Alexander D. Garvin: The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities

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Alexander D. Garvin is president and CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists. Between 1996 and 2005 he was the managing director for planning at NYC2012, the committee who hoped to bring the Summer Olympics to New York in 2012. During 2002–03, he was vice president for planning, design, and development of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Over the last 43 years he has held prominent positions in five New York City administrations, including serving as deputy commissioner of housing and city planning. Garvin is adjunct professor of urban planning and management at Yale University, where he has taught a wide range of subjects including courses at the School of Architecture.

Garvin is president of the Forum for Urban Design and a member of the National Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Land. Between 1996 and 2004, he was a fellow of the Urban Land Institute for whom he has organized and taught workshops on basic real estate development, the residential development process, and the role of design in real estate. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Skyscraper Museum, the Ed Bacon Foundation, and the Society of American City and Regional Planning History.

Garvin is the author of the book, The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t (McGraw-Hill), which won the 1996 American Institute of Architects book award in urbanism. Garvin also wrote Parks, Recreation, and Open Space: A 21st Century Agenda, (American Planning Association, 2001) and is one of the principal authors of Urban Parks and Open Space and Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities (W. W. Norton 2010). His most recent book, The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities was released in 2013.

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