Illustration: Lauren Nassef | Art Direction: Jelena Schulz

1. Urban Analogies
Cities evoke associations. Detroit used to be the Motor City, but now it’s the Shrinking City. Beirut used to be the Paris of the Middle East, but its beauty has been eclipsed by strife and abject destruction. “Composite Cities Istanbul,” this year’s European Symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design (Nov. 12–14 in Istanbul), will address urban evolution (and devolution) as it impacts our attitudes toward placemaking. Learn more at

2. Leg It
London’s Architectural Association (AA) has embraced Fit City ideals and will host its monthly AA Night School Run Club, through Southbank this time (on Nov. 3), in a 10k jaunt past the London Eye, undercroft graffiti, and skater territory with “animating urban commentary.”

3. Past Forward
The Savannah Historic District is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. and, fittingly, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its annual conference there (Nov. 11–14), with an emphasis this year on preservation activism, entrepreneurship, and climate change. Learn more and access the virtual option, TrustLive, at

4. Spatially Speaking
Nov. 15–18 in San Diego, the Healthcare Design Conference (in association with the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health) will take a typological approach to pushing healthcare forward. As medicine advances, so do the spaces for preventative care, diagnostics, treatment, and recovery. As salutogenic approaches to health evolve, so must architects in their thinking. Learn more at

5. Land Ho!
“Resiliency is inherent to how landscape architects are wired,” says 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects President Mark Focht in his invitation to the ASLA’s annual meeting in Denver (Nov. 21–24)—an urban success story of connectivity and community. Learn more at