Olmsted for the 21st Century: Creating Urban Change

THU, MAY 31, 2018 (1:26:29)

Boston-based transportation advocates LivableStreets hosts this discussion as part of the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s exhibition, “Breathing Room: Mapping Boston’s Green Spaces”. The panel is inspired by LivableStreets’ Emerald Network initiative and focuses on current advocacy to use open space to promote positive urban change in the 21st century city, much as Frederick Law Olmsted did in 19th century Boston.

Panelists address how a greenway network can increase access to jobs and recreation and improve public and environmental health in the process, helping Boston to be a city for the future.

The panelists include Alice Brown of Boston Harbor Now, Tamika Francis of the Boston Alliance for Community Health, Alex Krieger of Harvard University and NBBJ, Jessica Robertson of Utile Design, and will be moderated by Matt Kiefer of Goulston & Storrs.

+ BIO: Alice Brown

Alice is managing a comprehensive study of passenger ferry service in the harbor and working to promote and expand water transportation options. She previously lived and breathed Go Boston 2030 (the citywide mobility plan) and mapped the initial plan for the LivableStreets’ Emerald Network (a web of interconnected walking and biking paths in Greater Boston). She has degrees in math, philosophy, teaching, and urban planning. She enjoys leading unconventional tours, curating events calendars, and reading the NYTimes magazine.

+ BIO: Alex Krieger, FAIA

Alex Krieger has combined a career of teaching and practice, dedicating himself in both to improving the quality of place and life in our major urban areas. Alex is the founding Principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz which merged with NBBJ in 2009.

He is a Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1977. During his tenure he has served as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Director of the Urban Design Program, and Associate Chairman of the Department of Architecture.

Alex is a frequent advisor to mayors and their planning staffs, and serves on a number of boards and commissions. Among these: Director of the NEA's Mayor's Institute in City Design; Boston Civic Design Commission; Providence Capital Center Commission; and the New England Holocaust Memorial committee. In September 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Alex to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

+ BIO: Jessica Robertson

Jessica's background is in planning and policy. At Utile she is immersed in the design perspective, and contributes her experience in transportation to Utile’s pool of expertise. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from Brown University, Jessica’s many professional accomplishments include coordinating the regional launch and expansion of Hubway, spearheading the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s parking practice, and co-founding CommonWheels Bike Co-Op, a nonprofit based in Allston, MA.

+ BIO: Tamikia Francis

Ms. Francis is the Community Engagement Manager for the Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! (LGHB) a U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health program. She has Caribbean heritage, and has lived or worked on several islands on bilateral international development projects funded by the World Bank, USAID, and the European Union. She moved to Boston over 10 years ago, where she immediately got involved with social justice issues. She is committed to people-centered development and approaches that involve those most affected by a problem working towards a solution. Her lived experiences, coupled with work in multi-sectors, led to her role as the resident engagement strategist, and key architect behind LGHB’s Healthy Community Champions program. Ms. Francis has a strong passion for the outdoors, farming, wholesome food and reverence for traditional and indigenous practices. She earned a Bachelor in Geography from the University of the West Indies in 2003, and a Master in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2010, where she focused on conservation and capacity building in small island developing states. When not working on LGHB, she can be found expanding her cooking repertoire, or visiting as many UNESCO world heritage sites as possible.

+ BIO: Matthew J. Kiefer

Matthew, a Director, is the co-Chair of the Goulston & Storrs Medical, Educational and Cultural Institutions industry group and also coordinates the firm’s Green Business practice.

Matthew has taught in the urban planning programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at MIT, and has written and spoken extensively on real estate and land use law and policy. He is active in historic preservation, public open space and land use planning, design and policy. Additionally, Matthew writes book reviews on land use planning, design and development for ArchitectureBoston, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land and other publications.

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