Civic Design & Inspired Infrastructure: Opportunity Corridor will examine how engineering requirements and economic development objectives can be combined with the aspirations of community stakeholders in a collaborative planning effort that succeeds on many levels. Panelists will comment on why interdisciplinary partnerships in the early planning stages and high aesthetic standards make a difference.
Major investments in bridges, highways and railroads can be driven primarily by engineering requirements, or the design process for infrastructure projects can be expanded to enhance community development, improve the natural environment, stitch together fragmented urban landscapes and add beauty to the civic realm. This symposium will explore how Cleveland can optimize the planning and design opportunity created by the aptly named Opportunity Corridor. Presented by the Levin College Forum, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Center for Community Solutions, in partnership with the Northeast Ohio City Council Association with the American Constitution Society and the Greater Cleveland Voter Coalition.
Sponsored by Nemastil Home Inspections and Marko Vovk of Ambassador Building Inspections.
Forum programs are free and open to the public, but please register
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes Auditorium
325 Superior Avenue (Corner of Superior Avenue & East 6th Street)
Cleveland, OH 44114
Today our nation is reinvesting in our cities by rebuilding the streets, bridges, highways, waterfronts, and green spaces that shape our urban landscape. The 2009 Spectrum program asks how we can make the most of this moment by exploring how engineering and design can come together to shape the new American city.
Civic Design & Inspired Architecture brings some of the nation's most innovative thinkers and practitioners in the urban design field to the Cleveland Public Library to discuss how well-designed infrastructure projects bring together form and function to shape successful cities.
Moderator, Steven Litt, Art & Architecture Critic for The Plain Dealer
Alexandros Washburn, Director of Urban Design, New York City Planning Department. Mr. Washburn is currently writing a book titled The Nature of Urban Design, which brings together the large-scale vision of Robert Moses with the pedestrian-scale sentiments of Jane Jacobs. Mr. Washburn has been involved in projects ranging from the redesign of Penn Station (now Moynihan Station) to closing off Times Square to vehicular traffic in New York City.
Fred Salvucci, Civil Engineer and Professor at MIT. He specializes in infrastructure and urban transportation systems. Mr. Salvucci served as the Secretary of Transportation in Massachusetts under Governor Dukakis and was involved in the planning of the Big Dig project in Boston.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Call Cleveland Public Art 216.621.5330 with questions.