Next Generation of Parks Event Series

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Through the Parks Foundation’s always-free Next Generation of Parks™ events, global design innovators and thought-leaders showcase the most exciting new parks destinations, opportunities, and research and delve into important issues of place affecting the Twin Cities community today.

2021-2022 Season Opens October 7!

Race, Place, and Representation

Thursday, October 7, 7:00pm, via Zoom

About: Join us for a conversation with Kofi Boone, Tabitha Montgomery, and Paul Bauknight about the revolutionary work taking place around the country and here in Minneapolis to center BIPOC designers and communities in reshaping our public and civic spaces to be truly welcoming to all.
Our Panelists:

  • Kofi Boone – Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at North Carolina State University
  • Tabitha Montgomery – Executive Director, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
  • Paul Bauknight – Project Implementation Director, Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Details: FREE • Register and more info via Eventbrite

The Season Continues in 2022

Coming February 2022

Winter Hiking 101, with Ambreen Tariq

Copresented with The Great Northern

Coming April 2022

Human Centered Design, with Mikyoung Kim

About the Next Generation of Parks Event Series

In 2010, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation helped jump start a conversation about parks design and city-building with our first Next Generation of Parks™ Event 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.

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Series Videos 2010-2021

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Past Presenters 2010-2020

  • Sabina Ali, Co-Founder & Chair, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee
  • Adam Regn Arvidson, author of Wild & Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest
  • Gia Biagi, Principal of Urbanism, Studio Gang
  • Monica Bryand, wildlife photographer and Executive Director of Urban Bird Collective
  • Bruce Chamberlain, Minneapolis Parks Fellow, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
  • Maurice Cox, Detroit City Planner
  • Roger Cummings, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Juxtaposition Arts
  • Jamie Dean, Principal Designer and Program Manager of London’s Green Grid
  • Dudley Edmondson, wildlife photographer and author of Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places
  • Adriaan Geuze, WEST 8
  • Robert Hammond, Friends of the High Line
  • Eelco Hooftman, GROSS.MAX
  • Mark Johnson, co-founder and principal, Civitas
  • Janet Lansbury, parenting expert and author
  • Tom Leader of Tom Leader Studio with Sheila Kennedy of KVA Architects
  • Laurie Olin, founding principal of OLIN
  • Kate Orff, Founder & Principal, SCAPE Landscape Design
  • Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of the Board, 8 80 Cities
  • Sean Sherman, Founder and CEO, The Sioux Chef
  • Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner, NYC Parks and Recreation
  • Dr. Marla Spivak, Founder, Spivak Honey Bee Lab, University of Minnesota
  • Lisa Tziona Switkin, of James Corner Field Operations
  • Dana Thompson, Co-owner & COO, The Sioux Chef
  • Florence Williams, Journalist and author of The Nature Fix: How Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative
  • Lily Yeh, Founder, Barefoot Artists
  • Dr. Robert Zarr, Park Rx America

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