Ballpark: Baseball in the American City
author Paul Goldberger in conversation with
The San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic John King
Join the AIA East Bay for a special gathering of the Regional & Urban Design Forum
2019 July 18 Thursday
AIA East Bay
1405 Clay Street, Oakland
AIA Members: $5.00, or $40.00 w/ book purchase (sales tax waived)
Non-Members: $7.50, or $42.50 w/ book purchase (sales tax waived)
Paul Goldberger will discuss his new book Ballpark: Baseball in the American City, in conversation with The San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic John King, in a wide-ranging discussion likely including the impact ballparks have had on American cities, the nearly two-decades old San Francisco Giants’ ballpark, and current plans for a new ballpark for the Oakland Athletics.
From the book, “The Howard Terminal project follows the current trend of extending a teams sphere of influence out beyond the ballpark gates and of trying to create a new neighborhood in which the ballpark can sit…Howard Terminal is not a suburban theme park pretending to be an urban neighborhood but a project that seems to celebrate rather than reject urban density…if built as designed, it would be the most frankly modern urban ballpark since Marlins Park in Miami.”
Paul Goldberger is the author of numerous books, and currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair while holding the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. Formerly the Dean of Parsons School of Design (a division of The New School), he was from 1997 through 2011 the architecture critic for The New Yorker, and before that The New York Times architecture critic for 24 years, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism in 1984.
John King has been The San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic since 2001. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the author of two books on San Francisco architecture. In spring 2018 he was a Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC.
The AIA East Bay’s Regional & Urban Design Forum (RUD), led by co-chairs Brian Stryzek and Jay Castle, aims to improve the quality of the urban environment of East Bay cities and the surrounding region by promoting excellence in urban design, land use and transportation planning, public policy, and implementation in the built and natural environment through monthly discussions (typically the third Wednesday evening of the month), as well as lectures, tours, and other events.