Through the Parks Foundation’s always-free Lecture Series events, global design innovators and thought-leaders showcase the most exciting new parks destinations and delve into important issues of place affecting the Twin Cities community today.
2017-2018 Next Generation of Parks™ Season
Presented by Minnesota Public Radio
Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:00pm • Walker Art Center
Always Free • Get Tickets at the Door
URBANISM & COMMUNITY IMPACT
Gia Biagi, Principal, Studio Gang
Presented in partnership with the Walker Art Center
This lecture features Gia Biagi, principal of urbanism and civic impact at Studio Gang Architecture in Chicago, who is widely regarded as a thought leader on the intersection of public space and social connection. At Studio Gang, she leads design teams, coordinates master plans, facilitates stakeholder engagement, and directs the urban approach for projects such as: Polis Station that proposes how to use design to improve relationships between police and the communities they serve; Civic Commons that reimagines how investments in public assets can be more relevant and equitable in cities; Edge Effect that conceptualizes Milwaukee’s port district as an estuarine condition that balances commercial, residential, and recreation uses; and Memphis Riverfront that proposes a vision for more than five miles of parks and trails along the Mississippi River.
2017-2018 SERIES CONTINUES
The intersection of art and place
Lily Yeh, Barefoot Artists
Thursday, March 22, 2018 • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Presented in partnership with MiA and MCAD
Lily Yeh is an internationally celebrated artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world. As founder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1968 to 2004, she helped create a national model in creative place-making and community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh pursued her work internationally, founding Barefoot Artists, Inc., to bring the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe through participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve indigenous art and culture. In addition to the United States, she has carried out projects in multiple countries including Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti, and Palestine.
Engaging communities through parks
Sabina Ali, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee
May 2018 • Date and location TBA
Sabina Ali is the Chair and founding member of Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee – created by residents to advance a transformative vision for Thorncliffe Park and the surrounding community. Under Ali’s leadership, the Women’s Committee revitalized the local park and created a healthy, engaged and inclusive community. Sabina has worked to build the capacity and economic opportunities of residents and manages a wide variety of food, art, fitness, markets and garden programs. Sabina is the recipient of the Elizabeth Coke award for excellence in leadership in 2011, the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize, and the 2014 Phenomenal Woman Award. She was selected as one of the Top Ten Torontonians to get the things done by Globe and Mail. She recently was awarded for her excellence in civic action.
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, 2010-2016
- Leila Araghian, Architect & Designer, Tabiat “Nature” Bridge
- Maurice Cox, Detroit City Planner
- Mark Johnson, co-founder and principal, Civitas
- Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of the Board, 8 80 Cities
- Roger Cummings, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Juxtaposition Arts
- Janet Lansbury, parenting expert and author
- Kate Orff, Founder & Principal, SCAPE Landscape Design
- 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, with Lisa Tziona Switkin, of James Corner Field Operations
- Laurie Olin, founding principal of OLIN
- Tom Leader of Tom Leader Studio with Sheila Kennedy of KVA Architects