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Making Beauty Sustainable: The Charles F. Gillette Forum on Landscape Design

Thursday, November 3, 6 – 8 pm 

Friday, November 4, 9 am – 4 pm

Join us for this forum, where we examine connections:  how, by reconnecting urban populations to the places in which they live, work and play, landscape design can revive communities. We look at how plants form connections in nature, and how those communities can be replicated in designed spaces to form engaging, durable, and beautiful landscapes. Presenting sponsor is 3North.

Gillette Forum program

Thursday: $70

Friday: $85

Combo ticket for Thursday and Friday: $120

Thursday ticket includes reception and dinner.  Friday ticket includes continental breakfast, lunch, and break.

Registration is closed for this event.  

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
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Gillette Forum on Landscape DesignSessions

Thursday evening:

Register now for this discussion of Richmond’s Riverfront Plan with two leading lights in landscape urbanism and Richmond’s Director of the Department of Planning and Development Review.

Join us for this discussion of the in Richmond Riverfront Plan in the larger context of large urban parks as complex cultural spaces, where key issues of landscape discourse, ecological challenges, social history, urban relations, and place-making are writ large.

Urban Parks: Trends and Possibilities

Julia Czerniak: Professor and Associate Dean, School of Architecture, Syracuse University; Principal, CLEAR, co-editor(with George Hargreaves) of Large Parks

Czerniak presents an overview of the relationship of urban parks to cities, with historic and contemporary examples, as well as some waterfronts. She surveys the various roles parks serve in cities as infrastructure, as pleasure, and as ecologies.

The Richmond Riverfront Plan: Connecting a Storied City to an Iconic Waterway

Mary Lydecker, Senior Associate, Hargreaves Associates

The process by which Hargreaves Associates seeks to create a master plan for Richmond James River waterfront is rooted in the firm’s commitment to using outdoor space to reconnect urban spaces with their history and landscape. Lydecker uses the Richmond project as a case study in examining the firm’s commitment to creating integrated, layered urban landscapes.

Question and Answer with the Speakers

Moderator: Mark Olinger, Director, Department of Planning and Development Review,

City of Richmond

In this conversation, Julia Czerniak, Mary Lydecker, and Mark Olinger discuss the larger picture of connecting cities to their history and ecology, the specific approach being taken in the refinement of Richmond’s Riverfront Plan, and the City’s role in implementation. The Richmond Riverfront Plan, adopted by Richmond City Council in November 2012 as a part of the City’s Master Plan and Downtown Plan, addresses both sides of the James River from Belle Isle to Rockett’s Landing. The Richmond Riverfront’s unique history informs recommendations for each section of the Riverfront.


Between Place & Process: The Contemporary Nature of Urban Parks

Julia Czerniak, Syracuse University

Hargreaves Associates: Creating holistic systems to heal landscapes and neighborhoods

Mary Lydecker, Senior Associate, Hargreaves Associates

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Master Plan

Jay Hugo, Managing Principal, 3north architecture

Designed Plant Communities

Thomas Rainer, Rhodeside and Harwell, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World

Wild by Design

Margie Ruddick, Margie Ruddick Landscape, author of Wild by Design,