NHIA Presents City Planner Jeff Speck

Jennifer Robertson on 10.14.15

New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to present an evening with Jeff Speck, city planner and the author of "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time," November 9, 6:30-9pm at NHIA, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH.

Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

“We are very pleased Jeff is coming to NHIA to talk with the school and the community of Manchester about how we can continue to improve our city in a smart and sustainable fashion,” said Kent Devereaux, President at NHIA. “His expertise in turning an urban vision into reality is unparalleled. He’s coming to Manchester at a time when we are on the cusp of becoming a cultural destination so his feedback about how we can continue to grow towards that goal is highly anticipated and timely.”

David Preece, Executive Director/CEO of the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission said, “Creating more livable and walkable communities is an important factor in improving health, social and economic well-being in New Hampshire. Communities that work to offer these opportunities also realize important economic benefits by making themselves attractive to businesses and individuals.”  

“Jeff Speck, promises an engaging, thought provoking insight to the world of urban planning and the walkable city,” says Intown Manchester Executive Director, Sara Beaudry. “Mr. Speck offers insight into a broad range of strategies, techniques and activities that will continue to move Manchester in right direction.” 

“The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce promotes and works to enhance downtown Manchester’s economic vitality, cultural and historic resources as well as quality of life. We are excited to hear Jeff’s points of view, as we are always looking for ways to encourage people to not only visit Manchester, but to live work and play here,” said Michael Skelton, President of the GMCC

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm followed by Speck’s presentation, Q&A and book signing, 7-9pm. This event is free and open to the public. Speck’s latest book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time is now available in print, digital, and audio format.


Event Sponsors:

Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission

Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) was formed under the New Hampshire Statutes in 1966 and serves as the coordinating agency for the planning initiatives of fifteen communities in the region. By taking a regional approach to address development concerns, we can attempt to craft effective and efficient solutions that will preserve the special character and valuable resources of the region. For more information visit www.snhpc.org.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Incorporated in 1911, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) is the largest business organization in New Hampshire, focusing its efforts primarily on Manchester and the surrounding communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, and Merrimack.  It is the Chamber’s mission to be the leading force in the improvement of the business environment, the economic health and the general vitality of the region. The GMCC provides members with marketing opportunities, economic indicators, legislative bulletins, and representation in both local and state government.  For more information visit www.manchester-chamber.org.

Intown Manchester

Intown Manchester Management, Inc. is a non-profit organization working, in cooperation with the City of Manchester, to increase downtown's competitiveness and to affirm Manchester's position as an economic leader of the New England region.  Our service areas include outdoor maintenance, beautification, and business support through marketing, communications, and event production. For more information visit www.intownmanchester.com.

Devine Millimet

Established in 1947, Devine Millimet is one of the largest and most dynamic business and litigation law firms in the region, with 68 attorneys and the largest New Hampshire-based litigation team of 38 trial lawyers. The firm maintains offices in Manchester, Concord, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information about Devine Millimet, please visit our new website at www.devinemillimet.com.

Mint Bistro

We are passionate about bringing Manchester a new level of sophisticated cuisine with our contemporary fusion menu. For more information click here.


About New Hampshire Institute of Art

Since 1898 the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) has remained committed to its original mission of engaging students, artists, scholars, and the community in the arts through quality education, outreach, and access to creative resources, with a focus on the present and a vision on the future. NHIA is a non-profit, independent college that offers four-year Bachelor of Fine Art degree programs in Art Education, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, and Photography. NHIA also offers two-year Master of Arts in Art Education, and Master of Fine Art programs in Creative Writing, Photography, Visual Art, and Writing for the Stage and Screen in addition to serving over 1,500 students annually through its community education programs. NHIA’s academic and administrative programs and residence halls are housed in 11 buildings spread throughout downtown Manchester with additional studio and exhibition facilities located in Sharon and Peterborough, New Hampshire.