UDC Talks

Join us for our free lecture series

Event posted May 10, 2017 - 6:00 am | updated Nov 27, 2017

The City of Raleigh will host a unique lecture series this year to highlight bold ideas, issues, and topics important to the development of the new City of Raleigh Dix Park project. Topics will include inclusivity, ecology, access, arts and culture, history, transportation, economic development, and connectivity, among others. These talks attract design professionals, government officials, and members of the general public to educate them on local design issues. The 2017 Lecture Series titled Bold Ideas for Dix Park and the City of Raleigh, will be jammed pack with lectures @noon and some @night.

The Raleigh Urban Design Center (UDC) and the Dix Park Conservancy invites you to join us.

The Power of Parks to Transform Communities & Individuals: An Evening with Gil Penalosa

Wednesday, December 6 | 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Raleigh Convention Center, Room 305

Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities and focuses on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars.

Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. The organization was created centered on a simple but powerful philosophy; if you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people.

All events are free and open to the public. Registrations not required and no reservations are needed. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch or dinner to the talks.

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Education Credits:
UDC Talks will qualify for education credits via self submittal for AICP, AIA, and NCBOLA.


  • Dec 06, 2017
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


  • Raleigh Convention Center
  • Room 305
  • 500 S. Salisbury St
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

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