Grand Junction: Climate-Crisis Resiliency, Stormwater Management, Riparian Corridor Reparation, Meets Social Overlay - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Recorded On: 10/27/2023
Following a 500-year storm event, Westfield, IN, made the strategic decision to layer climate crisis response, stormwater management, and riparian corridor reparation with social overlay. This Quaker-founded Midwest town reinforced identity in a forward-thinking infrastructure strategy, allowing development of a burgeoning downtown core while ameliorating historic and damaging environmental decisions.
- Appreciate an approach to infrastructure through the lens of three different points of view : 1) aspirations for urban development opportunities, 2) ecological resiliency, and 3) identity-rich, seasonal programming.
- Discover how 19th- and 20th-century development decisions negatively informed riparian corridors, and how these sensitive landscapes can be re-written to meet 21st-century needs for resiliency and climate crisis response.
- Delve into the complexities of riparian corridor reparation, stream bank stabilization, the use of Natural Channel Design methodology, and the selection/distribution of horticulture to successfully rewrite rivers and creeks.
- Learn how to work through cross-disciplinary and sometimes competing goals to overlay resiliency infrastructure, development goals, and identity to positively inform civic spaces.
David A. Rubin, FASLA
David Rubin Land Collective
David A. Rubin, PLA, FASLA, FAAR is the founding principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. David’s visionary contribution to the field in “empathy-driven design” is a hallmark of the studio. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and was recently appointed by the State Department to The Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Industry Advisory Group to advise the U.S. government on best practices in landscape architecture.
FlatLand Resources, LLC
Philip Tevis is a trained Landscape Architect and Environmental Designer based in East Central Indiana. His strengths lie in comprehensive construction knowledge, water resource management, and a commitment to multi-disciplinary, multi-year, and multi-phased projects. An out-of-box thinker, he can leverage community-based resources such as volunteers, collaborative partnering, and funding resources to bring projects to life. In all of this, preservation and restoration of our waterways have become a lifelong pursuit for Phil. Natural spaces provide an outlet for the public to enjoy the mystic beauty of our land and become outdoor laboratories to appreciate what nature has given us.
City of Westfield
Mayor Andy Cook is in his fourth term as Westfield’s mayor. Under his leadership, Westfield has experienced tremendous growth and is currently recognized as the fastest-growing community in Indiana. That growth has added over $1.5 billion in economic development in recent years.
Mayor Cook spearheaded the development of Grand Park Sports Campus, which attracts 2.5 million visits each year, along with the award-winning Grand Junction Plaza, a downtown six-acre park that opened in 2021.
In addition, Mayor Cook is dedicated to managing the city's financial strength and economic vitality while striving to maintain Westfield’s unique character and charm.
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