The Design Symposium 2012 – Strong Towns
REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5:00 PM ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
Symposium Registration is at the BOTTOM of this page.
The 2012 Design Symposium will build on the success of last year’s discussion about creating better places. This year’s focus is Strong Towns. We will be exploring the past, present, and future of our towns and evaluate what is working and what is not. Presentations and discussions will cover the challenges and opportunities that face us as designers, developers, and civic leaders in an ever-changing economy. By seeing examples of one of the best infill projects in the works today, or by participating in a walking tour of Downtown Ocean Springs, you will leave with a toolbox full of ideas, and hopefully recharged for the cause of making your towns stronger places.
Mayor Connie Moran will welcome symposium attendees to her town and provide a snap shot of the evolution of Ocean Springs in the past five to six years. Like many coastal cities, Ocean Springs was damaged severely by Hurricane Katrina, but its quaint core was preserved. With the help of infill development, streetscape enhancements, and a very active Chamber of Commerce, the streets are bustling with activity. Mayor Moran has remained focused on implementing ideas that were conceived in the post Katrina planning efforts, and believes that all projects must be thoroughly planned and designed.
As you will see in the TED Talk video above, Charles Marohn, PE, AICP is a thought provoking speaker. At the Symposium, Chuck will talk candidly about the current conditions of our towns and cities and focus on three basic points.
1. The current path cities are pursuing is not financially stable.
2. The future for most cities will not resemble the recent past.
3. The main determinant of future prosperity for cities will be local leaders’ ability to transform their communities.
Buildings close to the street, sidewalks, picket fences, and concealed vehicles all contribute to the unique community of The Cotton District located in Starkville, Mississippi. Boasting a twenty-eight person per acre population, The Cotton District portrays the ideals of “new urbanism” as developed by Dan Camp, community visionary. Now the hottest real estate in Starkville, The Cotton District was once one of the most deplorable areas of this Northern Mississippi town. In 1972, Camp began developing and constructing a student-centered community to house students of Mississippi State University. What began as eight apartments have blossomed into a whole community including retail spaces, restaurants, and living quarters that over four hundred people call home.
Mayor Moran will join our two speakers in a panel discussion about the state of our towns and cities. We will cover topics like what is holding us back from being better, and how we can add vibrancy to our towns.
Lifelong Ocean Springs resident, community leader, and business man, Fred Moran will guide a tour from the Mary C Okeefe front lawn down Government Street to the intersection of Washington Avenue and Government. Fred will talk about the town’s history, and the successes and challenges of infill development in this “All-American” Downtown.
FREE CONTINUING EDUCATION
Location: Mary C. Okeefe Cultural Arts Center, Ocean Springs, MS
Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Time: 1:00pm to 6:00 pm
1:00-1:30 Welcome to Ocean Springs
1:30-3:00 – Strong Towns – Chuck Marohn
3:00-3:15 Snack Break
3:15 – 4:10 Dan Camp
4:10- 4:20 Break
4:20-5:20 Panel Discussion /Tour