Island Press Events


Building the Cycling City by Melissa Bruntlett & Chris Bruntlett | An Island Press book

Books & Bikes with the Bruntletts

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 6:00pm NZDT

Central City Library
44-46 Lorne Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

The Bruntletts: Ride, presentation, and book signing, all in the one amazing night.

"Around the world, countries marvel at the Netherland’s impressive cycling culture and infrastructure while an insidious “that would never work here” attitude prevents real change from happening. But the Dutch overcame many of the same challenges as other car-clogged countries, and their story is an important model for moving the rest of the world toward a more human-scale, bike-friendly future.

In Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality, Melissa Bruntlett and Chris Bruntlett share the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch cycling story, show how some of the ideas are already being adopted in global cities, and draw out concrete lessons for other places to follow their lead."

Come join us on the 23rd of November for another wonderful and intimate evening with Women in Ubanism, and our special guests, Melissa and Chris, as they launch their new book in Aotearoa. 

The night will start off with a short ride around the city with Melissa and Chris, you do not need tickets for this part of the evening. Simply join us at Peach Pit, on Auckland's Karangahape Road from 5pm with your bike to come on a safe and guided city jaunt, pre-event. You will need tickets to come to the book talk and signing, and as usual these are limited, so get in quick!

Brought to you by: Women in Urbanism, Frocks on Bikes, and the Auckland Design Office.

ENTANGLED: A Deep Dive into the Vaquita Crisis

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:00pm PST

Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2

When researcher Brooke Bessesen set out to write a book about the smallest cetacean she had no idea how high the stakes would be. Traveling into Mexico, she found a cartel drama unfolding. Over the next twenty-two months she followed the scientists studying vaquitas and the organizations and honest fishermen facing grave risk to save these tiny porpoises. Attempting to reconcile the conflicts obstructing conservation amid rising violence and a plummeting vaquita population, Brooke found herself on a raw, personal journey to the doorstep of extinction. In this presentation, she shares stories from the field and helps clarify the historical and immediate forces driving a species to the brink. 

When? Tuesday 27th November @ 7pm (doors 6.30pm)
Price: Free, but register to guarantee your seat. (There will be a limited number of tickets on the door)
Accessibility: This event will be ASL signed and is wheel-chair accessible 
Location: The Vancouver Aquarium - Aquaquest Reception


Cheryl Heller at the 92nd Street Y

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm EDT

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
United States

Harnessing the Creative Potential of Design for Social Good
Cheryl Heller with Rosanne Haggerty

Designer and business strategist Cheryl Heller, author of The Intergalactic Design Guide, talks with designer Rosanne Haggerty about how social design can help address our most pressing challenges, from poverty to climate change.

Design has built global brands, disrupted industries, and transformed our lives with technology. It has also contributed to the complex challenges we face today. Social design is a new kind of leadership. Cheryl and Rosanne discuss some innovative approaches for increasing creativity, strengthening relationships, and developing our capacity to collaborate—with the potential to transform everything from corporations to cities and to design ourselves for change.