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May 11, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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Virtual: First City on Mars -- An Urban Planner’s Guide to Settling the Red Planet

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Award-winning author and Tufts University Professor Justin Hollander will give a presentation based on his new book, "First City on Mars: An Urban Planner’s Guide to Settling the Red Planet". Hundreds of novels, films, and TV shows have speculated about what it would be like for us Earthlings to build cities on Mars. To make it a reality, however, these dreamers are in sore need of additional conceptual tools in their belt -- particularly, a rich knowledge of city planning and design.

Author Justin Hollander will draw on his experience as an urban planner and researcher of human settlements to offer a presentation on what a city on Mars might actually look like. Exploring the residential, commercial, industrial, and infrastructure elements of such an outpost, the Professor Hollander is able to paint a vivid picture of how a Martian community would function – the layout of its public spaces, the arrangement of its buildings, its transportation network, and many more crucial aspects of daily life on another planet. Professor Hollander will then bring all these lessons to life through his own rendered plan for “Aleph,” one of many possible designs for the first city on Mars.

About The Author: Justin B. Hollander, PhD, is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is an internationally renowned expert on the planning and design of human settlements, having written nine books and over 50 refereed journal articles on these topics. Professor Hollander is a frequent speaker, having appeared on both TV and radio – C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and the Diane Ream Show on NPR. He is also regularly called upon as an expert for a variety of media sources on urban planning and design issues, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and TIME Magazine. He was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and hosts the Apple podcast “Cognitive Urbanism”.

NOTE: This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 24 hours of the program.

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This virtual event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library and a collaboration between the several Massachusetts libraries.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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