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Robert Bruegman — Sprawl: Learning to Love It, or at least why you should think twice about trying to stop it

September 17, 2011

Please join for this year’s first Department of Architectural History Lecture:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

5:30 pm

SCAD Student Center

120 Montgomery Street

Savannah, Georgia

Professor Robert Bruegmann will be speaking on:

Sprawl: learning to love it or at least why you should think twice about trying to stop it

For several decades now almost all “right minded” architects, planners and public officials have deplored sprawl, castigating it as economically inefficient, socially reprehensible, environmentally disastrous and aesthetically ugly. Across the world planners have devised greenbelts, growth boundaries and other schemes to reign it in. Architects have tried to replace it with schemes like the high density towers of Vancouver, the modern townhouses of Amsterdam and the mixed-use main Streets of the New Urbanists. But are these places where most people really want to live and do they really solve the problems of sprawl?

Robert Bruegmann is Distinguished Professor of Art History, Architecture, Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has published several books and numerous articles on a variety of subjects related to architecture, landscape and urbanism.

Department of Architectural History lectures are free and open to the public. For more information email:

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