Event Series

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 and delve into important issues of place affecting the Twin Cities community today.

2020 Next Generation of Parks™ Events

We have postponed our final event of this season featuring Dr. Craig Wilkins, originally scheduled for Thursday, May 7. We will announce a new date as soon as we can. Please check back later this spring, or sign up for our newsletter to get the announcement straight to your inbox. Thank you!

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Stories from the Landscape
Dr. Craig Wilkins
Lecturer in Architecture, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Founder, The Wilkins Project


Always Free

About the Event
Dr. Wilkins will create an experience about the cultural lens through which people read, understand, and inhabit parks and public space.

About Dr. Wilkins
Architect, author, academic and activist, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins serves on the faculty at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. A 2017 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum National Design Award winner, his design work has been featured in such publications as the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Atlantic, and Fast Company. His critical essays and commentary have been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, International Review of African American Art, Art South Africa, Volume, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Detroit News among others.

A 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow, the former director of the Detroit Community Design Center is the author of “The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space, Architecture & Music” (University of Minnesota 2007), “Ruffneck Constructivist” (Dancing Foxes Press/ICA 2014) and “Diversity Among Architects: From Margin to Center” (Routledge 2016) as well as co-editor of “Activist Architecture: A Field Guide to Community-Based Practice” (DCDC Publications 2015). The creative director of the Wilkins project, he is a 2020 Spatial Justice Fellow at the University of Oregon of Architecture & Environment. 

ASLA-MN Professional Development Hours
The Minnesota Board does not pre-approve courses and activities, however to the best of our knowledge this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements outlined in MN Statute 326.107. Final discretion is up to the ASLA-MN Board.

More from the 2019-2020 Season

Videos from 2019-2020 Season

Video from Dr. Marla Spivak’s Parks & Pollinators talk, February 27, will be posted soon!

More Videos

To catch up on what you might have missed from past seasons – or want to see again – please visit our Vimeo or YouTube channels. Or explore a range of our video content by visiting our videos page. Please note that not all Next Generation of Parks talks were filmed.

Become a Next Gen Sponsor

Our audience is forward-thinking and engaged. Find out how you can connect with them through sponsorship. Contact Jennifer Downham at jdownham@mplsparksfoundation.org or 612.822.3401.

About the Event Series

In 2010, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation helped jumpstart 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.

Past Presentations, 2010-2019

  • Sabina Ali, Co-Founder & Chair, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee
  • Leila Araghian, Architect & Designer, Tabiat “Nature” Bridge
  • Gia Biagi, Principal of Urbanism, Studio Gang
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lisa Tziona Switkin, of James Corner Field Operations
  • 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