Professional Practice

Symposium on Urbanism, Spirituality & Well-being: Future Urbanisms

Date: 6/8/2013 - 6/8/2013

Type: Events

Location(s): Massachusetts


How can the design of future cities support spiritual, physiological, and ecological well-being?

June 8, 2013
Harvard Divinity School Campus
Sperry Room, Andover Hall
Free and open to the public. Registration is requested.
Please go to for further details.

This day-long event will feature morning and afternoon panel sessions followed by a reception for symposium participants. Session 1 will feature Professor Tim Beatley on “Biophilic Cities,” Professor Julio Bermudez on inclusive modernism, and Alan Logan on the contribution of natural environments to health. Professor Jack Spengler, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health, will moderate the discussion. Session 2 will feature Professor Nimi Wariboko on the charismatic city, Professor Tom Barrie on the ontological roles of the city, and architect Nader Ardalan on the value of the cosmogonic city.

The discussions will highlight contemporary global trends and speculate on advances in urban design that support spiritual, physiological, and ecological well-being. Specific attention will be paid to our relationship with natural resources and environments—both ecological and social—that sustain us.

Related event: The annual meeting of the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality on June 6-7 at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts. Visit for program and registration details.


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