Urban Design & City Image


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A series of free workshops exploring the importance design plays in fostering the image of a place, from public policy to individual development projects, and from community-scale efforts to design details.

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Urban Design & City Image

  1. 1. presents: Urban Design & City Image Urban Design & City Image explores the importance design plays in fostering the image of a place, from public policy to individual development projects, and from community-scale efforts to design details. OCL Community Image Study Committee members George Curry and Christine Capella-Peters lead a series of discussions and complimentary walking tours that introduce participants to the basic tenets of urban design within the context of American cities, and illustrate how these principles relate to city image and, in particular, to Syracuse. All programs are free! Parking is available on the street and in nearby pay lots and garages. Use the registration form on the back of this flyer. Seats are lim- ited! Attendance at all sessions is encouraged … Participants will get the most benefit from attending as many of the five discussions as possible. The series is structured as a course, and each talk will build upon the previous week’s discussion. Open to any Onondaga County resident 18 years of age or older. Thursday, March 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m. A Brief History of American Cities City Hall Commons Atrium, 201 East Washington Street, Syracuse George Curry and Christine Capella-Peters American cities developed as the centers of economic, social and cultural life until the mid-20th century when post-war prosperity and federal policies shifted from the urban core to the suburbs and the image of U.S. cities began to diminish. Learn how planning, design and development of our cities changed over time, and whether those experiences can lead to a more enlightened approach to city growth and improved community image. Thursday, April 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m. How Syracuse Took Shape City Hall Commons Atrium, 201 East Washington Street, Syracuse Dennis Connors Syracuse’s historic development owes much to its role as a transportation cross-roads—from turnpikes to canals to railroads to interstate highways. But it also bears the legacies of the dominant 19th century industry, salt making, and of government programs and policies, as well as the cultural influences that have impacted the physical form and social make-up of all US cities. Find out what led to Syracuse’s street layouts, neighborhood patterns, and well-known properties, and how they have changed over time. Thursday, April 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m. City Image: Urban Design Principals The Warehouse Lecture Hall, 350 West Fayette Street, Syracuse George Curry and Christine Capella-Peters People generate an image of a place largely through personal interaction—driving or walking city streets, navigating based on location of landmarks, pausing at locations with appealing character. Many of the physical features we encounter result from incremental unplanned change; others derive from deliberate efforts such as thoughtful urban design. Discover what parts of a city form its image, how these are influenced by urban design, and in particular those features that contribute to the image of Syracuse. continued on back
  2. 2. Thursday, May 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m. City Image: Detailed Components The Warehouse Lecture Hall, 350 West Fayette Street, Syracuse George Curry and Christine Capella-Peters Very often the discussion of city image is devoted to grand schemes and overarching urban design plans. While establishing a comprehensive approach is critical, it is equally important to consider how the plan is implemented property by property. Learn how design details—whether of public spaces or individual buildings—contribute to the collective image of a city. Thursday, May 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Why City Image is Important The Warehouse Lecture Hall, 350 West Fayette Street, Syracuse panel of local experts Building on the historic context provided by the earlier sessions, local experts from a variety of fields—private development, local government, planning and design— will discuss the importance of committing to sound urban design practices as a means of fostering a strong, positive city image. The sessions will be followed by 3 Saturday walking tour events on May 19, 26, and June 2 (dates subject to change). Each field trip will have two 1¼ hour components with time for lunch in between. The intent is to examine real life examples of the discussion topics, contrasting examples of different Syracuse districts. Urban Design & City Image Registration for Urban Design & City Image Name________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address________________________________________________________________________________________ Occupation/Company___________________________________________________________________________________ Civic involvement______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_ __________________________________________ Email____________________________________________ Register by Mail: Onondaga Citizens League, 700 University Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244 Register by Fax: 315.443.4410 Register by Email: cps@syr.edu Questions: Call 315.443.4846 continued from front Speakers: Christine Capella-Peters is a member of the technical staff for the New York State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and is recognized within the preservation community as a respected expert in the field of cultural landscape preservation. In addition to her position with the State Office, she was a Visiting Instructor with the Department of Landscape Architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for 16 years. In that capacity she taught the Department’s urban design studio in conjunction with George Curry, drawing on her own eight- year experience as a municipal planner and designer during the 1980s. George Curry is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Landscape Architecture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he held the title of Kennedy Distinguished Faculty Chair in Landscape Architecture, and was recognized as a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. He was a member and chair of the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board for 13 years. In 1982 he partnered with Bob Doucette to revitalize the Armory Square area, starting with the Labor Temple Building. He and Chris Capella-Peters have played a leading role in development of the City of Syracuse Comprehensive Plan, completing five Component Plans through their Urban Design Studio. Dennis Connors is Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association and author or editor of several publications including Historic Photos of Syracuse, Crossroads in Time: an Illustrated History of Syracuse and Greater Syracuse: a Twentieth Century Album. Onondaga Citizens League 315.443.4846 www.onondagacitizensleague.org