SPUR Evening Forum: Critical planning: A book talk and signing with John Kriken

"As an internationally known city planner and urban designer and the founder of SOM’s San Francisco-based Urban Design & Planning Studio, John Kriken is one of the country’s most experienced city planners. Join us welcome the release of his new book, City Building: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Critical Planning Principles for the 21st Century, and learn about Kriken’s experience with the very messy art of city planning. Reception to follow."

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