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Photograph by Guido Vitti for Bloomberg BusinessweekPeter Bosselmann works nationally and internationally on urban design and planning projects. He established urban simulation laboratories in Milan, New York City, and Tokyo, modeled after the Berkeley laboratory that has been under his direction since 1983. His publications have appeared in a wide range of academic and professional journals. In his recent book, Urban Transformation: Understanding City Design and Form (Island Press), Bosselmann reflects on design methods as sources of knowledge necessary for design practice. Together with colleagues, he is currently working on a Global Metropolitan Observatory and a new book on the metropolitan landscape.
His earlier book, Representation of Places: Reality and Realism in City Design (University of California Press), found much acclaim among scholars in fields as diverse as history, psychology, journalism, geography, film, architecture, and planning. Bosselmann has produced numerous educational films about urban design issues in San Francisco and New York City; memorable ones include Times Square, narrated by Jason Robards, and New York’s Upper East Side, narrated by Paul Newman.
Bosselmann lectures frequently to audiences in Europe, Japan, China, Australia, and North America on his research in urban form and climate, traffic in neighborhoods, and on urban design representation. In 2006-07 he was awarded a one-year residency at the Politecnico di Milano; in 2000, a six-month residency at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; and in 1992 he held an endowed chair at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo. He currently holds an endowed chair at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China.
He is the recipient of numerous design awards, including awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Arts and Culture Indicators in Community Building Project for his work in San Francisco; an Institute for Urban Design award for his work in Oakland, Calif.; recognition for the Seaton Airport Lands design competition in Ontario, Canada; two Progressive Architecture Awards for urban design research for work in San Francisco and on the Toronto Downtown Plans; an award from the American Planning Association; and an invited exhibition of his work at the Triennale in Milan.