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Upcoming: March 3 TCLF Urban Park Conference in San Antonio

San Antonio is the site for the latest, national Leading with Landscape conference organized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), and taking place March 3, 2017 at The Stable at Pearl.  Leading with Landscape III: Renewing San Antonio’s Brackenridge Parkconference registration is $95, and 6.5 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees. 

Like other North American cities including Toronto and Houston, locations of the two most recent Leading with Landscape conferences, San Antonio is making strategic infrastructure investments where new parks and open spaces are being built to a high level of design, often leveraging a diversity of public and private partnerships with leadership coming from multiple sectors. What distinguishes San Antonio is a greater density of rich and complex heritage resources, such as the Missions, the Alamo, and others, which are integral to the city’s identity and serve diverse constituencies. The conference will take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the balance that exists between stewardship of natural and cultural resources and the evolving identity of this major urban area. 

A core part of San Antonio’s heritage is the 323-acre Brackenridge Park, a site rich in cultural resources.  Situated just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the site of Brackenridge Park has been a gathering place since Native Americans lived in the area. In the 16th century Spanish settlers established a sophisticated water system there, remnants of which remain today. 

To explore options for the park’s future and to initiate and inspire broad community-based participation, this carefully curated one-day summitwill feature nationally prominent practitioners and other leaders who will explore options for the park's future and to how initiate and inspire broad community-based participation. The summit, convened in concert with the Brackenridge Park Conservancy (BPC) will draw attention to local, regional and national project work that are exemplars of planning and design, while striking a balance for a landscape’s complex natural, historic, cultural, and ecological systems. 

“The issues at Brackenridge Park are emblematic of those being considered at cities throughout the U.S.,” said TCLF president, CEO, and conference organizer Charles A. Birnbaum. “We are fortunate to have an all-star line-up of participants, including San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor, who has a planning degree, and The Stable at Pearl, a great venue for this event.” 

Speakers and respondents include: Kinder Baumgardner, ASLA, managing principal, SWA | Houston; Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, executive director, Brackenridge Park Conservancy; Everett L. Fly, FASLA, Landscape Architect/Architect, E L Fly Architect; Gina Ford, ASLA, PLA, principal, Sasaki; Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director, Friends of the High Line; Mia Lehrer, FASLA, founder and resident, Mia Lehrer + Associates; Chris Reed, FASLA, founding director, Stoss; Douglas Reed, FASLA,  principal, Reed Hilderbrand, LLC; Ivy R. Taylor, mayor, City of San Antonio, Texas; Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, president, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects; and other leaders. Click here for conference abstracts. 

Conference sponsors include the Brackenridge Park Conservancy; The John and Florence Newman Foundation; Pearl; and San Antonio Parks and Recreation.  The Texas chapter of ASLA is the partner in education; The Rivard Report is media partner; and ASLA is an annual sponsor. 

Click here for complete conference details and to register.

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