The Signature Bridges of the Flint Hills Nature Trail

APA Kansas Chapter

#9133676

Friday, October 20, 2017
2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

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Overview

Integrated art installations can greatly impact economic development, as evidenced by the High Trestle Trail Bridge in central Iowa. This session will focus on the four ‘signature bridges’ proposed on the Flint Hills Nature Trail in eastern Kansas, with an emphasis on how integrated art can make a difference for smaller communities.

Trails can be an economic boon for small communities, though if you add art into the mix, world-class destinations can be created. This session will focus on how trail development and integrated art can spur economic growth. We will focus on the four “signature bridges” proposed on the Flint Hills Nature Trail in eastern Kansas, highlighting the trail planning process, theming, and development of the four bridges. As a case study, we'll also look at how the High Trestle Trail Bridge in central Iowa has transformed that area in the past ten years. Primary learning objectives include: the basics of integrated art, how customized theming can add pride to an extended trail network, and how integrated art can impact economic development efforts.

Speakers

Martin Shukert, FAICP

Invited Speaker

Martin Shukert is a principal in RDG Planning & Design. Before entering the private sector, he served as Director of the City of Omaha’s Community Development and Planning Departments, and was involved in a number of major downtown and neighborhood development projects, including Omaha’s riverfront redevelopment and downtown housing programs. His work specializes in urban design; comprehensive planning; trail, transportation, bicycle and pedestrian systems; housing; and downtown and special district planning. He has received numerous planning and design awards for downtown development and urban design projects and has developed municipal active transportation plans and projects in Kansas ... Read More

Contact Info

Bonnie Johnson, bojojohn@ku.edu