Urban Design / Downtown Revitalization

Education Session - Presentation Format

MON-B09 - Rethinking Small Alleys: A Path to Big Hope

Monday, October 22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 114


Alleys are often hidden in cities, but when reconsidered through community-based approaches, they can be the keys to social, economic, and ecological sustainability. This session looks into various constructed alley projects with different design approaches internationally (Korea, United States, Canada) to compare and examine benefits and constraints of alley projects.

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Joowon Im, Assoc. ASLA

Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Joowon Im is an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has experience in developing and designing comprehensive city plans, landscape improvement and sustainable design, and green community design internationally while working for landscape architecture firms in Korea and the US. Her primary research interest is in creating a sustainable community and resilient environment through water and place sensitive approaches to provide the better quality of life concerning health, safety, walkability (+ multimodal system), and livability. She believes that sustainability can be achieved with sincere hearts and open minds.


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Melissa Guerrero, ASLA

Green Alley Project Manager
The Trust for Public Land

Melissa Guerrero is the Green Alley Project Manager with The Trust for Public Land. Los Angeles has 900 miles of alleys, equivalent to the size of two Central Parks in New York City. Her role is to develop this untapped space into multi-benefit landscapes for people. She currently manages the community-based design of three alley networks in North and South Los Angeles. Since receiving her M.L.A. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, she has exclusively developed multi-million park and public space projects and has helped shape environmental policies, including a $7.5 billion California bond protecting water, parks and natural resources.


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Darryl Condon, AIA, LEED AP

Managing Principal
HCMA Architecture + Design

Darryl Condon, Managing Principal at HCMA Architecture + Design based Vancouver, Canada, is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive change. He has been responsible for the design of highly innovative public buildings and spaces, including high performance sport, aquatic and community recreation centres, across Canada. After 25 years of practice creating these dynamic, engaging and effective spaces, Darryl is asking ‘what’s next?’ for both his firm and for himself. His intent is to push, think and break away from the limits of conventional architectural practice and to maximize the social impact of his firm.


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MON-B09 - Rethinking Small Alleys: A Path to Big Hope

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