AIA Memphis hosts the Third Thursday: Lectures on Local Design series on the third Thursday of each month. Open to the public, Third Thursdays are hosted by local architects and designers as they share their knowledge and experience with projects in the Mid-South and beyond.
Required by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Space is limited.
Deadline to register is Tuesday November 15.
One (1.0) AIA HSW/LU
$20 for members and corporate partners; $30 for non-members; includes lunch.
Strengthening Communities and Cultural Connection
presented by Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP
Ryan will speak about the role infrastructure plays in shaping the social and cultural life of cities, discuss the challenging dynamics between making improvements to the places we live like transit and greenways with mounting market pressures that result in displacement of lower-income residents, identify major themes of change that are dramatically reshaping the City of Atlanta and the region, and how designers can apply the robust program of infrastructure in projects like the Atlanta Beltline to other infrastructure and public investments in your city.
Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, is an urban planner, designer, and author working on site design, infrastructure, concept development, and public policy as the founding principal at Sixpitch. His master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that with fifteen years of progress, is changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use of its first section of mainline trail and $3.1 billion of private sector redevelopment since 2005.
Ryan has received numerous awards and press related to his work on the Atlanta Beltline and tells his story internationally, but an essential aspect of his work is yet to come. Alongside project work at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, he makes a compelling case about what this movement means and why it matters. In his book, “Where We Want to Live,” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), Ryan investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities. Learn more about Ryan here.