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.

Join Us for the 2022-2023 Season

Making Healthy Places, with Dr. Nisha Botchwey

POSTPONED – New Date to be Announced Soon!

When: Early 2023
Where: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tickets: FREE

Dive into the intriguing interplay between our built and natural environments and individual and community health during this presentation and conversation by Nisha Botchwey, PhD, Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and author of the groundbreaking book Making Healthy Places.

“Public spaces are the most powerful frame for opportunity,” Dr. Botchwey has said, noting that 85% of an individual’s health outcomes can be attributed to social conditions and environment. In this presentation, she’ll show us the powerful reasons to have hope by helping us to understand “the edge of where we go to create thriving communities.”

This lively talk and conversation will address the major issues – climate, racism, economic opportunity, among them – in which public space plays a significant role. We’ll also explore stories of how engaging youth, empowering vital social networks, and advancing public policy can change the trajectory for future generations in the United States as they have around the world.

About Our Speaker
Nisha Botchwey, PhD, began serving as dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in January 2022. Previously, Dr. Botchwey served as associate dean for academic programs at Georgia Tech Professional Education. In that role she was responsible for developing academic programs, overseeing all academic offerings and curriculum, and leading outreach and student affairs. She played a key role in leading Georgia Tech’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where she was also a tenured associate professor in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning, and director of the School’s Healthy Places Lab. Over her career, she has been awarded more than $16 million from leading agencies and foundations as principal investigator or co-PI on more than 30 grant-funded projects. The impact of Dr. Botchwey’s public health and social justice work was recognized in 2021 with the prestigious Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning, and in 2016 by the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Save the Date – the Season Continues in 2023

Human Centered Design, with Mikyoung Kim

Thursday, March 30, 2023
Rapson Hall, University of Minnesota College of Design

About Our Speaker
Mikyoung Kim is an award-winning international designer who brings innovative ideas to the urban landscape. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as a powerful tool to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience. As the founder and design director of Mikyoung Kim Design, she has crafted an exceptional body of work, from children’s playgrounds to city parks and urban master plans, her work reflects a deep commitment to memorable place making that captures the public imagination. She is a fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects and a recipient of the prestigious BSA’s Women in Design Award. Her work is featured in the Smithsonian Museum “American Voices” Collection. A frequent international speaker, Mikyoung has lectured at academic institutions, professional organizations, botanic gardens, museums, and art institutes. She has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a Professor Emerita at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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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.


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
  • Paul Bauknight, Project Implementation Director, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
  • Gia Biagi, Principal of Urbanism, Studio Gang
  • Monica Bryand, wildlife photographer and Executive Director of Urban Bird Collective
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tabitha Montgomery, Executive Director, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
  • 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
  • Ambreen Tariq, outdoorswoman, founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, author of Fatima’s Great Outdoors
  • 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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