How Green Infrastructure Captured the Heart of Lexington: Town Branch Commons - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Recorded On: 10/28/2023
Weaving 2.5 miles of green infrastructure and multi-modal transit through Lexington, Town Branch Commons represents a decade of public-private partnership, investment, and painstaking coordination. Hear from project leaders, including the designer behind the concept, a former agency lead behind its realization, and a local landscape architect who worked on its implementation.
- Dive into the behind-the-scenes process underpinning large-scale urban transformations and green infrastructure projects—including the complexities of interagency and public-private partnerships extended over a decade.
- Learn project-specific tactics to preserve the essence of a visionary design concept through rigorous funding requirements and other procedural challenges.
- Examine stewardship for longer-term design team collaborations—especially in the context of changing firms, business models, and regional markets.
- Learn about navigating public and private properties at a downtown scale, applicable especially to those working on public landscapes and planning initiatives in mid-sized cities.
Kate Orff, FASLA
Founder & Principal
SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC
Kate Orff, FASLA is the founder of SCAPE and a Professor at Columbia University GSAPP, where she directs the Urban Design Program and has a joint appointment with the Climate School. She was named to the 2023 TIME100, TIME Magazine's list of the world's most influential people. Kate graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia with Distinction and earned a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University.
Associate Professor of Extension
University of Kentucky College of Design
Jeff Fugate is an Associate Professor in the UK School of Architecture, where he co-leads Studio Appalachia and Studio Louisville. Fugate has a two-decade career in community development prior to joining academia. His current research interests lie at the intersection of community-engaged design solutions for contemporary social and climate-related challenges. Prior to joining the University, Fugate led the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, where he successfully implemented multiple public space and community development projects. Fugate holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and MIT and serves on the Lexington Affordable Housing Fund and Fayette County Industrial Authority.
Patrick L. Henry, ASLA
Studio Design Leader
Patrick is an experienced design leader for Gresham Smith's Land Planning market. He is energized by the feedback intrinsic to large-scale public projects. Patrick led the design documentation and construction administration of the $20M Town Branch Commons project, a 2.2-mile urban public space and green infrastructure project in Lexington. He has also guided the detailed master planning at Clarks Landing, Louisville Metro Parks - Bingham Park, Louisville Metro Public Works - Olmsted Parkway Improvements, and the New Albany City Hall Plaza.
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