Island Press Events


Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 4:00pm PDT

Center for Architecture & Design
1010 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle

Thu, Jun 1 from 4pm - 6pm

at Center for Architecture & Design

The Main Streets America program helps to empower grassroots efforts to take on major placemaking efforts, building vibrant downtowns that reflect and serve local communities. As our urban spaces change ever more quickly, we  find it easy to talk about the changes we do or do not want to see, but the urban landscape is largely experienced visually.

Local author, urbanist and land use lawyer Chuck Wolfe believes that this realm of missing visual expression helps citizens, design professionals and elected officials alike  get to the heart of what matters to them in changing neighborhoods. In his new book, “Seeing the Better City,” Wolfe details his urban diary technique, using close looking and photography from Seattle and international venues to see and understand their urban environment and how human experience intersects with the built world.

Wolfe will present a brief talk, based on his book, followed by a walk through CfAD's surrounding neighborhood demonstrating his urban diary techniques and inviting participants to begin their process to envisioning a better Seattle.

Attendance to the talk will be limited to 50, attendance to the walk is limited to 25. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera – or phone! – on the walk.

Michael Carolan at the Tattered Cover

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 7:00pm MDT

Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
United States

Michael Carolan will discuss and sign his latest book No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise about becoming better food citizens. 

In today's fast-paced, fast food world, everyone seems to be eating alone whether it's at their desks or in the car. Even those who find time for a family meal are cut off from the people who grew, harvested, distributed, marketed, and sold the foods on their table. Few ever break bread with anyone outside their own socioeconomic group.

So why does Carolan say that that no one eats alone? Because all of us are affected by the other people in our vast foodscape. We can no longer afford to ignore these human connections as we struggle with dire problems like hunger, obesity, toxic pesticides, antibiotic resistance, depressed rural economies, and low-wage labor. Carolan contends that real change only happens when we start acting like citizens first and consumers second.

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here:

Tattered Cover Colfax Ave
2526 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206, USA


Immersion Book Signing at Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT

Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
United States

Come meet the author of Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels. Find out why Abbie Gascho Landis is a "freshwater mussel groupie." Learn about these remarkable, endangered animals, and why Immersion is about more than mussels.

Seeing the Better City at SF SPUR

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm PDT

SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Seeing the Better City

6:00 p.m. | Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Despite the widespread use of big data, GIS and 3D modeling, personal observation is still a critical tool for understanding what makes places successful. Without it, any analysis may overlook the key local contexts that make our cities unique. Join us as we learn about Seeing the Better City, a new book that focuses on how looking at the sights, sounds and experiences of a place can help create the policies and plans that will shape better urban environments. Co-presented by Island Press.

+ Chuck Wolfe / author


SPUR Urban Center

654 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105-4015

Email address:

Phone: 415.781.8726

See map: Google Maps


Free to the public.

WWF Fuller Seminar with Emily Monosson

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 4:30pm EDT

World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States


When: June 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Who: Emily Monosson
Where: WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)

About the seminar:

Bugs and germs are big problems—but in the fight to protect our food and health, they may also be part of the solution. In this talk, toxicologist and veteran science writer Emily Monosson will discuss the ideas from her exciting new book Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and HealthMonosson will present examples of natural defenses for both food and health, revealing parallels between medicine and agriculture and the importance of considering both together. Examples will include innovations that bring together ecology and the latest advancements in technology. From machine learning for diagnosing plant disease, to pheromones that distract crop-destroying moths from mating, to bacteria busting viruses that can preserve food and cure antibiotic resistant infections, these emerging solutions give hope for a healthier and more sustainable future.

WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe. Seminars are:

  • Free
  • Open to the public
  • Held at WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)
  • Begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Garden Dialogues with Margie Ruddick

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT

Olana Wagon House Education Center
5720 New York 9G
Hudson, NY 12534
United States

Garden Dialogues: Olana, Margie Ruddick & The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Working in collaboration with The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) this tour of Olanafocuses on the significance of the landscape and its impact on art. Part of TCLF’s nationwideGarden Dialogues program, the tour will be led by landscape architects, artists and othersfeatured participants who will offer personal insights and observations about Olana and itsinfluence on them, and engage in a broader conversation with attendees.

3PM | Individual: $60 | Ages 12+