Designing for Outcomes: Public Space Design to Advance Engagement, Equity and Resilience - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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In cities across the country, civic leaders and designers are reimagining public assets such as parks, libraries, and trails to promote more engaged, equitable, and resilient communities. Learn how practitioners in Akron, Detroit, and Memphis are advancing social outcomes through new approaches to the design and management of public spaces.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain knowledge of a set of principles for advancing social outcomes through public space design and management.
  • Discover how practitioners in different sectors and cities are using design of public space to advance engagement, equity, and resilience.
  • Explore how the design of public assets such as parks, libraries, and trails works in tandem with innovative management practices to advance community outcomes.
  • Consider how your own design work might advance important social outcomes in communities where you work.

Alexa Bush, ASLA

Urban Design Director - East Region

City of Detroit Planning Department

Alexa Bush is passionate about creating equitable and resilient cities. She is the Urban Design Director - East in the City of Detroit Planning Department, managing a team of planners and designers responsible for planning and implementing neighborhood and economic development projects. She is a project lead for Detroit's Reimagining the Civic Commons initiatives, working with a multi-sector team to improve engagement, equity and sustainability through reinvestment into neighborhood-scale public spaces, co-created with residents. She received her BA from Harvard and her MLA from the University of Virginia. Alexa serves on the Board of Directors for the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Carol Coletta

President and CEO

Memphis River Parks Partnership

Carol Coletta is CEO of Memphis River Parks Partnership, leading the relaunch of a nonprofit to develop, manage and program six miles of riverfront and five park districts along the Mississippi. Previously, she was a senior fellow at The Kresge Foundation and VP of Community and National Initiatives at Knight Foundation. Carol led the start-up of ArtPlace, a broad collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking and was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities. She also served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.

Kyle Kutuchief

Program Director, Akron

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests in journalism, the arts and the success of cities where its founders once published newspapers. To help move Akron towards stabilization and growth, Knight invests in public life and the public realm to attract and engage residents, with a focus on downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Akron is also part of Reimagining the Civic Commons, a Knight-supported national initiative that seeks to counteract economic and social fragmentation by revitalizing and connecting public spaces.


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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available