CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Check back for schedule updates and announcements, as additional speakers and panelists are being confirmed.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Community Design Forum
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library

In celebration of ACD's 35th year and harkening back to our roots as the National Association of Community Design Center Directors, we will kick off ACD 2012 with a forum allowing participants to introduce themselves and their practices in order to better facilitate conversation and networking among conference participants.


Practices in the Public Interest: AIA Latrobe Prize Presentation

Time: 10:30 - 11:45 am
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Presentation: David Perkes, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio; Moderator: Soren Simonsen, Chair, Salt Lake City Council; Panelists: Prescott Muir, Prescott Muir Architects; Brenda Scheer, Dean, College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah; Heather Vance, Executive Director, AIA Utah

Presenting a current report of the 2011 Latrobe Prize project: “Public Interest Practices in Architecture", members of the project team will share their findings on needs that can be addressed by public interest practices and insights into the variety of ways in which public interest practices operate.


Food for Thought: Mentorship + Community-Based Practice
Time: Noon - 12:45 pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library, 4th Floor
Sponsor: Enterprise Community Partners

An opportunity exists for members of ACD and other community and public-interest design practices to be better stewards of our emerging professionals beyond traditional professional skills. How do we help to better train the leaders of tomorrow? What partnerships or networks can we build upon to establish such a program? Join us for an open conversation over lunch generously provided by Enterprise Community Partners.


Beyond Internship, Fellowship, and Competition: Building a Lifelong Career in Community Design

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Stephen Goldsmith (moderator), David Flores, Ceara O'Leary, Trinity Simons, Jason Wheeler 

While the need for community-oriented design is boundless, limited job opportunities and a cultural expectancy for reduced fees and “pro-bono” work can create an overwhelming barrier to entry for aspiring professionals.  For the past decade, the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship has worked to bridge that barrier by providing opportunities for young architects to actively engage in community design throughout the United States.  Present and prior Rose Fellows discuss their journey towards, through, and beyond the Rose Fellowship with the hope of fostering creative ideas for new career opportunities in community-oriented design.


Aspects of a Critically Minded Practice
Time: 2:45 - 4:15pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Brent Brown, bcWORKSHOP; TBD

This session will take a critical look at the public interest design practice by breaking it down into four key
components. Using examples of practices from around the country, this panel will bring together public interest
design practitioners to address the following topics: Organizational Structure, Project Typologies (Opportunities for Design Practice), Client/Project Selection, and Community Engagement and Accountable Design.


Conflicts of Interest and Interesting Conflicts in Community Design
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Kathleen Dorgan, Joe Fama

As the practice of bringing real-world problems into the academic design studio and simultane­ously bringing students into the community grows in popularity, it is appropriate to pause to explore the conflicts of interest that result from the various participants’ different motivations and to suggest practices that balance the needs of the community with the needs of the academy. Presenters will provide some background from research on ethics in other professions and an opportunity for the very smart folks in attendance to weigh in.


Developing a Citizen’s Guides to Land Use and Urban Design
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Eric Shaw, Foundation for Louisiana; Alfred Fraijo, Sheppard Mullin - Los Angeles

This session will examine educational curricula and methodologies that expand upon and move beyond the charette as a tool for community design. As a group, can we map out when community engagement should begin for projects of difference size and public or private provenance? What resources are needed to sustain engagement for community design? How do we communicate constraints and tradeoffs to residents and build a culture of accountability for community design implementation? How do we get the private sector involved in community design? 


Saturday, June 9, 2012


Association for Community Design Membership Meeting

Time: 9:00 - 9:45 am
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library

Join us for an update on the state of the Association and weigh in on the initiatives for the coming year.


Legacy of Community Design: Working at All Scales
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Presentation: Roger Borgenicht + David Woodman, ASSIST Inc. / Stephen Goldsmith, Center for the Living City
Moderator: Mayor Ralph Becker / Panelists: Chris Nguyen, Peggy McDonough Jan, President, MHTN Architects; Robert Bliss, Utah Heritage Foundation

Observing ASSIST’s 43 years of work within the Salt Lake Metropolitan area one can see a tangible legacy of community engagement and participatory process. This session will provide an overview of the ways one of the pioneering Community Design Centers in the U.S. has positively affected social and environmental justice in this fast growing metropolitan region.


Food for Thought: Sharing Best Practices in Real Time
Time: Noon - 12:45 pm
Venue: ASSIST Inc.
Sponsor: Enterprise Community Partners

What is your model for approaching and organizing community design projects? What can we learn from each others best practices?  Although there are a number of avenues to share projects in an open-source environment, how can we work to better provide opportunities to share practice related information throughout the year and continue conversations beyond our annual meeting? Join us for an open conversation about process and product over lunch generously provided by Enterprise Community Partners.


Community Design in Utah
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Moderator: Dave Conine, State Director, USDA Rural Development / Panel: Dijana Alickovic, CommonIStudio; Emily Niehaus, Community Rebuilds; Peter Stempel, Form Tomorrow; Maria Sykes, Epicenter

Featuring a range of community-based practices from Salt Lake City and beyond, this session will give you the opportunity to engage in some of the local flavor of community design in Utah and see some innovative approaches to engagement.

The Agoras: Designing Space for Everyone
Time: 1:00 - 1:30pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Brad Beaubien, Ball State University

From elaborate suites in stadiums to gated communities, private parks, economically tiered housing developments, garage door homes, and auto-oriented lifestyles, we no longer have communities where the banker and the beggar experience one another.  We no longer understand where one another is coming from, a fundamental precept for the compromise that must occur in a democratic society. The “agoras,” the third places where all aspects of life are carried out by all aspects of society, are few and far between.  Somehow much of what we do has been labeled as divisive, part of a new world order, or even communism.  Join Brad Beaubien in a discussion of how we might promote the creation of places, neighborhoods, and communities that serve as “agoras" that promote a mixing and equality of space for everyone.


