Lecture Series

Spotlighting parks design and innovation

Through the Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series, 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.

The 2015 series features impressive talent and dynamic speakers from across the county and around the world – including our own backyard.

2015 Series Opening Night

University of Minnesota Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? Symposium
Northrop Best Buy Theater
This is a FREE public event

Seating is Limited • Register to Secure Your Seat

Kate Orff, Founder & Principal, SCAPE Landscape Design, and 2014 Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge winner

Please join us for an opening night reception
6pm in the Northrop Atrium

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(reserved parking available)

Co-presented with the
University of Minnesota
as part of the

Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? Symposium
April 17-18, 2015


2015 Series Continues

(Additional details to be announced)

Parks and the Next Generation

Cities for All: The Role of Parks & Open Spaces
Gil Penalosa, Executive Director, 8-80 Cities

About the Lecture Series

In 2010, we 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. The Parks Foundation has 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, 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.

Past Partners

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

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