Parks for All: How City Parks Address Inequity

THU, AUG 23, 2018 (1:34:27)

How might city leadership ensure equitable access to open spaces? A group of experts convened by the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library discuss barriers to access and the interwoven challenges of environmental stewardship, resilient infrastructure, and transportation. They also offer solutions and suggest ways that others can engage politically to advocate for their own open spaces.

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+ BIO: Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler

Dr. Dutta-Koehler has over fifteen years of experience in the field of urban planning, design, and architecture as an educator, researcher, and practitioner. An award-winning architect and planner, Dutta-Koehler maintains her own international architectural practice specializing in residential design. Prior to her current appointment, she has been part of the MET faculty since 2006 as an adjunct professor, receiving the Dean’s Citation for Teaching Excellence in 2011. She has also held faculty positions at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Wentworth Institute of Technology, and was a lecturer at MIT.

Dr. Dutta-Koehler serves on the Faculty Advisory Boards for the Initiative on Cities and the Institute of Sustainable Energy, and is a Faculty Associate at the Pardee Center for the Longer Term Future at Boston University.

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+ BIO: Kevin Essington

Kevin Essington has been in the conservation field in some form or another since working at Rocky Flats in 1994, and he has been volunteering in the field before that. Kevin has experience in management, fundraising, budget management, strategic planning, urban planning, marketing and communications, public policy, community relations and facilitation, and real estate negotiations.

He is proud to be leading The Trust for Public Land's mission creating land for people as the state director for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. His job takes him to Boston neighborhoods, creating opportunities for everyone to get outdoors no matter where they live.

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+ BIO: Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook was elevated to Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston in June 2018. He holds this position in addition to his role as Commissioner of the Boston Parks Department. He is responsible for leading the Cabinet in achieving its mission of enhancing the quality of life in Boston by protecting air, water, climate, and land resources, and preserving and improving the integrity of Boston's architectural and historic resources. Cook received his Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University and a BA in English/Theatre from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in West Roxbury with his wife and two daughters.

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+ BIO: Theodore C. Landsmark

Theodore "Ted" Carlisle Landsmark is the former President of the Boston Architectural College (BAC) and was previously the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at the Massachusetts College of Art. He also served as the Director of Boston's Office of Community Partnerships.

Landsmark has received fellowships from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the National Science Foundation, and he served on the editorial board for Architecture Boston. Landsmark also serves as a trustee to numerous arts-related foundations including Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is widely recognized as an important advocate of diversity and of the African American cause in schools of architecture. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and also serves on the organization's Executive Board.

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