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Reshaping Rochester Series

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Thank you for your support of our 10th Annual Reshaping Rochester Series! We are already preparing for next year's Series, and would like your input! Please take a moment to fill out a short survey HERE. 

Our annual lecture series features a blue-ribbon roster of innovative thinkers, practitioners and leaders who come to Rochester to share their ideas and experience with us.

Reshaping Rochester focuses on the efforts, strategies and successes accomplished by cities that face similar challenges to ours: downtown revitalization, preserving the character of our neighborhoods and communities, creating mixed-use centers and walkable commercial districts, and enlisting community involvement.

News--2015 Reshaping Rochester Series Announced

This Year's Theme:
Connecting Places

Here is a list of speakers and podcasts from our 2015 Reshaping Rochester Series:

Victor DoverThank you for attending!

"Street Smart"

Victor Dover, FAICP
Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners

A revolutionary makeover is underway to revitalize cities and suburbs, to promote walking and cycling, and appeal to a new generation of creative, demanding citizens. Victor Dover, urban designer and coauthor of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley, January 2014), is an expert on how to fix our streets, and, in the process, shape
enduring cities that people really love.

For 25 years, Dover has been designing walkable, sustainable development. His work spans five continents and ranges from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting suburbia. Dover and his firm devised awardwinning
neighborhoods like I'On in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and Glenwood Park in Atlanta, Georgia. His projects also include Plan El Paso, hailed as "America's Best Smart Growth Plan," and Arlington, Virginia's Columbia Pike revitalization plan and code. Here in the Sunshine State, his many projects include South Miami's downtown renaissance and the recent "Seven50" regional plan for the seven counties of Southeast Florida for the
next fifty years. The work of Dover, Kohl & Partners has been featured in every major textbook on city planning published in the last decade.

Victor is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He served as the national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2010 2012. He was instrumental in founding and setting the educational curriculum for the National Charrette Institute and the FormBased Codes Institute, both leading think tanks. He's also an avid bike commuter and a threetime Ironman triathlete.

January 28th from 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave)

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Lee QuillThank you for attending!

"Re-Greening the Living City"
Lee Quill, FAIA CNU

Founding Principal, Cunningham | Quill Architects

Lee Quill is a founding principal of Cunningham | Quill Architects in Washington, D.C. and has over thirty years of experience in urban design, master planning, infill mixeduse, institutional, residential, and commercial and corporate architecture. A nationally recognized leader in community engagement and
design, he has lectured on these topics at the National Building Museum, EPA Smart Growth Lecture Series, the Urban LandInstitute, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association and numerous universities. Mr. Quill served as the Design Team Lead for two national AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDATs) in Colorado Springs (2011) and Stanwood, Washington (2012). He has also served as a juror for the EPA National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement.

Lee has been heavily involved in shaping growth and the design of urban places in the DC Metropolitan region through his firm and developing policies with the DC Mayoral Task Force on Transit-Oriented Development; as past Chair of the Urban Design Advisory Committee-OTN and a current member of the Carlyle-East Eisenhower Design Review Board in the City of Alexandria, Virginia; and as a member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's 2050 Initiative-Region Forward and Metropolitan Development Policy Committee. Mr. Quill has received numerous design awards including, Awards of Excellence, Honor and Merit in Design and Historic Resources from the AIA, two Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Pro Bono Publico Award from the Washington Architectural Foundation. Mr. Quill is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

February 25th from 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave)

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Elizabeth HartThank you for attending!

"Crossing Over"
Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, CEO

Executive Director, Walkway Over the Hudson

Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart has served as Walkway Over the Hudson's Executive Director for the last five years. Walkway Over the Hudson is a non-profit group that works to support and improve the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, a repurposed railroad bridge in Poughkeepsie, NY. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, Walkway is the longest
elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, welcoming over 700,000 visitors per year.
During Waldstein-Hart's tenure, the Walkway organization and its responsibilities have grown dramatically. Under Waldstein-Hart's direction, Walkway has raised competitive grant funding to support major programmatic and capital initiatives such as the Dutchess Rail Trail connection, Waterfront Elevator, and many Walkway Master Plan improvements (including benches, lighting, signage, the Washington Street staircase, and East and West Pavilions.) WaldsteinHart instituted the Walkway Volunteer Ambassador program, formulated a new strategic
plan, completed the second Camoin Economic Impact Study, and is implementing the Walkway as Gateway to Success initiative.
Prior to her work with Walkway, Waldstein-Hart worked extensively in the field of non-profit development, having worked for a variety of international charitiessuch as CARE, Save the Children, and World Educationas well as national and regional efforts such as the YMCA, Special Olympics, and the Arts Institute. For four years, she served as the Project Coordinator for a private/public partnership seeking to develop a Regional Visitor Center to
promote historical and recreational tourism in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

March 25th from 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave)

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Mayor Chris ColemanThank you for attending!

