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April 2018 Leading with Landscape Conference Brings International Leaders to North Carolina’s Research Triangle

North Carolina’s Research Triangle—including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—is a rich tapestry of natural and cultural systems interwoven with campus landscapes (academic, corporate, and cultural), regional and urban parks, and residential communities that serve diverse populations. To explore the choices that will shape the region’s future and to initiate and inspire broad community-based participation, the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has curated a one-day conference to be held on Friday, April 13, 2018, in the auditorium at the James B. Hunt, Jr., Library at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. Leading with Landscape IV: Transforming North Carolina’s Research Triangle will draw attention to local and regional work that represents the best planning and design initiatives that strike a balance with natural, historic, cultural, and ecological systems. Early-bird registration is available through February 23, 2018, as are 6.5 LA CES™ professional development hours, pending approval.

Speakers include representatives from Civitas, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Reed-Hilderbrand, West8, and others, along with design critic Alexandra Lange and New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. Featured speakers from the Research Triangle area include North Carolina State University professor Kofi Boone, Duke University landscape architect Mark Hough, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, and others. Another distinguished participant is Linda Jewell, partner in the Berkeley, California, landscape architecture firm Freeman & Jewell and formerly a consulting partner with Reynolds & Jewell (once Hunter, Reynolds Jewell) in Raleigh for 25 years.

Although the idea of the ‘Research Triangle’ first began to form in the post-war era, the region’s history dates back centuries and includes periods of great achievement despite generations of racial strife. Now, in the first quarter of the 21st century, Raleigh, the state capital, and the neighboring cities of Durham and Chapel Hill are embracing their roles as incubators for fresh ideas in planning, design, and stewardship, with landscape architects often taking the lead.

Introductory presentations Introductory presentations will explore the regionally unique coupling of human and natural systems. A morning panel of international practitioners will then reveal how the area’s campus landscapes are serving as incubators for innovative planning and design solutions. The afternoon panel will showcase new projects that are re-evaluating the region’s monuments and memorials, as well as two revered public landscapes—Moore Square and Dix Park. A moderated closing panel, featuring Raleigh’s former chief planner, a nationally prominent design critic, and a leading advocate for the region’s cultural landscapes, will discuss and assess the day’s proceedings.

The conference will be preceded by a reception on Thursday, April 12, at the North Carolina Museum of Art (a separately ticketed event) and followed by a weekend of free, expert-led tours throughout the area. Support is provided by Annual Sponsor, the American Society of Landscape Architects; Premier Sponsors, Sasaki and the Dix Park Conservancy; and Event Partners, the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and North Carolina State University’s College of Design.

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