reshaping rochester


Mayoral DebateThe Community Design Center coordinated a panel discussion with all Rochester mayoral candidates to bring forward issues related to land use, neighborhood and urban planning, and development and revitalization.



A special thank you to Carl Pultz for recording these lectures!



Lectures- past and present


Reshaping Rochester Lectures
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Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA
Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence sponsored by the Bruner Foundation
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Norman Garrick, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
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"Considering Strategies for Rochester's Redevelopment "
Panel Discussion with Tim Griffin, AIA

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Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, CEO

Executive Director, Walkway Over the Hudson
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Lee Quill, FAIA CNU
Founding Principal, Cunningham | Quill Architects
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Victor Dover, FAICP
Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners
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Aaron Bartley
Co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)
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Jeff Speck
Principal of Speck and Associates LLC, city planner,
author and architectural designer

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Justin Langlois
Senior Research Fellow, Broken City Lab, Windsor, Ontario
Dr. Ian Wilson
Radiologist and Founder & Curator, Wall/Therapy, Rochester, NY
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Charles (Chuck) Marohn
Executive Director, Strong Towns, Baxter, Minnesota
Peter Fleischer
Executive Director, Empire State Future, Albany, NY
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer

U.S. Representative, 3rd District, Oregon
Rep. Louise Slaughter
U.S. Representative, 25th District, New York
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Mick Cornett
Mayor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Stephanie Miner
Mayor, City of Syracuse, NY
Leonard Redon
Deputy Mayor, City of Rochester, NY
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Joseph Minicozzi, AICP
Principal, Urban3, LLC, Asheville, North Carolina
Heidi Zimmer-Meyer
President, Rochester Downtown Development Corp.
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Michael Watkins
AIA, AICP, CNU, ICA & CA LEED
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Max Reim
Co-Managing Partner & Principal, LiveWorkLearnPlay, Toronto
Jay Fowler
Executive Director, Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority
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William Fulton
Former Mayor of Ventura, CA; Principal, Design Community & Environment
Hon. Mark Mallory
Mayor of Cincinnati, OH
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Peter J. Park
Planning Director, City of Denver, CO
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Mayor David Cieslewicz
Madison, Wisconsin
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George Dark
Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc., Toronto, Canada

Jonathan Lane
Senior Principal, Icon Architecture, Inc.

Benjamin Wauford
Principal, Director of the New York Office, Cooper Carry, Inc.

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Gianni Longo
Principal, ACP Visioning and Planning, Ltd.
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Christopher Leinberger
Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution; Professor of Practice
and Director of the graduate Real Estate Program University of Michigan

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Dr. Timothy Beatley, PhD
Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities,
Department of Urban & Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

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John Robert Smith
President and CEO, Reconnecting America; Former Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi
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Lawrence Frank
Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation, University of British Columbia.
Co-Author: Urban Sprawl and Public Health

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Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA
Director, Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture;
Author: Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs

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Emily Talen, PhD
Professor School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University
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Geoffrey Anderson
President and CEO Smart Growth America
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Richard Jackson, MD, MPH
Visiting Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA
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W. Cecil Steward, FAIA
Founding President, Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, Omaha, NE
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Douglas Farr, AIA
President & CEO, Farr Associates
Author: "Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature"

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Robert Fishman, PhD
Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Author: "Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia"

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Mayor George Heartwell & Suzanne Schulz, AICP
Mayor & Director of Planning, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Jacky Grimshaw
Vice President, Policy, Transportation, and Community Development
Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, Illinois

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Alan Greenberger
Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission
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David Boehlke
Founding Member, Healthy Neighborhoods Group
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William Hudnut, III
Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute, Washington DC
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Norman Mintz
Design Director, 34th Street Partnership
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James Kunstler
Author of books: The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and World Made By Hand
Contributor to the New York Times Magazine
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Jeremy Harris
Former Mayor of Honolulu, HI
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John Norquist
President, Congress for the New Urbanism, former Mayor of Milwaukee
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John Parr
Co-founder, Denver-based Center for Regional and Neighborhood Action
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Walter Kulash
Principal and Senior Traffic Engineer, Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart, Inc.
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Paul Goldberger
Architecture Critic, The New Yorker
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Jim Graebner
Integral part of the Public Transit Industry
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Kennedy Lawson Smith
Co-founder, Community Land Use and Economics (CLUE) group, LLC
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Robert Gibbs
Pioneer in reviving the community-oriented principals of traditional town planning and smart growth
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Laurie Volk
Principal, Zimmerman/Volk Associates
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Various Community Design Center Presentations

Elizabeth Miller
ACD Conference
Executive Director of the Community Design Collaborative
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Dian Picard
ACD Conference
Executive Director, Massachusetts Avenue Project, Buffalo, NY
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Matthew Potteiger
ACD Conference
Professor of Landscape Architecture, ESF Syracuse University
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A Conversation with Mayoral Candidates:
Bill Johnson, Tom Richards, and Alex White. Moderated by Rachel Barnhart

A debate with three candidates in the Rochester, NY, mayoral special election
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