Lecture Series

Spotlighting Parks Design and Innovation

Through the Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series, we invite global design innovators and local thought-leaders showcase the most exciting new parks destinations and delve into important issues affecting our vibrant city and region.

2015 Presentations

About the Lecture Series

In 2010, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation helped jumpstart a conversation about parks design and city-building with our first Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series, hosting landscape designers and park advocates whose work includes The High Line in New York and London’s Green Grid. We have produced a lecture series nearly every year since, always with the goal of demystifying the impact of great design – inspiring thousands to be champions for dynamic, vibrant public space in Minneapolis and throughout the region.

Past Presentations


  • Adriaan Geuze, WEST 8
  • Eelco Hooftman, GROSS.MAX
  • Jamie Dean, principal designer and program manager of London’s Green Grid
  • Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, and Lisa Tziona Switkin, of Principle of James Corner Field Operations and primary designer of New York City’s High Line
  • Laurie Olin, a distinguished teacher, author and founding principal of OLIN, one of America’s leading landscape architecture firms
  • Tom Leader of Tom Leader Studio and Sheila Kennedy of KVA Architects, designers of RiverFirst, the winning proposal for the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition.

Past Partners

The Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series has been proudly co-presented with significant contribution from these partners:

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