Today, I gave a presentation/participated in brief table as part of D Magazine's on-going D Academy, where local professionals from a variety of fields learn about various subjects affecting the city. I was thinking this presentation was taking place later this evening and I'd have time to put together the presentation at the end of a typical workday.
That is, until my sub-conscious jolted me awake from a rare, pleasantly deep sleep at 4 am this morning and said, "dude! Dude! Wake up! I wanna play! Did you check what time the round table is? Maybe you should? It's not during the day? Maybe you should double check." And so I did once this internal monologue rattled me fully awake.
So I checked. YIKES! It's at lunch in a place entirely unwalkable or transit-able (sic). So I wrote out an outline stream of conscious-style of what I wanted to say. Put on a pot of coffee and got to work on a new powerpoint from scratch, caffeine-addled to the gills. Jonathan Swift would've been proud. Of the caffeine intake and productivity if not the quality.
I wanted to talk about the deeper, driving impulses towards density, towards cities and urbanization rather than grunt grunt tall building is density grunt. I think to fully explain the complex nature and inter-dependencies inherent in urbanism, this could and should probably double in size to include more statistics and anecdotes, but I was given 15 minutes. So here is the 19-slide show (I'm going to try and post Noah Jeppson's as well because there were some kick-ass photos in his):