This fall, as the nation mounts a game-changing election, join Van Alen as we explore how political mandates and public participation shape the urban landscape. We’ll gain a better understanding of cities by asking questions like: What is the mandate of elected officials on the neighborhood, borough, city, regional, state, and federal level? How does a national election impact local issues like infrastructure and social policy? How do the decisions of politicians impact the physical form of cities and inhabitants' wellbeing? And how can designers and everyday people mandate from below, and influence the policies impacting the built environment through official and unofficial means?
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