"New Currents in a River City"

Special Luncheon Event!
Mayor Chris Coleman

Mayor, Saint Paul, MN

Mayor Christopher Coleman took office as Saint Paul's Mayor in 2005 after several years as a city councilmember and community and neighborhood leader. He immediately set forth initiatives to make Saint Paul the most livable city in America. His priorities include working to close the achievement gap, creating sustainable and responsible budgets, and investing in the infrastructure of Saint Paul. He has achieved several of his goals, advocating for education and public safety, and being instrumental in championing the Green Line (Central Corridor Light Rail line)the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the state of Minnesota.

Mayor Coleman is past President of the National League of Cities, a national organization of city leaders across the United States. In 2012, he was elected as the Second Vice President of National League of Cities, and became the League's Vice President in 2013.

Under Mayor Coleman's terms, Saint Paul's downtown has seen revitalization. As light rail ridership continues to increase and more restaurants and entertainment venues have moved in, demand for housing has increased exponentially and downtown's vibrant culture has grown. Saint Paul has also become a national leader in green initiatives and sustainable living. The city's sustainable investments include retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency, equipping public places with solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations, and more.

Tim GriffinTim Griffin, AIA
Director of Urban Design, St. Paul Riverfront Corporation

Tim Griffin is an urban designer with over 30 years experience in architecture, planning, urban design and sustainable development. He has been with the Riverfront Corporation since 2001 where he serves as the Director of Urban Design. In this capacity, Tim directs the Saint Paul Design Center program and
leads other Riverfront Corporation design initiatives. He has contributed to the Riverfront Corporations mission of reconnecting Saint Paul to its Mississippi Riverfront, first in the core downtown area, then with the Central Corridor Development Strategy and Design Center in 2007 and the addition of the Great River Passage initiative for the 26 miles of Mississippi Riverfront through Saint Paul. Tim also lectures and teaches urban design at the University of Minnesota where many of his former students and interns are now advancing through the urbanism profession.

Prior to joining the Riverfront Corporation, Griffin was a community planning and design consultant in Chicago and the Twin Cities. He prepared award winning downtown, neighborhood and waterfront plans for many cities including Chicago, Jacksonville FL, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Red Wing, Wabasha MN, Davenport IA, Fort Wayne IN and Erie PA.

Griffin was a founding board member of Friends of the Chicago River, established the Minnesota Chapter of Lambda Alpha International in 1992 and served on the board of directors of the American Institute of Architects, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota where he led the reestablishment of the Minnesota Main Street Program, CapitolRiver Council and District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He holds Masters degrees from the University of Michigan in Architecture and Urban Planning.

April 21st from 7-9pm
Inn on Broadway

Click here to listen to the podcast from the Panel Discussion featuring Tim Griffin!

Norm GarrickThank you for attending!

"Transit Revolution"

Norman Garrick, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

Norman Garrick is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Garrick is also a member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and cochair of CNU's Transportation Task Force. He specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets and highways, parking policy and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, especially as they relate to sustainability, placemaking and urban revitalization. His writings on sustainable transportation and urban planning, street and street network design, and parking policies have been widely disseminated both to an academic audience and to the wider public in outlets such as The Atlantic Cities, Planetizen, New Urban News, The Denver Post and The Hartford Courant. In addition to his academic and research career, Dr. Garrick has worked as transportation consultant on a number of design charrettes, nationally and internationally, including urban revitalization projects with the Prince of Wales Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica and Freetown, Sierra Leone.

He is a recipient of the Transportation Research Board's Wootan Award for Best Paper in policy and organization and a Fulbright Fellowship to Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. Garrick has also been a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich; a lecturer in both MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Oxford University's (UK) Masters of Sustainable Urban Planning Program.

June 3rd from 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave)

Click here to listen to the podcast from the Panel Discussion featuring Tim Griffin!