|Speaker:||Ryan Gravel [Senior Urban Designer, Perkins+Will
and Manager, Atlanta BeltLine Corridor design]
|When:||Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – 5:30-7:30pm|
Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON
Cities around the world are re-envisioning their future through strategic investments in innovative, non-partisan, popular public works projects that help them adapt to a changing marketplace. Whether they are district-scale projects like the High Line in New York City or complex regional proposals like those for the Los Angeles River, these projects are not only transforming the physical form of their cities, they are changing the way we think about the places that we live. One of the most innovative and comprehensive proposals of this type is the Atlanta Beltline, a $3 billion project now underway that will transform a 22-mile loop of old railroads into a linear park with transit, bicycle, and pedestrian trails connecting over 40 diverse neighbourhoods, as well as city schools, historic and cultural sites, shopping districts and public parks. It organizes over 4,000 acres of adjacent urban land for transit-oriented development, expands transit service within the urban core, and connects various parts of an emerging regional trail system. The project’s health and economic benefits have already become obvious, with record-breaking use of its first 2-mile phase of trail and over $1 billion of private investment along the same corridor since 2005.
Ryan Gravel‘s master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the ambitious Atlanta Beltline. Now leading design work on the project as an urban designer at Perkins+Will, his long-term commitment to sustainable city building has come full circle: from vision, to advocacy, to planning, design, and implementation. Ryan also lives directly on the corridor and is on the Board of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. He is currently researching similar projects around the world for a new book about the intimate relationship between infrastructure and our way of life and how these new catalyst infrastructure projects can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.
On July 8th, join the Centre for City Ecology and Toronto Park People for a presentation by Ryan Gravel, Senior Urban Designer with Perkins Will and design manager for the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor design. Ryan will speak on the BeltLine’s evolution and progress, and how this project is changing the way people think about and live in sprawling cities.