Mar
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Abnormal Origins of Normal: The Legitimation of the Motor Age Street

Thursday, March 12 | 7PM  


Join CNU New England for an evening seminar with Peter Norton, author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

Despite recent trends that better serve other street users, standards still overwhelmingly favor the driver’s perspective.  How did auto-centric standards become normal standards?  Learn from Peter Norton’s vigorous investigation on the history of the Motor Vehicle.

Though typically represented as the product of rational engineering guided by mass preferences, the status quo was actually the prize in a struggle between competing street users.  In the 1920s advocates for automobiles, who called themselves motordom, saw rational engineering and mass preferences as the enemy, and strove to redefine both. To legitimize its success, motordom then retold the messy story of the automobile’s rise in the American city as the inevitable consequence of technological superiority, mass preference, and American values.  This story remains an unappreciated impediment to efforts to better serve street users.

When: Thursday, March 12th, 7PM
Where: University of Hartford Wilde Auditorium, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford CT 

General admission is $10 / $5 for students and includes light refreshments. Please RSVP to let us know that you're coming. 

Featured Guest


Peter Norton
Peter Norton is a historian of technology with particular interests in streets and people. He is an associate professor in the University of Virginia's Department of Engineering and Society, where he has taught since 1998. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press).

We gratefully acknowledge our event sponsors: 

Allan P. Mackinnon
Anita Gelston Ballek
The Center for Transportation and Livable Systems at the University of Connecticut
The JCJ Architecture Endowment of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture

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Mar
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Tactical Urbanism: PopUp Providence, The Lawn on D, and Seth Zeren

Wednesday, March 11th at Aurora Providence

Join CNU New England for an evening of drinks and discussion in our DownCity Providence location. Catch up about recent happenings with CNU's current initiatives, both regional and national, and mingle with local tactical Urbanists.   

Food trucks, parklets, pop-up snow playgrounds, experimental bike lanes…  How can we use quick, creative, inexpensive urban interventions to make our city more livable? Come socialize with CNU New England and learn about tactical urbanism approaches from around the region.

Do you have your own pop-up idea? Note that applications for this year’s PopUp Providence grants are due BEFORE the event (no later than 4pm on March 11th). 
 
Stay tuned for events every second Wednesday of the month at Aurora from the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. 

When: Wednesday, March 11th at 5PM
Where: Aurora Providence, 276 Westminster Street, Providence RI 

Suggested donation $10. Please RSVP to let us know that you're coming! 


Special Guests

Emily Kish, PopUp Providence: Learn how PopUp Providence, the City’s take on tactical urbanism, has highlighted local talent through small‐scale interventions in the City’s public realm.  Emily Kish will discuss the creation, operation and impacts of the program, share lessons learned, and showcase several of the creative and inspired ideas.

Beth Torrey and Ali Butler, The Lawn on D: This first-of-its-kind outdoor interactive space in Boston is designed to encourage public engagement, foster creativity, and test opportunities for integrating the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) into the urban fabric with arts, music, games, food & beverage and other community-driven programming while balancing this with the needs of the traditional convention center users.

Seth Zeren, Boston Architectural College: Learn how tactical urbanism relates to debates about informality and economic development around the globe, how tactical urbanism can open up new opportunities in design education and community engagement, and how tactical urbanism can transform our relationship with planning, development, and city making.
 

Thank you to our event sponsor: 

Aurora Providence                                                      Cornish Associates 
                                                         

New! Volunteer opportunities

Interested in helping at one of our upcoming regional events, or lending your skills elsewhere to support CNU New England's mission to promote great places? Get in touch with us! We look forward to hearing from you. 
 

Support CNU New England

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