UK/CoD dean Michael Speaks spoke to The Architect's Newspaper about Town Branch Commons and the competition to design a series of pocket parks around the redeveloped Rupp Arena in Lexington. Part of the challenge is bringing Town Branch Creek back to the city's surface. The creek was covered up more than 100 years ago due to pollution and flooding.
“Part of the competition is to show the city five speculations that are realistic,” Speaks explained. “But this is not purely speculative. The competition is an attempt to bring a new level of talent to Lexington.” The College will host a symposium featuring the five shortlisted designers, and it will be moderated by Michael Speaks, Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Landscape Architecture magazine Editor-in-Chief Brad McKee.