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. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

+ 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. Photo: Boston University

+ 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. Photo LinkedIn

+ 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. Photo: City of Boston

+ 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.

Ted Landsmark is distinguished professor and director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. He holds a Ph.D. in American and New England studies from Boston University, and professional degrees in law, and environmental design from Yale University.

As Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s first appointment to the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Board of Directors, he has brought to the board a wealth of expertise in architecture, urban design, civic leadership, architectural and construction law, and community advocacy. During his seventeen-year tenure as president and CEO of the Boston Architectural College, Dr. Landsmark led the growth of the school from a center into an internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary institution. In August 2014, he was named president emeritus of the college. Landsmark has served as academic vice president of the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina, and as a faculty member and administrator at the Massachusetts College of Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and UMass Boston. He has also served as a trustee or board member for many non-profit organizations, including: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, American Architectural Foundation, the Design Futures Council, The Boston Society of Architects, Historic New England, and Historic Boston. He was also president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and the Association of the Collegiate School of Architects.

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