UDC Talks

Join us for our free lecture series

Event posted May 10, 2017 - 6:00 am | updated Nov 14, 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.

Planning Dorothea Dix Park with MVVA

Thursday, November 16 | @Noon
Raleigh Municipal Building Council Chambers | 222 West Hargett St., Raleigh

Michael Van Valkenburgh, President & CEO, MVVA

Matthew Urbanski, Principal, MVVA

If you’re interested in how a site is transformed an extraordinary public park – this lunchtime talk is for you. Come meet landscape architect and MVVA president Michael Van Valkenburgh and principal Matthew Urbanski as well as other members of the planning team for Dorothea Dix Park. Michael and Matthew will share insights into their design approach and lessons-learned from the firm’s public park projects around the country. Most importantly, they’ll share what makes the opportunity today at Raleigh’s Dix Park so unique and significant for the city, the region and the state. Learn how you can get involved in the planning process moving forward too.

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.


  • Nov 16, 2017
  • Noon - 1:30 pm


  • Raleigh Municipal Building
  • Council Chambers
  • 222 West Hargett Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

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