Urban Design / Downtown Revitalization

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-A11 - Deck Parks—the Future of Open Space in our Cities?

Sunday, October 21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: 126-AB


Our cities face increasing growth and density, as more people live and work in urban cores. While infrastructure has long divided urban communities, cities can find ways that infrastructural needs can be met while also connecting urban spaces, creating iconic places that are social and economic catalysts.

Learning Objectives:

Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA

Senior Principal & President
Hargreaves Associates

Mary Margaret Jones is President of Hargreaves Associates, globally renowned for innovative design of reclaimed urban waterfronts and recipients
of over a hundred national and international awards, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. As president, Mary Margaret leads the
firm's three offices in San Francisco, Cambridge and Hargreaves Jones in NYC on projects such as the London Olympics Parklands, Discovery Green
and Crissy Field. She is a past Visiting Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and
Fellow and Chair of the Board of the American Academy in Rome.


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Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA

Professor of Architecture & Urban Design
University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Taylor served eight transformative years as Dean of the UPenn School of Design after 33 years as architect, urban designer and partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where she led practices in transportation and urban design and served as its first woman Chairman. She earned international acclaim for her urban design projects and civic leadership as Rockefeller Fellow of the NYC Partnership: President of AIANY, Global Chair of the ULI, and senior advisor to Rebuild by Design and 100 Resilient Cities. She was honored in 2017 with the AF's George M. White Prize for Excellence in Public Architecture.


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Shannon Nichol, FASLA

Founding Principal

Shannon Nichol is a founding partner of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). Her designs, including Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, and Boston’s North End Parks, are widely recognized for being deeply embedded in their neighborhoods and natural contexts. Shannon's work incorporates complex functions into simple frameworks and refined landforms. Shannon is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (Seattle). GGN received the 2017 ASLA National Landscape Architecture Firm Award and the 2011 Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, among other awards.


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James Burnett, FASLA

OJB Landscape Architecture

James Burnett, FASLA, founded OJB Landscape Architecture in 1989 and has dedicated his career to creating meaningful spaces that challenge the conventional boundaries of landscape architecture. Throughout his career, there has been a strong focus on designing landscapes that promote healthy living. His efforts have focused on the transformation of cities through the creation of active public spaces. His work in this area restores connections between disparate sections of cities, providing open space through innovative programming initiatives. OJB's contribution to revitalizing communities has been recognized with consecutive ULI Urban Open Space Awards for Myriad Gardens and for Klyde Warren Park.


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