While urbanists are often intrigued by the resources of the big cities and the wicked challenges of the shrinking ones, the middle is often overlooked. Yet, much can be learned from the ongoing renaissance in America's middle cities. For landscape architects, this is an interesting and active terrain. Gina Ford will showcase the work of her practice - Agency Landscape + Planning - focusing on these questions: What is the role of public realm in the revitalization of mid-sized cities? What are successful strategies that may relate to or be inspiring to Michigan's mid-sized cities? Her talk will provide examples from around the country including riverfront revitalization, community engagement, activation of underutilized park assets and tactical urbanism.
Parks & Recreation
Sustainable Development & Design
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Understand the specific environmental, social and economic pressures on the parks, public spaces and natural resources in American mid-sized cities.
Draw from specific planning and design strategies that address the challenges of these cities while also creating new multi-benefit solutions.
Describe different tactics and approaches to community outreach, engagement and input in large complex urban work.
Gina Ford, FASLA
Michigan Chapter-American Society of Landscape Architects