Urban Alchemy Reading Group

Join UofO’s summer reading group of the seminal text “Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities” by Dr. Mindy Fullilove


You can purchase the book here. Use the code ALCHEMY25 at checkout for a 25% discount.

In addition to four weekly reading group sessions on zoom (Monday’s between July 12th and August 2nd at 6PM) we will host two in-person events in Orange. 

The first is a Sorted-Out City Walking Tour on July 15th at 6:30PM. We’ll meet at the HUUB and take a walk together to see both the fracture and sorting of Orange, NJ but also the resources, assets, and treasures that make our city great.

The second is the Ben Jones Community Garden on August 5th at 6:30PM. We’ll meet at the gardens at the HUUB, where we will keep the whole city in mind, find what we’re for, make a mark, unpuzzle the fractured space, unslum all neighborhoods, create meaningful places, strengthen the region, show solidarity with all life, and celebrate our accomplishments – ALL at the Ben Jones Community Garden. 

As always – these events are free and open to everyone. You can register for free on our website: https://universityoforange.org/events

What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other?

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, the acclaimed author of Root Shock, uses her unique perspective as a public health psychiatrist to explore and identify ways of healing social and spatial fractures simultaneously. Using the work of French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart and the American urban design firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative as guides as well as urban restoration projects from France and the US as exemplary cases, Fullilove identifies nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole.

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