Gather Here: Reinvigorating Iconic Spaces for Celebration, Protest, and Community in Boston - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Recorded On: 10/29/2023
What does it mean to renew landscapes for civic expression in a legacy city? Join public and private practitioners to explore how the trifold transformation of Boston's main civic spaces—the Common, City Hall Plaza, and Copley Square—is reframing conversations, connections, and civic life among Bostonians.
- Understand the history and evolution of Boston's public open spaces, from indigenous meeting grounds to colonial-era streetscapes to contemporary celebrations, demonstrations, and cultural events.
- Use a lens of equity, inclusion, and democratic expression to explore the concurrent revitalization of Boston's most iconic public spaces—the Common, City Hall Plaza, and Copley Square.
- Expand the notion of democratic public space from central downtown gathering spaces to heterogenous neighborhood nodes, exploring how Boston's diverse fabric provides intimate space for civic and cultural expression.
- Consider how our profession and the public spaces we touch can play a role in improving equitable access to free speech.
Kate Tooke, ASLA
Principal, Landscape Architect
Agency Landscape and Planning
Kate Tooke, a principal of Agency Landscape + Planning, has focused her career on the intersection of community and public space. She leverages a diverse background as an educator, an engineer and a landscape architect into a practice unabashedly passionate about connecting people to the urban environment. Kate’s listening-oriented approach to project leadership as well as her strategic thinking, design eye, and technical acumen have been instrumental in the success of diverse projects ranging from master planning to site-scale work and extending coast to coast. She is a prominent national voice in the movement towards contextual urban playscapes.
Cheri Ruane, FASLA
Vice President | Design Discipline Leader
Weston & Sampson's Design Studio
Cheri is Vice President and Design Discipline Leader at Weston & Sampson in the Boston-based design studio. A Trustee and Past President of the BSLA, she has over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience including special expertise with socially and politically complex projects and facilitating public participation. Currently, her work focuses on framing parks and play as critical infrastructure by designing for resilience, inclusion, and quality of life. She was previously a Visiting Lecturer/Studio Instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and worked for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. She is a Registered Landscape Architect in 10 states.
Diana Fernandez, ASLA
Deputy Chief of Urban Design
Boston Planning and Development Agency
As Deputy Chief of Urban Design, Diana Fernandez Bibeau will elevate the importance of urban design, and champion the transformative power of sustainable and walkable communities for all ages and abilities. Fernandez works to strategically transform existing BPDA urban design processes to promote predictability and quality for both the community members and the development industry. With over a decade of private practice experience, Diana has built a design portfolio that reassesses the policies that have perpetuated race, gender, environmental and socioeconomic inequality, and created design methodologies that can respond to and correct them.
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