An Urban Agenda for Parks Planning
You'll learn about:
- How planning for parks and park systems can help cities address a broader urban agenda related to resilience, equity, connectivity, and economic development
- Challenges and opportunities involved in parks planning across a diverse range of urban context
- Innovative approaches to community engagement, analysis, and implementation from parks planning practitioners in the public and private sectors
Successful projects such as the High Line in New York have renewed interest in parks and park systems as vital urban infrastructure that contributes to a resilient, equitable, connected, and prosperous city. This new perspective creates both new opportunities and new challenges for parks planning practitioners. How do we measure, understand, and communicate the impact of park systems on the health and well-being of cities? How do we align the specifics of our parks plans with the broader goals of urban regeneration? Learn how Raleigh, N.C., aligned park investment with new development to address equity amid rapid growth. Hear how projects along the Chicago River and Pittsburgh’s Allegheny River have substantially improved river ecology and boosted economic development. Explore how Dallas used a data-driven approach to demonstrate the economic and social value of a better-connected parks system. Collectively, these examples will inspire you to plan parks that creatively improve urban environments.
, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerConnie Chung is a Director based in the New York City office of HR&A Advisors, where her work focuses on strategic investment and planning that supports placemaking and economic development in emerging commercial corridors. A leader of the HR&A open space economics practice, Connie works with government, private, and non-profit clients across scales to develop economic strategies for urban open spaces, master-planned redevelopments and citywide park systems. Connie’s experience includes leading the strategic development, business planning, and pilot-phase implementation of The Lawn on D, an award-winning outdoor event space in Boston, crafting the development and implementation strategy for the emerging East Riverfront corridor in Detroit, and shaping programming, management, and governance plans for parks across the country.
, Agency Landscape + Planning
Confirmed SpeakerBrie is a principal and urban planner in Sasaki's Urban Studio. With a passion for understanding and improving cities and urban institutions, Brie brings a focus on integrating communities, context, and the human experience to Sasaki's planning and design ideas. She has extensive experience with community engagement processes and an understanding of the complex range of constituencies involved in implementing a successful planning project. Brie's work encompasses multiple scales and regions across North America. Her expertise includes a range of project types, reflecting the diverse nature of contemporary cities and encompassing city park systems, urban campuses, resilience strategies, downtown environments, and urban neighborhoods. Brie has worked for a number of colleges and universities, and is interested in the relationships between institutions and their surrounding contexts.
, 220 Fayetteville S treet
Confirmed SpeakerRoberta Fox is a registered Architect and serves as the Assistant Director of City Planning and Principal Urban Designer at the City of Raleigh Urban Design Center. Educated with a multi-disciplinary background, she holds a professional degree in Architecture from The Catholic University of America and a Master's in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. Roberta has a mix of private and public sector experience which includes over 18 years practicing architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design in public sector projects involving transportation planning, transit architecture, and transit oriented design. Her professional focus and research seeks to integrate land use and transit decisions into cohesive places made for people.