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Innovative Planning Conference Focuses on Sacred Spaces and Urban Beauty
ANAHEIM, CA - (February 25, 2009) -

Urban design and planning experts headline Restoring Community Conference

New York Times columnist David Brooks, New Urbanist Andrés Duany, and planning expert Joel Kotkin will be the featured speakers at an innovative conference on urban planning and sacred spaces on Friday, March 13 in Anaheim.  Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and the Building Industry Association of Orange County are hosting this meeting to explore new ways of invigorating city centers with the vibrant and rich traditions of beauty and sacred space.  Aimed at policy leaders, urban planners, architects, and other professionals involved in the public sphere, this conference will provide a dynamic environment for discussion, dialogue, and the shaping of community.

"Annual budgets, economic development and land use planning are often the main focus of local government officials," said Mayor Pringle.  "This conference allows a focus on how to enhance and beautify our community." 

Held at Disney’s Grand Californian, the day-long conference will open with remarks by Joel Kotkin, a Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, and conclude with a presentation by David Brooks, author of "Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There." Andrés Duany, a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, will speak mid-day.

The conference will feature workshops such as "Building the Sustainable City: The Sacred, Safe and Busy", "Shaping Cities with Sacred Space", "The Importance of Beauty in Restoring Community" and "Can New Urbanism Deliver True Community?"  Other speakers will include Philip Bess, Professor and Director of graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture; writer, designer and philanthropist Roberta Green Ahmanson; Adrian Foley, President, Brookfield Homes; Greg Devereaux, City Manager, Ontario; Dr. Jim Belcher, Redeemer Presbyterian; Paul Bertelli, JLF Architects; Daniel P. Gehman, AIA, Thomas P. Cox Architects; Jonathan Bradford, Executive Director, Inner City Christian Federation; Albert Paley, a renowned American metal sculptor; Randall Jackson, President, The Planning Center; Emile Haddad, Chief Investment Officer, Lennar; and Eric Jacobsen, pastor and author of "Sidewalks in the Kingdom."

For registration information and a complete event schedule, please visit the conference website at www.RestoringCommunityConference.com. The Conference has been approved for 7.25 APA certification maintenance credits.


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ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous and most visited cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 351,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.7 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as: Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; L-3 Communications; Pacific Sunwear; and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including: Angels Baseball; Anaheim Ducks; the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with: The Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast; Honda Center; City National Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim GardenWalk; Angel Stadium of Anaheim; and ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes more than 20 million visitors to the City, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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