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All Evening Lectures held at
Gleason Works Auditorium

(1000 University Ave)


$15-Evening Lectures
$10-Senior Rate 65+ (must pre-register)
Free with valid student I.D.

AIA Rochester - CES Sponsor

Each Lecture will provide 1.5 LU/HSW
Please note that there is an additional $10 charge for those seeking CES Credits.

For more information send an e-mail here or call 585.271.0520

A special thank you to this year's Reshaping Rochester Sponsors!

Home Leasing

Transit Center



Canandaigua National Bank & Trust





Mark IV



U of R


TY Lin

Monroe County Planning Board

City of Rochester

HBT Architects

DHD Ventures


Reconnect Rochester

Barkstrom and LaCroix




Nixon Peabody


East Avenue Inn and Suites

Hedonist Chocolates



Landmark Society

City Blue

Gleason Works


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Reshaping Rochester Series

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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-Reshaping Rochester Series 2016 Announced

RR 11

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"Setting the Stage: What Is Equity by Design?"

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave.)

AIA Rochester - CES Sponsor

1.5 LU/HSW Credit Available

Agyeman and Lubenau

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Julian Agyeman, Ph.D. FRSA
Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy/ Planning, Tufts University

Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA
Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence sponsored by the Bruner Foundation

Julian Agyeman and Anne-Marie Lubenau set the stage for our series by helping us answer the question, “How can we design a more equitable Rochester region?”  Julian and Anne-Marie will discuss how a focus on both sustainability and social justice can dramatically improve the quality of life for all.

Julian is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’; the full integration of social justice and sustainability. As an ecologist/biogeographer turned environmental social scientist, he has both a science and social science background which helps frame his perspectives, research and scholarship. In his book, Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013), he addresses the question, “How do we, or should we, allocate rights to public space?” In this area, one of Julian’s key interests has been the ‘democratization of streets’ or ‘street level spatial justice’.

Anne Marie has a long history as an architect and advocate for thoughtful design. For ten years, Anne Marie led the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP) as the President and CEO. Under Anne Marie’s leadership, the CDCP has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its innovative programs. Anne Marie is now the director of the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award. The award, founded in 1987, celebrates urban projects that create social and economic vitality for the local community. The award has recognized many projects over the years. Most recently, Greenville, South Carolina’s project Falls Park on the Reedy River, was awarded the silver medal.

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"Mobility: Transportation as a Leveler"

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave.)

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1.5 LU/HSW Credit Available

Farley Grimshaw

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Steve Farley

Arizona State Senator

Jacky Grimshaw
Vice President Policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology

How would a more robust public transit system change Rochester?  What would it look like?  Join Arizona State Senator Steve Farley and Jacky Grimshaw as they discuss the strategies they have used to improve public transit options in cities such as Tucson and Memphis and how these successes have improved access to jobs, healthcare and education.

Steve Farley is founder of the transit advocacy group Tucsonans for Sensible Transportation. His work led to his inclusion in the Citizen Advisory Committee that created the multimodal Tucson Regional Transportation Authority sales tax and plan. He was instrumental in convincing an initially anti-transit committee to raise the portion allotted to public transit from $200 million to $532 million in the final plan. He served on the Executive Committee and was a chief spokesperson for a regional campaign to push for approval of the plan. Senator Farley’s legislative priorities also include sustainable growth, quality of life and conservation.

Jacky has developed the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s capacity to engage in public policy advocacy and transportation planning, transportation research, environmental justice, public participation tool development, GIS mapping, community economic development and air quality. Jacky advocated for and provided expertise to increase transit in the Chicago region. She created and led CNT’s transportation and air quality programs for over a decade. Jacky led CNT’s Transit Future campaign in the fight for mass transit reform in the Chicago region in 2008. Since 2005, she has led CNT’s policy efforts at all levels of government. Jacky is a returning speaker having participated in the 2009 Reshaping Rochester Series.

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"Public Connections:
How a River Acts as a Community Connector"

Special Luncheon Event!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 11:45am - 1:30pm
Inn on Broadway (26 Broadway St.)

AIA Rochester - CES Sponsor

1.5 LU/HSW Credit Available

Knox White




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The Honorable Knox White
Mayor, Greenville, SC, Location of Reedy River Falls Park

In the past rivers were a barrier to be forded, bridged and controlled.  But can a river connect a city?  Knox White, Greenville, South Carolina’s Mayor believes it can.  He will share his work to transform the Reedy River waterfront and falls into a 20 acre public garden space with attractions like the Swamp Rabbit trail and the Greenville Zoo.   Falls Park now serves as a place to gather, play, and celebrate life for the city residents- a community treasure and a community connector.

