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In conjunction with the Town Branch Commons competition sponsored by Lexington's Downtown Development Authority, the College of Design hosted the "Design Adds Value to the Commons" Symposium.
Moderated by UK/CoD Dean Michael Speaks, the presenters used examples of their firms' past commissions to address the merits of good design in an urban environment. After the presentations, the speakers fielded questions from two of the competition's jurors, Aaron Betsky, Director, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Bradford McKee, editor-in-chief, Landscape Architecture Magazine.
Mark Johnson of Civitas, Shane Coen of Coen+Partners, Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside, Julien de Smedt & Diana Balmori of JDS Architects/Balmori Associates and Kate Orff of Scape addressed a crowd of over two hundred students, faculty, city officials, industry professionals and members of the public at the Lexington Children's Theatre.
Also included in the video set is "Vision into Action: Town Branch Commons", presented by the Gaines Center for the Humanitiies as part of the Lafayette Lecture Series. Featuring Van Meter Petit, President and Founder of the Town Branch Trail, and Stan Harvey, principal, Urban Collage, the video includes the history of Lexington's Town Branch Creek, as well as addresses some of the logistics of a project such as the Town Branch Commons.