Celebrating 25 Years of City Design: Mayors To Identify Challenges, Opportunities and Funding Sources Through Summit on Smart City Design, Honor Design Legacy of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in Chicago, April 27-29, 2011
Event Brings Together Mayors, Obama Cabinet Members, Top Design Professionals, and Special Guests To Examine the State of U.S. Cities and the Power of Arts & Design
Key sessions to be live webcast**
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayors and design and development experts will convene at the Chicago Hilton April 27-29 for a National Summit on City Design to identify challenges, opportunities and funding sources for cities that work well. Participants will examine the power of arts and design to transform cities while celebrating the Mayors Institute of City Design (MICD) – a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) – and honoring the design legacy of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
For 25 years, MICD has been the only organization that provides mayors an opportunity to learn how smart design can help to holistically solve problems in communities to create livable cities. Smart design is, fundamentally, a language of problem solving and through MICD, mayors learn to use smart design to identify ways to creatively reduce costs through innovation in areas such as public transit, downtown development infrastructure and sustainability.
During the two-day summit, mayors and design professionals will come together to discuss the successes and lessons from MICD, as well as the topics key to the future of American cities. The highlight of the session will be on its final day, April 29, where more than 40 mayors and 80 design professionals and scholars will honor Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley as he receives the Joseph P. Riley Award for Leadership in Urban Design. As Chicago's longest serving mayor, Daley is described by USCM's CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran as a "Mayor's Mayor."
On the first full day, April 28, the mayors and design experts will discuss design in relationship with struggling budgets and growing demands for transportation, development, and other challenges. On April 29th, Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, PhiladelphiaMayor Michael Nutter, and Charleston, South CarolinaMayor Joseph Riley, along with Marilyn Taylor, Chris Leinberger, Toni Griffin, and other design professionals, will present their joint conclusions to a panel of federal officials, including NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary Roy W. Kienitz.
Also on April 28, summit participants will release an NEA Research Report that measures the economic impact of performing arts institutions on local economies and details the degree of citizens' investment in the arts. Among the report's findings is that the U.S. performing arts industry is supported by the nearly 8,840 organizations and generates nearly $13.6 billion in annual revenues.
The opening keynote address, titled "Culture Now: The Contemporary American Condition," will be given byThom Mayne, of Morphosis Architects and President Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Through his work, Mayne seeks to spark transformative change on struggling U.S. cities.
** Indicates live webcasting of key sessions. Please join the Twitter conversation at #MICD50 and watch the daily mini interviews with mayors at www.usmayors.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
9:00 –10:45 a.m. **OPENING PLENARY
Jason Schupbach, NEA Design Director & Summit Moderator
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor, City of Burnsville and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors
Ronald Bogle, President and CEO, American Architectural Foundation
The Legacy of the Mayors' Institute on City Design
Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor, City of Charleston
Video Presentation: 25 Years of the Mayors' Institute of City Design
Keynote Address: Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects
"Culture Now: The Contemporary American Condition"
11:00—11:45 a.m. PRESS CONFERENCE
Release of NEA Report that Shows the Tremendous Economic Impact of the Arts on Communities – "Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Explore the Value of Selected Arts Activities."
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. **LUNCH
How Design Has Shaped Chicago
Lee Bey, Executive Director, Chicago Central Area Committee
Gerald Adelmann, President and CEO, Openlands
Barbara Gaines, Artistic Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2:00 – 4:15 p.m.AFTERNOON FORUMS: The following forums take place simultaneously.
Design and Transportation: Parking, alternative transportation, transforming old transportation infrastructure, greenways and blueways. Panel includes:
Manny Diaz, Former Mayor, City of Miami, USCM Past President (moderator)
Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Department of Transportation
Jeff Tumlin, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard
Peter Park, Manager of Community Planning & Development, City of Denver
Roundtable Facilitator: Marilyn Taylor, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Design and Development: Transit-oriented development, downtown development, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, creative placemaking, leveraging waterfronts. Panel includes:
Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia (moderator)
Mary Margaret Jones, President/Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates
Richard Baron, Co-founder/Chairman, McCormack Baron Salazar
Mitch Silver, Director, Department of City Planning & Urban Design, City of Raleigh