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Friends of the Parks of Allen County - Two-Day Symposium - Landscape and Urban Design

September 24, 2012
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church
300 W. Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of George Kessler’s Park and Boulevard Plan for Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Friends of the Parks of Allen County, in partnership with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Fort Wayne are organizing a symposium to be held Sunday and Monday, September 23 and 24, 2012.

Day 1: September 23 · 1 to 5pm

Afternoon tour of Headwaters Park, Kessler Park and Boulevard

System, Concordia Lutheran Seminary and Shoaff Park.


Day 2: September 24 · 9am to 4pm

Landscape and Urban Design: First Presbyterian Church -  Registration 8:30am, lunch will be provided

Speakers in order of appearance: Alexander Garvin, Gregg Bleam, Stephen Schuckman and keynote, Eric Kuhne


For more information, Please visit Friends of the Parks of Allen County’s Facebook page

or contact Robin Holley via email at  robin_holley@comcast.net or by phone at (260)417-3804.

The speakers include:

Alexander Garvin, who has combined a career in urban planning and real estate with teaching, architecture, and public service. He is currently president and CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc. a planning and design firm in New York City.  From 1996 to 2005, he was Managing Director of Planning for NYC2012, New York City’s committee for the 2012 Olympic bid.  During 2002-200, he was the Vice President for Planning, Design and Development at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency charged with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center following 9/11.  Over the past 41 years, he has held prominent positions in five New York City administrations, including Deputy Commissioner of Housing, (1974-1978) and City Planning Commissioner (1995-2004)Mister Garvin teaches at Yale University. Among other publications, he has written a book called “Public Parks: the Key of Livable Communities” and will be presenting a lecture by the same title.  For more information about Mr. Garvin, please visit his website at:  http://www.alexgarvin.net/

Gregg Bleam, principal of Gregg Bleam Landscape Architecture, has over 20 years’ experience in the field of landscape architecture.  A graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, he was an Associate in the Office of Dan Kiley, in Charlotte, Vermont.  He moved to Charlottesville, Virginia 1987 as a member of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia where he taught Graduate and Undergraduate Landscape Architecture and Architecture courses for 10 years.  For more information about Mr. Bleam, please visit his website at:  http://www.gbla.net/

Steven Schuckman is Superintendent of Planning and Design for the Cincinnati Park Board, and directs the planning and design function for Cincinnati Parks. He has been responsible for Historic Conservation in historic preservation planning, historic compliance review and creating and administering historic districts and landmarks, and then in the neighbor-hood planning section where he worked on neighborhood plans and created the Uptown Plan. He has worked for the City Planning Department in Springfield, Mass. as an urban designer and planner and practiced architecture there. He earned his undergraduate degree and a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Eric Kuhne, owner of Civicarts of London, a research and design practice dedicated to rediscovering the pageantry of civic life.  It is currently building both mixed-use and specialized projects on four continents, from urban regeneration schemes to master plans.  A native of New Haven, Indiana, Eric designed the latest portion of our Kessler Park and Boulevard System, Headwaters Park, during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Working with a Commission created especially to build the Park, Eric designed and oversaw the building of the Park through several phases. 

The Kessler Plan was our first city plan, and as such was the basis and the inspiration for much that is interesting and unique about the city, including the contributions of other nationally and internationally known practitioners such as landscape architects Arthur Schurcliff and Dan Kiley, as well as architects Eric Kuhne, Eero Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Michael Graves, Kevin Roach and John Dinkeloo.  Equally important, alongside these famous figures, other lesser known, talented men and women have worked in Fort Wayne to shape the landscape as landscape architects and architects, but also as park commissioners, parks advocates, and civic leaders.

The symposium is conceived, not as a historical analysis of Kessler’s original plan, but a celebration of the American spirit that inspired the plan, the spirit that the plan’s values have continued to foster up to the present day and beyond. For more information about Mr. Kuhne, please visit his website at:  http://www.civicarts.com/

It is the mission of the Friends of the Parks to promote the stewardship and celebration of the scenic, historic, and recreational resources of the parks and public spaces in Fort Wayne and Allen County.

This Event is LA CES approved.

CEU Hours - 4.0 (4 sessions each 1 hour total of 4 hours)


Friends of the Parks of Allen County - Two-Day Symposium - Landscape and Urban Design

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