Event Luncheon Speaker Series

February 21, 2012 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

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Green Pastures Restaurant
811 W. Live Oak
78704 Austin , TX
Phone: AIA - 512.452.4332

Successful Public Places: An Integrated Approach to Urban Placemaking

Why is there a need for art in the public realm? Public art is an important social, visual, and cultural element of the physical environment that celebrates the nuances of life and has the ability to transform and enhance the experience of place. Great cities and neighborhoods are attractive because their significance of place sets them apart, much of which is grounded in unique artistic and cultural attractions. First-rate public art and crowd-sourced placemaking is key to the attractiveness of these cities and includes a diversity of materials, experiences, and programs to reflect the similar diversity of people that experience it. 

The integrated design team approach embraces cross-disciplinary collaboration and dialogue that leverages the skills and creative thinking of multiple disciplines and perspectives. With this method, projects for public places become roadmaps for success, beginning in the planning stages with realistic goals, timelines, and budgets. Implementation becomes easy—all it takes is buy-in and the will to achieve objectives.

Christina Lanzl, Director of Programs at the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, is a public art consultant, cultural planner, freelance curator, presenter and author with more than 20 years of experience working with the creative leadership of neighborhoods, towns, and cities to create successful places that become part of our history, part of our evolving culture, and part of our collective memory.

Based on her own professional experience and notable best practice examples, she will present theory, public art typology, and case studies in integrated design placemaking, including public art think tanks and planning initiatives she facilitated in the metropolitan Boston region. Ms. Lanzl has coined her process as enabling, defining a positive, can-do attitude, that is essential for successful outcomes of the typical, complex administrative processes involving multiple stakeholders, permitting agencies, and restrictive funding sources.

Participants will learn the following:

1. Understand and identify placemaking characteristics
2. Understand integrated design and its benefits
3. See examples of how places exercise the power of placemaking
4. Understand the mechanisms (planning process, design guidelines, etc.)

Members - $25 or Series (all 5 luncheons) $110

Non Members - $33 or Series (all 5 luncheons) $130

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Buffet lunch provided.  Vegetarian options available.

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