Parks / Recreation / Play / Sports Facility Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-B08 - Marginalized Spaces: Infusing Meaning Through Art and Design

Sunday, October 22
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


What can be done with interstitial spaces that lead to urban blight and neighborhood fragmentation? One can adapt these sites to serve the desperate need for quality open space in urban neighborhoods. This session highlights how “forgotten” nooks can be transformed, adding value and breathing new life into the city.

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Ken Smith

Ken Smith Workshop

Ken Smith is one of the best-known of a generation of landscape architects equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture, and urbanism. Trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture, and landscape. Smith’s approach is directed at projects of varying scales and types: temporary installations, private residential gardens, public spaces, parks, and commercial projects. With a particular emphasis on projects that explore the symbolic content and expressive power of landscape as an art form, the Workshop specializes in the investigation of new expressions in landscape design.


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Guy Hagstette

Director of Parks and Civic Projects
Kinder Foundation

Guy is a registered architect and urban planner who furthers the foundation’s support for Houston’s parks and developing greenspaces as community focal points. He was a consultant to the Foundation and Houston Parks Board on Bayou Greenways 2020 and also on the improvements on Buffalo Bayou Park for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. He was the founding president and park director of Discovery Green; served as special assistant for urban design to Mayor Bill White; and was director of planning and development for Central Houston, Inc.


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Ying-Yu Hung

Managing Principal, ASLA
SWA Group

Public parks are of particular interest to Ying-yu, as they have a direct impact in improving quality of life. Through every design project during her 25 years of practice, Ms. Hung investigates the desires and needs of the project’s ultimate stakeholders in order to ensure a final outcome that encourages the community to be both users and stewards of the park.


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Aaron Paley

CARS - Community Arts Resources

President and Co-founder of Community Arts Resources (CARS), founder of Yiddishkayt, and the founding Executive Director of CicLAvia (the nation’s largest open streets event), Paley has always been ahead of the curve with hybrid organizational forms, creative placemaking, urban interventions and transformational cultural and civic events. He is a recipient of the Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship and an honorary member of the LA Chapter of the AIA. Paley received a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and an M.B.A. in Non-Profit Arts Management from UCLA’s Graduate School of Management.


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