November 7, 2017 8:30am - 10am
Learn about how you can improve your neighborhoods, travel routes, and parks through Tactical Urbanism, using everyday tools and small, diy improvements to spark change in your urban experience.
Participants will learn about how they can improve their neighborhoods, travel routes, and parks through Tactical Urbanism, using everyday tools and small, diy improvements to spark change in their urban experience. This workshop will be immersive, taking participants from learning about Tactical Urbanism and developing initial concepts, through hands-on testing, to creating a simple and easy to apply “kit of parts” plan for use in their own neighborhoods, and finally will develop a way for participants to share results and ideas on social media after the workshop, continuing the conversation.
Takeaways include both hands-on experience and ways to use new knowledge to improve participants’ urban experience and Austin’s public realm. In addition to knowledge and experimentation, participants will work to customize a handbook for use after the workshop.
Facilitators: Meghan Skornia (Lead), Eric Leshinsky (Lead), Taylor McNeill (Facilitator), Wei Xiao (Facilitator), Kelsey Ross (Facilitator)
Meghan Skornia is an urban planner from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work to date has focused on zoning, placemaking and public engagement. She is especially passionate about relaying complex planning and zoning issues to the public and exploring new mediums for truly inclusive engagement. Her experience also includes project branding and working with multidisciplinary teams on form-based codes and master planning projects. In pursuing her interest in tactical interventions, Meghan was on the firm’s first place 2017 Rice Design Alliance Charrette team, developing a plan for street revitalization using tactical strategies as an agent for long-term reinvestment. She is also on the firm’s 2017 Waller Creek Show team, No Lifeguard on Duty.
Eric is a Senior Associate Designer and Planner at Asakura Robinson where he co-leads the firm's Urban Ecology studio. Working across mediums and disciplines, he has led or collaborated on a broad range projects at the intersections of architecture, planning, art, and ecology. He presents his work at conferences frequently, teaches occasionally, and maintains an independent public art practice. His interest in tactical urbanism has developed over the last ten years as an outgrowth of working between public art, urban design and urban planning on projects that have helped to activate and reframe the perception of under appreciated places, including Asakura Robinson's upcoming installation, No Lifeguard on Duty, for the 2017 Waller Creek Show.
Taylor respects the power of nature – the severity, the austerity and the inherent wisdom. He believes that Landscape Architecture has a duty to connect people with local natural systems and open space, championing the cathartic, educational experiences that come with time in nature. In his three years of professional experience, Taylor has focused on sustainable design practices – including waste and water management strategies, tree preservation, slope stabilization and soil organics. He currently interested in expanding the utilization of soil microbiology and human waste composting as elements of public space design. Taylor has immersed himself in the Houston design culture and is involved with local organizations, including the RDA (Rice Design Alliance) young professionals steering committee. He is passionate about cycling and supports the alternate transportation community through local online blogs.
Wei Xiao is an urban designer and planner who has experience in town planning, transit oriented development, and central business district design. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Hebei University of Engineering and a Master’s degree in urban design from the University of Texas at Austin. Wei is interested in discovering ways in which urban space brings about public engagement and culture effects urban life. His previous projects focused on issues including cultural regeneration, district revitalization, and streetscape development in Beijing, London, and Austin. In his previous work, Wei also assisted in writing form-based code and participated in public charrettes. Wei hopes to contribute to the enhancement of city vitality and accessibility. Apart from urban design, Wei has a strong interest in graphic design, photography, and travel. He thinks that walking with a camera and critical eyes is the best way to explore a city.
Kelsey Ross is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, in the second year of the Masters of Landscape Architecture program. Kelsey was raised in the piedmont of North Carolina, but spend her undergraduate years studying prairie and agricultural landscapes in the Midwest. Kelsey worked in an ecosystems ecology lab at Carleton College researching the effects of fire and herbivory on tallgrass prairie restorations. She has also conducted research on how traditional Chinese farming methodologies affect soil health in comparison to commercial U.S. farming practices, and she co-managed Carleton’s small organic farm. She is particularly interested in the intersection of landscape architecture, regional ecology, and environmental justice, as well as the relationship between public space and public health. Kelsey believes that issues of equity and community engagement are key to successful urban projects.
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