Urban Design / Downtown Revitalization

Education Session - Presentation Format

FRI-C09 - The Power of Place: Landscapes of Protest and Optimism

Friday, October 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Besieged by political turbulence, climate change, and vast social inequity, our profession is increasingly taking on large-scale planning and public policy. But what if human-scaled design and community engagement is an equally effective tactic? Three designers discuss how landscape architecture provides a powerful foundation for positive social change.

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Mikyoung Kim

Mikyoung Kim Design

Mikyoung Kim is an award winning international landscape architect whose work brings innovative design ideas to the urban landscape. She is known for culturally significant landscapes that serve as a powerful tool to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience. The work of MYKD has been highlighted in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. Mikyoung was named as AD innovator by Architectural Digest and has been awarded with design excellence honors from the ASLA, the AIA, the GSA, and IFLA. Her work is part of the Smithsonian Museum “American Voices” Collection.


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Claude Cormier

Principal, fondateur
Claude Cormier + Associés

Claude’s work challenges ordinary perceptions of the world, opening eyes to new possibilities and generating an appetite for the extra-ordinary. Rendering visible the invisible of the everyday, his projects seek to reawaken the joy of phenomena through an apparent simplicity that is complex, but not complicated. Landscape architecture is used to create an experience that embodies humor, subversion, and pleasure. Color, often delivering a punch in his works, contributes to their peculiarity and seductive allure. Yet color is only one aspect of his conceptual approach. Above all else, Cormier’s practice demands authenticity, often invoking the mantra “Artificial, but not fake.”


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Gina Ford


Gina is a landscape architect and principal at Sasaki. She leads an energized and interdisciplinary group of practitioners solely dedicated to the improvement of quality of life in cities through rigorous planning, exceptional design, and strong community partnerships. Gina’s work encompasses a wide range of scales and project types, from public parks and plazas to large scale landscape planning and waterfront projects, including the the Lawn on D, the Chicago Riverwalk, the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery Planning and HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition.


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FRI-C09 - The Power of Place: Landscapes of Protest and Optimism

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