Urban Design Education Forums
Raleigh Urban Design Center - Education Forums - Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
Raleigh's Identity - What's Downtown Got To Do With It?
Americans consistently say that the country's top issues are the economy, jobs, and infrastructure. Raleigh is at the forefront on these issues and is now one of the best places in the U.S. to live, work, and recreate. Downtown is central to the city's achievements and its economic competitiveness. Downtown has become a place for people, a destination for business, and a hub of urban activity. The resulting economic impact stems from investments made to create an 'experience of place.' The city is designed and organized to celebrate the public realm and built environment, promote bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly initiatives, and host community events and national attractions. Consequently, the interest, engagement, and investment of businesses and employees, residents, and visitors help the city continue to build economic capacity, attract jobs, and expand its infrastructure to support future growth throughout the city. Upcoming presentations will help expand the conversation as we begin updating the Downtown plan.
Join us at the UDC's new location:
220 Fayetteville Street
12 Noon - 1:30 pm
Contact Trisha.Hasch@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-4641.
All events are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the forum.
Education Credits - In Process
- Landscape Architects may be approved for 1.5 credits through the NC Board of Landscape Architects. Please pick up a confirmation at the end of the lecture and self-report.
- Architects self-report through AIA-NC.
- Planners submit for credit approval through AICP's Certification Maintenance Program.
February 13 --- “Bike Share in Raleigh.” - Watch the Video
Presenters: Jennifer Baldwin, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, Raleigh Transportation Planning and Mauricio Hernandez, Transportation Planner, Toole Design Group and Charlotte B-Cycle Program.
- Why are Bike Share programs important?
- What is the national perspective on Bike Share programs?
- How are Bike Share Programs working in other cities?
March 20, 2013 - Residual Raleigh-Tapping the Potential of Unused Space in Downtown - Watch the Video
Presenters: Brett Hautop, AIA, LEED®AP, Gensler; Matthew Griffith, AIA, and Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA, LEED®AP, Principals, in situ studio
- Where are the primary concentrations of unused land, both publicly and privately owned in the Downtown district?
- What are the best potential uses for unused land in Downtown?
- How can we work together to transform underused areas into great public spaces, such as pocket parks, restaurants and retail, pop-up shops, and outdoor office spaces?
April 17, 2013 - Downtown Durham's Open Space Plan
Presenters: Tom Dawson, RLA, Urban Designer, and Sara Young, AICP, Urban Design Center Supervisor, Durham City-County Planning Department
- How does a city construct a participatory design process?
- How do designers and planners generate conceptual designs?
- How will Durham implement the new open space system?
May 15, 2013 - Raleigh, A Festival City
Host: David Diaz, President and CEO, Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Presenters: Sarah Powers, Executive Director, Visual Art Exchange / SPARKcon organizers, and Samantha Hatem, Media and Outreach, Empire Eats
- Why are community and national events important?
- What do they mean for Raleigh?
- What is the economic impact?
June 19, 2013 - Raleigh's Pedestrian Plan
Host: Eric Lamb, PE, Manager, Raleigh Office of Transportation Planning
Presenters: Lauren Blackburn, AICP, and Helen Chaney, NC Department of Transportation and Fleming El-Amin, AICP, Transportation Planner, Raleigh Planning and Development Department
- What is the value of a pedestrian plan?
- What does Raleigh's new pedestrian plan propose?
- How will the plan be implemented?
July 17, 2013 - Kids ‘n Downtown
Come see Raleigh from the perspective of a group of kids who grew up here and will share their views. A lively and diverse city encourages ALL ages to come out and mingle in its public places. This forum will explore ways in which our streets, neighborhoods and downtown can be enlivened by inviting our kids out to play
Presenters: Tina Govan, Architect and Long-Time Downtown Resident and Mom, and Max Wlodarzcak, EB Brown, Gardner Goodall, Simon Barrie, Berrach Rogers, and Peter Menzies, college students who grew up Downtown
- What's it like to grow up in Raleigh?
- How can Raleigh increase the number, variety and quality of public spaces that welcome children and active play?
- How are children activating and animating public places in other cities?
- How are we succeeding and how are we failing? What stands in our way from truly earning the title of "Playful City" that the sign on Wade Ave. says we are?