Urban Design Lecture Series hosted by the City of Raleigh

There are some very interesting forums coming up on the topic of urban design in Raleigh. As the downtown Raleigh master plan gets a reboot from the one we are now experiencing, drawn up over ten years ago, these talks are great to get a little educated on the issues the city faces and how they plan to address them. The forums are also free and open to the public. Watch the video above for a previously recorded forum on the topic of “Housing in the 21st Century” hosted by the Urban Design Center.

Urban Design Education Forums

Time: 12 Noon – 1:30 pm
220 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Schedule of sessions

November 14, 2012 – “Downtown Planning-Then and Now.”

  • Moderator will be Grant Meacci, planning and design manager at the Urban Design Center.
  • Presenters will be Raleigh Assistant City Manager Dan Howe and David Diaz, president and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance

December 12, 2012 – “Return on Investment-Economics of Downtown Development.”

  • The presenter will be Mitchell Silver, chief planning and development officer for the City of Raleigh and director of the City’s Department of City Planning

January 16, 2013 – “The Fine Art of Enjoying Downtown Living.”

  • The host will be Brian Reece of Downtown Living Associates.
  • Presenters will be Anne S. Franklin, urban advocate and community organizer, and Chris Roberts, associate principal and architect with LS3P Associates

February 13, 2013 – “Bike Share in Raleigh.”

  • Presenters will be Jennifer Baldwin, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Raleigh Office of Transportation Planning, and Mauricio Hernandez, transportation planner with Toole Design Group

March 20, 2013 – “Residual Raleigh-Tapping the Potential of Unused Space in Downtown.”

  • Presenters will be Brett Hautop, an architect with Gensler, and Matthew Griffith and Erin Sterling Lewis, principals with in situ studio, a Raleigh architecture firm

April 17, 2013 – “Downtown Durham’s Open Space Plan.”

  • Presenters will be Tom Dawson, urban designer, and Sara Young, Urban Design Center supervisor for the Durham City-County Planning Department

May 15, 2013 – “Raleigh, A Festival City.”

  • The host will be David Diaz, President and CEO, Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
  • Presenters will be Sarah Powers, executive director of Visual Art Exchange, an organizer of the SPARKcon festival, and Samantha Hatem, who handles media and outreach for Empire Eats

June 19 – “Raleigh’s Pedestrian Plan.”

  • The host will be Eric Lamb, manager of the City of Raleigh Office of Transportation Planning.
  • Presenters will be Lauren Blackburn and Helen Chaney of the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Fleming El-Amin, transportation planner for the City of Raleigh.