Big Community: Discussing Design Engagement at Large Scales
Time: 1:30 - 2:30pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center; Maggie Winter, bcWORKSHOP-Brownsville

Oftentimes, community-based design takes on an issue at the scale of a neighborhood. What happens when that scale grows to encapsulate a city, county, or multi-county geographical focus? Join Dan and Maggie to hear them discuss DCDC's engagement as part of the Detroit Works project and the outreach of bcWORKSHOP in the Lower Rio Grande Valley centered in Cameron County, Texas and then stay for a discussion of what they have learned and share your own experiences.


Stories from the Field: Sharing Ideas and Expertise from the Rudy Bruner Award

Time: 2:45 - 4:00pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Anne-Marie Lubenau, Director, Rudy Bruner Award; Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

This workshop will include a brief overview of the award, including the current means for assembling and sharing case studies, discussions from the selection process and the Bruner/Loeb Forum. The discussion aims to gather ideas for sharing information and resources from Rudy Bruner Award winners and case studies with community leaders, design professionals, developers, public officials, students and others interested in the development of urban environments. This will help to identify information and resources considered most valuable; potential audiences; engagement techniques; forums and venues for sharing information; strategic partnerships; and means and methods for communication.


Practicing Rural Design
Time: 2:45 - 4:00 pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: James Wheeler (moderator), Tim Borich, Iowa State University; Timothy Collins, Western Illinois University; John Poros, Carl Small Town Center

Focusing on Rural Design as a new design discipline and what it can do for rural communities, panelists will be discussing and outlining their perspective to: 1) define what a ‘rural community’ is, and how ‘community design’ can be an integral aspect of rural design, 2) the opportunity for community design to be the linkage between urban design and rural design, and 3) is the tripartite of urban design, rural design, and community design an encompassing and integrating design methodology?


design I ENGAGE: Design Activism Scaling Up

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Members of Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR):
Lynne Elizabeth: New Village Press; Ann Panopio, Asian Neighborhood Design

Design professionals are talented, skilled, creative problem solvers who are often frustrated by the context in which we design. We engage with physical and cultural contexts, but have an opportunity to influence more fundamental social and economic contexts as well. ADPSR's new initiative, design|ENGAGE, will be a tool to "scale up" design activism and encourage design professionals to be more civically engaged on a policy making level.

Community Design in Action
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Venue: Salt Lake City Public Library
Panel: Steve Cancien, Shared Spaces; David Driskill, Urban Tech; Thor Erickson, Community Design Center of Pittsburgh; Sherry McKibben, Idaho Urban Research and Design Center; Katherine Melcher, University of Georgia

This session will cover a range of projects and issues that design centers navigate at a variety of scales aiming to explore challenges ranging from engaging 18-25 year-olds in the design process and how to make urban interventions to address issues of gentrification to community design projects looking at sustainable systems at every scale and how to use a public voice to bring transparency to community-based development to the intersection of community-built and community design.


Conference Reception featuring Green Building and Net Zero Projects
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue: The Alta Club, 100 East South Temple

Join us in wrapping up our two days of discussion by engaging in local projects at the historic Alta Club in downtown Salt Lake City. For more than 120 years, the Alta Club has been the gathering place for Utah's business, educational and political leaders and they have graciously opened their doors to help us kick off the 35th year of the Association for Community Design.


Sunday, June 10, 2012


Food for Thought: Reflections and Projections for ACD
Time: 9:30 am
Venue: TBA
Hosts: Association for Community Design Board of Directors

Join members of the ACD Board for an informal breakfast aimed at discussion on our annual meeting and discuss the coming year.


All outings will meet in the Peery Hotel Lobby at 9:30 am

Stroll Up City Creek Canyon
Time: 9:30 am, 2.5 hours maximum
Hosts: Dave and Roxy Woodman

Salt Lake City is the only urban area in the nation whose downtown is just a few blocks from a canyon wilderness. As a result, City Creek Canyon has played an imoprtant and storied role in the history of Utah's capitol city. Over ten years ago the mouth of the creek, formerly piped and buried under a parking lot, was unearthed and transformed into a vibrant city park. Although it will be a leisurely walk, appropriate footwear is suggested.


Walking the Talk: The Warehouse District
Time: 9:30 am, 2.5 hours maximum
Host: Stephen Goldsmith, The Center for the Living City

If seeing is believing, come see Salt Lake's historic warehouse district and see how a community design center's dearly engagement with a fledgling NGO led to the district's transformation. This includes zoning changes that allowed for mixed-use development in the area, preservation of buildings and green space, and the adaptive re-use of warehouses that paved the way for hundreds of millions of dollars of housing development in the area without displacing facilities for homeless populations in the area.


Bike the Legacy Parkway Trail
Time: 9:30 am
Host: Roger Borgenicht

Hop on a bicycle and ride this 14-mile separated multi-use path along the eastern edge of the Great Salt Lake. The trail was completed in 2008 as part of the Legacy Parkway and Nature Preserve. This shared solution- featuring regional transit, parkway road design, and a bicycle pedestrian trail- replaced the initial freeway design. Located adjacent to the preserved wetlands, this level trail is open to cyclists, rollers, and pedestrians.

Bicycle rental available: Raleigh Road Bike - $40 / Diamondback Hybrid - $25

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