Mayor White’s goal is to make Greenville the most beautiful and livable city in America. With the pivotal decision to remove the Camperdown Bridge, a four-lane traffic bridge that cut through the center of Greenville, and a $ 13 million initiative to transform the Reedy River waterfront and falls into a 20 acre area of public garden space he is on his way to accomplishing his goal.
Falls Park now serves as a place to gather, play, and celebrate life for the city residents. With attractions like the Swamp Rabbit trail and the Greenville Zoo, it has become a hotspot for residents as well as tourists. With the leadership of Mayor White, the city has successfully reclaimed one of its greatest natural assets and transformed it into destination for all.

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"Where We Live: Building Stronger Neighborhoods"

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave.)

AIA Rochester - CES Sponsor

1.5 LU/HSW Credit Available

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Ken Doyno, AIA
President, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

John Torti, FAIA, CNU
President, Torti Gallas & Partners

John Torti’s revolutionary ideas have changed the face of publicly financed housing from high rises to mixed use, pedestrian-friendly developments.  Ken Doyno’s focus is on  growing communities’ economic, social, and physical value through good design and development. Together they are visionaries that have practical solutions for how to improve our neighborhoods.

Ken Doyno is the President of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm located in Pittsburgh. Ken provides leadership in how design and property development can best grow our communities’ economic, social, and physical value. In addition to more than twenty-five years of distinguished professional practice, Ken has advanced regional change through participation in civic, academic, and cultural activities. This includes serving as the current Board Chair of the Design Center of Pittsburgh, which is dedicated to creating a welcoming, diverse, and vibrant city and region. He also co-chairs Leadership Pittsburgh’s Community Vision Day. Ken sits on the board for the Saturday Light Brigade, and on the advisory board for Chatham University’s School of Landscape Architecture. He has served as an adjunct professor and advisory board member to the Urban Lab and Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

John Torti was instrumental in bringing the concepts of new urbanism including pedestrian - oriented mixed use development to publically funded housing projects in Washington, DC, City West in Cincinnati, and MacArthur Park in Los Angeles has been integral to successfully transforming these places and the lives of the people who live there. Prior to joining Torti Gallas+Partners, Mr. Torti worked with NASA and the National Capital Planning Commission, where he worked on numerous designs to rebuild Washington after the 1968 riots.

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"The Process: How We Achieve Equity by Design"

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave.)

AIA Rochester - CES Sponsor

1.5 LU/HSW Credit Available

Cruz Forman Howard

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Teddy Cruz
Profesor in Public Culture and Urbanization, Visual Arts Department, UCSD

Fonna Forman

Director, Center on Global Justice, Associate Professor, Political Science, UCSD 

Ted Howard

President and Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative

Our series capstone event focuses on practioners skilled in changing the face of neighborhoods, improving ecological sustainability and creating jobs.  Join us to learn how their effective, innovative approaches can improve our community.

Teddy Cruz is recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, advancing border immigrant neighborhoods as sites of cultural production, from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing and civic infrastructure. His practice and research convene knowledge from across the fields of architecture and urbanism, environmental and social practice, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture, and mediate the interface between top down institutions (governments, universities, foundations) and bottom-up socio-economic, cultural and environmental intelligence embedded in communities.

Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego and founding Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice. She is best known for her revisionist work on Adam Smith, recuperating the ethical, social, spatial and public dimensions of his political economy. Current work focuses on climate justice in cities, on human rights at the urban scale, and civic participation as a strategy of equitable urbanization. She is presently Vice-Chair of the California Climate Solutions Group, and serves on the Global Citizenship Commission (advising UN policy on human rights), for her expertise on social and economic rights.

Teddy and Fonna are both Partners of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman and Co-Directors, UCSD
Cross-Border Initiative

Ted Howard is the President and Co-Founder of the Democracy Collaborative. The cutting edge research and programs at the Democracy Collaborative work to carry out a vision of a new economic system. This system has shared ownership and controls to create more equitable and inclusive outcomes, foster ecological sustainability, and promote flourishing democratic and community life. Ted’s work includes implementation of a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses in Cleveland. He has lectured extensively on community wealth building. The Democracy Collaborative is conducting the Market Driven Community Cooperatives study for Rochester, NY.