Spring 2015



Urban Planning
in the 4th Century BC

The Arthashastra of Kautilya is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy, and military strategy, written in Sanskrit. The text was influential until the 12th century, when it disappeared.  It was rediscovered in 1904 and was first published in English in 1915. The wealth of information on statecraft and military strategy have been widely studied. Mr. Nelson will take on a portion of this ancient document that has been largely neglected: its designs and recommendations for urban planning.

Tuesday, March 31
5:30-8:30 pm

The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30 followed by discussion and more cocktails.
$40 includes drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches.
Reservations are required.

John Nelson is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a consulting architect in Chicago, and teaches architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mr. Nelson was the founding member and President of Environ, Inc. Architecture, Design & Planning in Chicago.  During his tenure at Environ, his responsibilities included business development, project design and coordination.  In 2003 Environ merged with Harley Ellis Devereaux, a national firm, and he became the managing principal of the Chicago office.  Mr. Nelson obtained extensive experience as a designer and project director for several of Chicagoís leading architectural design firms, including Bertrand Goldberg, RMM, Inc., and Graham, Anderson, Probst and White.  At Harley Ellis Devereaux he also served as one of the Corporate Executives.  In 2010 he formed UhlirNelson Consulting to collaborate with other leading professionals on unique planning and design projects.

Mr. Nelsonís experience includes an expansive range of architectural and interior design planning services related to a variety of corporate, governmental, institutional and residential projects. He specialized in programing and planning and preliminary design concepts for both new and adaptive re-use projects

He is a past President of the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter, and has served as a member of the Chicago Plan Commission and the Mayorís Landscape Advisory Task Force.



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ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at curtis.tuckey@logicophilosophicus.org.