is requested.