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Urban planning presentation

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kristof Van Assche, assistant professor of community studies

Kristof Van Assche, assistant professor of community studies, is an urban planning expert.

Kristof Van Assche, assistant professor of community studies Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili 

“Under Pressure: Speed, Vitality and Innovation in the Reinvention of Urban Planning in Georgia,” the first ever Geo-Odyssey Talk from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the Atwood Memorial Center Glacier Room.  

Professor Kristof Van Assche, community studies department, is the guest speaker.  He has been invited to present at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on the topic.  

In his presentation, Van Assche will analyze urban planning in the country of Georgia. Since the Rose Revolution, Georgia has seen a reform of law, politics and the economy led by President Mikheil Saakashvili.  Reformers have had to accommodate entrenched local, regional and international interests, acknowledge power-relations that are not entirely malleable, and sometimes struggle with a political base that only superficially adopts many Western-inspired policies and values. In addition, the speed of reform itself, and the cult of youth, vigor and vitatlity that permeates the government institutions, has created problems in the quality and consistency of decision-making and sometimes veils old-style clan politics.

The Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society and Department of Geography are sponsoring the Geo-Odyssey Talk.  For more information, please contact Gareth John at gejohn@stcloudstate.edu.

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