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Van Alen Book Club

Photo: Zachary Tyler Newton

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

What We're Reading Now

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.


What We're Reading Next

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.


What We've Read

Ben Lerner


The Drowned World