Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region is pleased to continue its 2015-16 Lecture Season with Fred Kent, the Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking and public parks and green spaces. Kent is widely recognized as a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and is one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city.
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a non-profit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. Since 1975 PPS has completed projects in more than 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 U.S. states. More than 900 people worldwide are members of the PPS Placemaking Leadership Council.
Kent will speak on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village.
“The Project for Public Spaces provides a unique approach to traditional ‘urban planning’ by engaging and assisting the members of a community in creating their own public spaces, rather than working from a ‘top-down’ perspective. Not only is Fred Kent a leading authority in this approach, he also spearheads a team of professionals who draw upon many disciplines, from environmental design, architecture, urban planning and geography, environmental psychology, landscape architecture, arts administration and information management to help communities create or revitalize public spaces around the world,” stated Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum. “We believe this exceptional breadth of experience, projects and participants will provide a program of great interest to the Dallas community.”
The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on May 4th, with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.
Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2015-2016 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, and Maharger Development |Reggie Graham. Spring Series Benefactors are HKS, Impact Outdoor Advertising | Janet Kafka and Associates, Jackson Walker LLP, Scott + Cooner, and Smink, Inc. Lecture Benefactors for this event are Billingsley Company, Landscape Forms, Gensler, Balfour Beatty, Blum Consulting Engineers and SCOTT+REID. Reception Underwriters are HLR and OMNIPLAN.
Founder and Public Planner, Project for Public Spaces
New York City
4 May 2016
Wednesday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
The Magnolia Theatre, West Village
Fred Kent is the Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking. PPS helps people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Fred Kent is widely recognized as a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. Before founding PPS, Fred obtained multiple degrees from Columbia and studied with Margaret Mead. He also worked with William H. Whyte on the Street Life Project in New York City. The research resulted in the now classic book The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, a definitive work on human behavior in the urban environment.
Kent has worked on hundreds of projects, including Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square in New York City; Discovery Green in Houston, TX; Granville Island in Vancouver; Harvard Square for Cambridge; and a City-Wide Placemaking Campaign in Chicago. In addition to projects, Fred and his PPS team have brought placemaking to over 43 countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa as well as all fifty states to thousands of community and neighborhood groups. Each year, he and the PPS staff give presentations or train more than 10,000 people in Placemaking techniques. Fred is a leader in the expansion of Placemaking as it has become a leading discipline for visionary global engagement.
About the Dallas Architecture Forum
The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in - and for - the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum's members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit www.DallasArchitectureForum.org.
Among the over 160 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.
The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”.
For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org. For questions about the Forum, call 214-764-2406.