Gia Biagi at the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Conference 2018

September 26, 2018

Studio Gang Principal of Urbanism + Civic Impact Gia Biagi joined Carol Coletta, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Demetrius Lambert-Falconer, and Alexa Bush in conversation at the National Recreation and Park Association’s 2018 conference. Their session, Advocacy by Design: Innovations in Parks and Public Places for Building Diverse Constituencies, highlighted ongoing collaborative efforts in five cities—Akron, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia—to reinvigorate civic assets in a way that attracts a wide range of people and cultivates long-term advocacy for parks and public places. Ultimately these efforts seek to reinvent how cities and local organizations engage people in improving, programming, and maintaining civic assets. Together they shared how the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative is demonstrating that innovative, meaningful engagement can result in public places that serve us all and yield greater advocacy, stewardship, equity, and even funding.

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