Urban Alchemy

Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities

Afterword by Ken Doyno
Foreword by Jean Nouvel

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Hon AIA, MD

Professor
Columbia University

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is Professor of Urban Policy and Health, Urban Policy Analysis & Management Program, Milano School for International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy, THE NEW SCHOOL for Public Engagement.

She is a former professor of clinical sociomedical sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, and professor of clinical psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Columbia University. Trained at Bryn Mawr College and Columbia University, she has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities and is interested in the links between the environment and mental health. Her research examines the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal.

She has published numerous articles and four books including Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It (2004), The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place (1999), and coauthored Collective Consciousness and Its Discontents: Institutional Distributed Cognition, Racial Policy and Public Health in the United States (2008) and Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power (2008). Her  title Urban Alchemy was published in 2013 by New Village Press.

Read about how a sense of history and community tugged at the heart of Mindy Fullilove and pulled her back to the Jersey home she'd forsaken in How I Learned to Love My Hometown by Mindy Fullilove and Molly Rose Kaufman featured in YES! Magazine's Summer 2012 issue.


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Root Shock
How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Hon AIA, MD
Root Shock examines three different U.S. cities to unmask the crippling results of decades-old disinvestment in communities of color and the urban renewal practices that ultimately destroyed these neighborhoods for the advantage of developers and the elite.



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Beyond Zuccotti Park
Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space
Roland V. Anglin, Caron Atlas, Thomas Balsley, Terri Baltimore, Shirin Barghi, Rick Bell, Marshall Berman, Julian Brash, Wendy E. Brawer, Paul Broches, Carlton Brown, Lance Jay Brown, David Burney, Brennan S. Cavanaugh, Susan Chin, Alexander Cooper, Arthur Eisenberg, Lynne Elizabeth, Anastassia Fisyak, Karen A. Franck, Michael Freedman-Schnapp, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Hon AIA, MD, Gan Golan, Jeffrey Hou, Te-Sheng Huang, Lisa Keller, Brad Lander, Peter Marcuse, Jonathan Marvel, Signe Nielsen, Michael Pyatok, Michael Rios, Jonathan Rose, Janette Sadik-Khan, Saskia Sassen, Paula Z. Segal, Sadra Shahab, Benjamin Shepard, Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, Honorary AIA, Gregory Smithsimon, Michael Sorkin, Nikki Stern, Maya Wiley
In the wake of the Occupy Wall Street movement, leading planners and social scientists examine public space today and freedom of assembly.



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What We See
Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs
Janine Benyus, Hillary Brown, Robert Cowan, David Crombie, Pierre Desrochers, Matias Sendoa Echanove, Nan Ellin, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Hon AIA, MD, Jan Gehl, Arlene Goldbard, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Ken Greenberg, Nabeel Hamdi, Chester Hartman, Sanford Ikeda, Allan Jacobs, Daniel Kemmis, Samuli Leppälä, Jamie Lerner, Elizabeth Macdonald, Clare Cooper Marcus, Richard Register, Mary Rowe, Janette Sadik-Khan, Saskia Sassen, Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, Honorary AIA, Robert Sirman, Michael Sorkin, Rahul Srivastava, James Stockard, Ray Suarez, Deanne Taylor, Alexie Torres-Flemming, Susan Witt, Peter Zlonicky
An enlivening discussion of critical issues affecting our cities and economies, What We See revises the insights of urbanist-activist Jane Jacobs through the fresh observations of leading contemporary thinkers in many fields.