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The Forum at Redwood City Presents:
Understanding Civic Art

Redwood City, CA - December 6 , 2005 - Architect and Urban Designer Greg Tung will be speaking at “The Forum at Redwood City” on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 from 6:00 - 7:45 pm with an exciting presentation on Understanding Civic Art: The Urban Design of “Everything Else.

What are the "shared" physical features of our urban environments – besides buildings, streets, and green spaces – that help to make our cities interesting, memorable and civilized places to live? The term “Civic Art" is sometimes used to describe the variety of things in that category - especially when the art is designed to be beautiful and meaningful, as well as useful. In this way, the "set pieces" of benches, lampposts, walls, bridges, and landmarks serve as both the backgrounds and foregrounds of our communities. 

Join Redwood City on December 7th for a personal look at how a well-designed "civic infrastructure" can be an important part of making our neighborhoods and cities more unique and livable.  

Greg Tung is a Principal of Freedman Tung and Bottomley (FTB), a San Francisco-based urban design and town planning firm specializing in downtown and neighborhood revitalization strategies, district-based specific plans and development master plans, development standards and design review, and designs for streets, plazas, and landmarks.

This promises to be a most interesting and pertinent Forum, great for anyone interested in our downtown renaissance.

The Forum takes place at the Little Fox Theater, 2209 Broadway, in downtown Redwood City. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. An optional no-host dinner with the presenter and other participants will be held following the Forum for those wishing to continue the discussion. The Forum brings nationally-known speakers and presenters to Downtown Redwood City for in-depth dialogues on city design issues, providing an on-going venue for professional-level education and dialogue about urban design issues, today’s hottest urban design topics, and most cutting-edge techniques.

By bringing together local government officials from throughout the Bay Area, as well as planners, urban designers, architects, and other professionals in the urban design field, these forums are intended to educate and foster discussion on new and emerging concepts in city planning and design. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Dan Zack
Downtown Development Manager

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