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Great urban parks lecture series

September 19, 2007

Don’t miss the first lecture on urban public parks hosted by the ASU College of Design’s Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) and School of Architecture and Landscape (SALA) at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 19. on the ASU Tempe campus. The topic is especially timely considering that ASU and the City of Phoenix are collaborating on a new Civic Space for Downtown Phoenix, directly south of the Post Office. Patriots Square Park downtown is also slated for redesign. And Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale are in early planning stages to revitalize Papago Park.

To stimulate local dialogue about the role of parks, especially the future of Papago Park, PURL and SALA are bringing in eight prominent landscape designers and thinkers to lead lively and provocative analyses of contemporary urban parks.

Fall 2007 SALA/PURL Lecture Series
All lectures begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the ASU College of Design in room CDN 60 of the college’s north building on the Tempe Campus. For directions and questions, check out the college's location on the ASU Tempe campus at or call (480) 965-6693. Wednesday, Sept. 19

Mark Johnson, Civitas, Inc. founding principal, Denver
Recognized as a powerful influence in effecting change via landscape and urbanism, Johnson is currently leading design efforts for several large projects, including the rehabilitation of the Los Angeles river into a green amenity.

Wednesday, Sept.  26
Chris Reed, STOSS Landscape Urbanism founding principal, Boston
Designer of public landscapes that merge infrastructure and ecology, Reed has recently completed the design for the redevelopment of the Fox Riverfront in Green Bay, Wis. His firm was also a finalist in the 2003 Papago Trail competition.

Wednesday, Oct. 3
Catherine Barner, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy director of park projects, San Francisco
An architect and parks administrator, Barner has overseen the development and construction of major San Francisco landscapes, including Crissy Field. She is currently focusing on the redevelopment of the Presidio, the city’s decommissioned military base.