A YEARLONG SERIES BEGINS:
JOIN US FOR THE FIRST CONVERSATION ON OPEN SPACE AND PUBLIC LAND
Adrian Benepe at the Iconic and Historic Industrial Trust Building
November 14, 2013 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm | 111 Westminster Street, Providence RI | FREE
Kicking off the Providence Preservation Society’s yearlong series on downtown Providence and the making of great cities is Adrian Benepe, former New York City Parks Commissioner and now Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development at the Trust for Public Land. He will lead us in discussing the benefit and potential for open space and public land.
Adrian Benepe has worked in the public and non-profit realm as a leader in park and public space conservation, design, construction and operation, in the areas of city planning, arts, culture, historic preservation, and landscape and urban design for his entire career. As Parks Commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, he oversaw public-private partnerships that catalyzed the development of several signature city parks, including the High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park. During his 12-year tenure, he created 730 new acres of parks and public space in NYC, and refurbished a number of existing ones. In 2012, Benepe became Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land and oversees the urban work of over thirty offices whose projects include parks, playgrounds, gardens, trails and greenways across the United States. Benepe earned a B.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship.
A Conversation with Adrian Benepe is a collaboration between the Providence Preservation Society and the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, an advocate for the redevelopment of Kennedy Plaza and the downtown Providence park system. The event will take place in the first floor bank hall of the Industrial Trust Building, Providence’s tallest skyscraper that sits across from Kennedy Plaza and Burnside Park at 111 Westminster Street. After Mr. Benepe’s talk, Cliff Wood, executive director of DPPC will join him on stage for a one-on-one dialogue and facilitate questions from the audience.
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Downtown Providence is at a crossroads. The last 40 years has brought significant investment into this rich historic city: major infrastructure projects have literally shifted the city’s built environment along with restoration and revitalization of its buildings, and new construction has created energy and engagement in the downtown core.
The city has been bold—in moving train tracks, rivers and highways, rejuvenating historic properties and promoting new construction. Yet
challenges and questions remain in navigating the dynamic terrain on the way to becoming the next great American city.
Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience will tackle these questions and stimulate an important dialogue to move our city forward. By looking at government’s role
in development, the importance of open space to economic development, and the necessity of a vibrant and diverse transit system to the health of a city, PPS will spark substantive and engaging conversations in this yearlong series.
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