Clark Art Lecture on Social Inequality and Urban Planning

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, April 7 at 11 am, the Clark Art Institute hosts a lecture by Giuseppina Forte, professor of architecture and environmental studies at Williams College, who discusses her new book project, "The Self-Built City: Material Politics and Ecologies of Difference in São Paulo," and questions how a built environment predicts social inequity. 
 
The free talk is presented in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
 
Forte's book project chronicles the forces shaping urban ecologies, from self-built homes to infectious diseases, and how colonial structures solidify sites of difference. From her experience as a visiting researcher at the University of São Paulo, Forte speaks with a rich collection of oral histories and archival research. The talk is presented as part of the programming for the Clark's Paper Cities exhibition.
 
Giuseppina Forte holds a Ph.D. in architecture from UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on urban history and theory, with a specialization in global metropolitan studies. With a transnational perspective gained from living, researching, and practicing architecture on three continents, Forte brings cross-cultural competency to her work. She has collaborated closely with historically underrepresented populations in cities such as São Paulo, Mexico City, Paris, San Francisco, and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
 
Free. Accessible seats available.

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Williamstown Charter Proposal Sparks Concern over 'Separation of Powers'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board and Planning Board this week clashed over a proposal that would add to the town charter a mechanism to ensure compliance with the foundation of town government.
 
The Select Board on Monday night finalized the warrant for the annual town meeting.
 
Most of the 42 articles on the agenda for the Thursday, May 23, meeting were recommended by the Select Board for passage with little or no comment. The primary exception was Article 32, one of five articles to result from deliberations of the Charter Review Committee.
 
The review committee spent about a year and a half reviewing the 68-year-old charter, which has not received a major revision over the last seven decades.
 
In consultation with consultants from the Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston and after reviewing best practices from municipalities around the commonwealth, the Charter Review Committee developed a number of recommendations to town meeting.
 
Most of the proposed revisions clarify existing charter language and bring the document in line with town practices that have evolved over the last half century (Article 30). Two of the articles resulting from the CRC are not actually charter changes at all but town bylaw proposals (Articles 33 and 34).
 
Two proposals would make substantive changes to the charter: adding a recall provision (Article 31) and creating a mechanism to enforce the charter (Article 32).
 
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