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Archived News Release from 2005

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The Forum at Redwood City Presents:
Fred Kent and the Secrets of Success From the World’s Best Parks (and Lessons From the Worst!)

Redwood City, CA - February 22 , 2005 - The City of Redwood City and local non-profit training and education organization Communities by Design have scheduled another exciting educational forum on urban design.

On Wednesday, March 2, 6:00 to 7:45 pm, renowned “placemaking” expert Fred Kent will be speaking on “The World’s Best and Worst Parks.” Please join us for a provocative discussion examining why some parks succeed as lively public spaces while others fail.

Fred Kent will show examples of the great parks and public spaces of the world, as well as some places that are in his “Hall of Shame.” Mr. Kent will discuss why the great places are successful, why the bad are not, and how the principles of great places can be applied to our cities and towns to improve life in the Bay Area. 

The founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, Fred Kent is a nationally-recognized authority on revitalizing city spaces and placemaking. Mr. Kent has made presentations in 46 states across the U.S., and in 12 countries. Each year, Mr. Kent and his staff train 10,000 people in their placemaking techniques. Mr. Kent studied with Margaret Mead at Columbia University and worked with William H. Whyte on the Street Life Project, assisting with observations and film analysis of corporate plazas, urban streets, parks and other open spaces in New York City. The research resulted in the now -classic The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, published in 1980, which laid out conclusions based on decades of meticulous observation and documentation of human behavior in the urban environment.

The Forum takes place at the Little Fox Theater, 2209 Broadway, in downtown Redwood City. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. An optional no-host dinner with the presenter and other participants will be held following the Forum for those wishing to continue the discussion. The Forum brings nationally-known speakers and presenters to Downtown Redwood City for in-depth dialogues on city design issues, providing an on-going venue for professional-level education and dialogue about urban design issues, today’s hottest urban design topics, and most cutting-edge techniques.

By bringing together local government officials from throughout the Bay Area, as well as planners, urban designers, architects, and other professionals in the urban design field, these forums are intended to educate and foster discussion on new and emerging concepts in city planning and design. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Dan Zack
Downtown Development Manager
650-780- 7363

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