Lecture Series

The Next Generation of Parks™ speaker series introduces us to transformative parks designs around the U.S. and the world. Presented by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation with its partners the Walker Art Center, the Department of Landscape Architecture and College of Design – University of Minnesota, and American Society of Landscape Architects – Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN), the series features acclaimed urban parks designers and parks experts, who will focus on specific 21st century approaches to comprehensive parks planning and design.

Presented May 2013

Transforming an Icon: Tempelhof Airport, Berlin
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Creating People Parks: Governor’s Island, New York City
Spoke about how West 8 blends narrative and art with science and engineering in their placemaking. Geuze featured evocative places that inspired his work, as well as several of the firm’s own award-winning projects in Europe and the U.S.

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  • Jamie Dean, principal designer and program manager of London’s Green Grid
  • Robert Hammond, President of Friends of the High Line, and Lisa Tziona Switkin, 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.