Monthly Breakfast Series: Design Excellence and the Public Realm
Architects, planners, developers, and landscape architects shape the spaces of our daily lives. Buildings, sidewalks, streets, and parks are opportunities for public engagement and influence the character of our blocks, neighborhoods and cities. Together, these elements contribute to the social infrastructure of a community and establish meaningful connections between the public and private realms.
Late last year, Tim Keane, Planning Commissioner for the City of Atlanta, challenged architects and developers in his city to step up their game and demand high quality design. He wants to raise awareness about how high quality design can positively impact the public experience and believes design should improve the ambiance of the street, sidewalk, or park to which it is adjacent. As the City of San Diego updates its Parks Master Plan, we should anticipate improved linkages between parks and vibrant public spaces. We should think about raising the value of design in our conversations and in our planning efforts. We should identify ways to enhance the public realm through good design.
ULI San Diego – Tijuana will explore how civic and private entities can come together to create a public realm that is inclusive, welcoming, and encourages people to come together. Caroline Kreiser, Principal with the Miller Hull Partnership, Tim Keane, Planning Commissioner for the City of Atlanta, and the City of San Diego will share their visions for design excellence and the urban experience.
The Miller Hull Partnership
Chair of Planning Commission &
Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning
University of California at San Diego
City of Atlanta