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Van Alen Book Club

Photo: Zachary Tyler Newton
About

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: 30 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Questions? Email Associate Director of Research Andrew Brown

What We're Reading Now

Kick off the new year with discussion of Happy City by Charles Montgomery. Released in 2013, Montgomery’s book remains a must-read for anyone curious about how the physical city contributes to our health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

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What We're Reading Next

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.

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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.

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What We've Read
2019
2018

10:04
Ben Lerner

2017

The Drowned World
J.G.Ballard

2016
2015