Island Press Events


Heart of the City Book Talk and Signing

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00pm EDT

92nd Street Y (between 91st & 92nd street)
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
United States

Why are some downtowns in trouble while others are thriving? How have those that were on the decline, like lower Manhattan, become resurgent? What does it take to ensure a healthy future for the heart of America’s cities?

Distinguished urban planner Alexander Garvin will answer these questions with Paul Goldberger, noted architecture critic and contributing editor at Vanity Fair. In this conversation on Garvin’s new book The Heart of the City: Creating Vibrant Downtowns for a New Century, Garvin identifies shared elements of great downtowns, offers lessons from successful and failed projects, and charts a path forward for prosperous downtowns.

A book signing follows the event.


Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:30pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Cities around the world are bracing for a growth spurt. With over half of the global population living in urban centers, and another 2.5 billion expected to join them by 2050, it’s time to rethink the traditional car-centric cityscape. But what goes into designing a sustainable city that can withstand the challenges of cars, climate change and rapid population growth?

Architect Jan Gehl is credited for helping turn Copenhagen into one of the world’s most livable cities over the past several decades. Gehl’s focus on making cities for people has influenced urban planning globally—including right here in San Francisco. Can other, less affluent cities around the world benefit from this human-centered approach to urban design?

Join us for a conversation with renowned architect and urban planner Jan Gehl and urban designer Laura Crescimano on building sustainable cities that make public life healthier, more inclusive and more dynamic.

Join our next webinar: Taking Lessons from Nature: How to Observe Our World

Taking Lessons from Nature: How to Observe Our World

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 1:00pm EDT

How long should a leaf live? When should blueberries ripen? Utilizing the knowledge of the natural world takes practice and observational skills. The real question is, why is it important to listen? 

This webinar discusses the importance of listening to the natural world to deepen our understanding. We'll feature panelists with a wide range of knowledge that will offer both a broad ranging and practical, on the ground perspective about learning in and from nature itself. 

The webinar is in partnership with Nature Camp

Panelists include: 
- John Pastor, author of What Should a Clever Moose Eat?: Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods
- Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow at Worldwatch and Director of EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

Moderated by Philip P. Coulling, Executive Director of Nature Camp

Ronnie Citron-Fink | An Island Press Author

True Roots Book Launch Event

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm EDT

6422 Montgomery Street
#Suite 6
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
United States

Join author Ronnie Citron-Fink at Oblong Books & Music [Rhinebeck] for the launch event for her upcoming book True Roots:What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me about Health and Beauty

Protecting Pollinators: Creating Habitats Big and Small

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 1:00pm EDT

The birds and the bees need our help. Pollinators help to feed us and make our world more beautiful, but their habitats need protecting. Backyard gardeners to big companies alike know this and some are creating strategies to protect these precious creatures. 

Join us for a webinar on how you can protect pollinating bees, wasps, bats, and birds on various scales. You'll hear strategies that are being implemented in small to large scale gardens. You'll be informed of best practices and inspired by the work that's being done. 

Educational and free, this webinar is for anyone seeking to learn more about pollinating species and ways to keep them safe. Question and answer encouraged! 

Panelists include: 
- Andrea Amaya-Delong, Director of Horticulture at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 
- Beth Robertson Martin, Sourcing Director - Nat/Org, Agriculture and Value Added Ingredients at General Mills (
- Jodi Helmer, Journalist and author of the new book Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World

Saving Our Suburbs Part 3: Smart Suburbs Webinar

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 1:00pm EDT

The formula that drove suburban growth for 60 years has run out of gas. Now what? From driverless cars to the internet of things, emerging technology can help suburbs deliver services more efficiently, reduce environmental impacts, and build community. Our expert panel discusses “future-proofing” to help suburbs surf the wave of new tech, not drown in it.