Join us for for a light-hearted look at signs

People, Places and Signs: a light-hearted examination of signs is photographed and presented by Gene Bunnell in his travels throughout the U.S. and Europe—their aesthetics, the messages they communicate and what they reveal about people, places and the passage of time.

Join us May 8th, 11:30am at the University Club, Albany. Register here.

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You won’t learn anything  technical or necessarily practical from this presentation.  What we expect you will take away is an appreciation of the importance of paying closer attention to signs.  Signs aren’t just negative intrusions that need to be controlled, but also valuable clues to people and places.  Paying attention to signs can immeasurably increase the pleasure of traveling to and experiencing different places, and enhance a planner’s understanding of the historic, social, economic, and cultural characteristics that make each place unique and special.

Given the pressing issues planners deal with on an almost day to day basis, it is easy for us to feel the weight of the world, and take ourselves and our work a bit too seriously.  Come to this luncheon presentation to give yourself a break, exhale and join your fellow planners in smiling a bit as we conduct a rapid-paced tour of “People, Places and Signs.”

Gene Bunnell, Ph.D., AICP was formerly on the faculty of University at Albany’s Department of Geography and Planning, where he taught courses in the Masters in Regional Planning Program and undergraduate Urban Studies Program for ten years.  Prior to that he taught urban and regional planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is the author of Making Places Special: Stories of Real Places Made Better by Planning (APA Planners Press 2002) He retired in September 2013 and is now an Emeritus Professor.

This event has been approved for 1CM Credits for AICP members.

The buffet will include soup, sandwich & assorted cold salad buffet and includes coffee & cookies.

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