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Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World

Date: 09/28/2011

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: 100 Rapson Hall

Cost: Free


Ross Chapin
Author and founder, Ross Chapin Architects, Whidbey Island, WA
Wednesday, September 28
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall
Books available for purchase at event ($29), book signing reception follows lecture.

Pocket Neighborhoods are about nearby neighbors coming together around a shared commons. These small-scale settings can foster a sense of community among neighbors, while preserving the need for privacy. Alumnus and architect Ross Chapin (B.Arch/BED 1979) will present a slide show about his new book on this topic, sharing stories of communities from around the world, their historic precedents, and the key design principles that give them vitality. Chapin leads a planning and architecture firm near Seattle, Washington that has pioneered this approach for 15 years. He has designed dozens of neighborhood plans for developers across the U.S. and Canada, and has been a development partner on six pocket neighborhoods, several which have received national housing awards. His work and ideas have been featured in USA Today, New York Times, and more than 30 books.

Book signing reception follows talk in the HGA gallery. Books will be available for purchase in Rapson Hall before, during and after the talk. The University of Minnesota Bookstore offers a special price of $29 (including tax) for copies of Pocket Neighborhoods purchased at this event. Checks should be made out to the U of MN.

For more about Chapin's Pocket Neighborhoods book, go to: http://www.pocket-neighborhoods.net/

Salovich Fund Dean’s Lecture presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota Bookstore.


  • Name: Laura Walton
  • E-mail: lwalton@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-6385
  • Sponsored by: College of Design

More information: http://design.umn.edu/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Lori Mollberg, College of Design, at lmollber@umn.edu or 612-625-8796.

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