Van Alen Book Club meets the last Tuesday of every month (except December) in our street-level space. Our discussions, moderated by some of our favorite urbanists, use the urban experience in fiction and non-fiction as a springboard to ask how we experience cities, and how we want to make them in the future. Meetings are open to all, and include pizza, wine, and beer.
Location: 303 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Time: 7–9 pm
Questions? Email Andrew Brown, Associate Director of Research
March 31, 2020
UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Van Alen Institute is currently closed to the public and this event is unfortunately cancelled. We’ll be in touch as soon as possible about rescheduling this and other upcoming events. We hope you’re staying safe, healthy, and connected.
As economic inequality grows, the role of real estate development, finance, and extreme wealth in shaping our city falls under even greater scrutiny. Join us for a discussion of Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State by Sam Stein. Stein explains how city planners have contributed to inequality, gentrification, and displacement, and looks for ways the profession can serve cities better.
April 28, 2020
UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Van Alen Institute is currently closed to the public. As of now, we’re keeping this event on the calendar, but in the case of a cancellation, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
Can more exposure to nature consistently improve your mood? Can even a glimspe of a tree, park, or river better your health? Should you put yourself on a nature “diet”? In The Nature Fix, Florence Williams’ reporting prompts these questions and more. Throughout she pushes researchers to explain humankind’s connection to the natural world, and explores the myriad implications for urban living.
The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York
Peter J. Tomasi
Illustrated by Sara Duvall
Building and Dwelling
Darwin Comes to Town
Radical Suburbs: Experimental Living on the Fringes of the American City
Amanda Kolson Hurley
Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
Palaces for the People
Behold the Dreamers
Sam J. Miller
The New Urban Crisis
The Third Plate
Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives
Sarah Williams Goldhagen
The Drowned World
In the Café of Lost Youth
The City & The City
How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature
John Dos Passos
Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City
Pierre Christin and Oliver Balez
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Istanbul: Memories and the City
Black Deutschland: A Novel
The Image of the City
On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square
24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep