'Urban in Alaska: Town Square Park Design Charrette,' March 14, 28 and 29
by Michelle Saport |
Family Charrette Friday, March 14 Anchorage Museum
Second annual "Urban in Alaska" conference March 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. UAA Main Campus (Exact location TBA)
Anchorage en Blanc Friday, March 28, 6-9 p.m. Town Square Park
Design Charrette Saturday, March 29, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
The "Urban in Alaska: Town Square Park Design Charrette" is a community-wide participatory process inviting the public to help collectively re-imagine Town Square Park, located in downtown Anchorage.
A charrette is a collaborative design process where, during a short time frame, a group of individuals address a design issue. Our charrette consists of four different events that will all contribute to discussing and imagining the re-design of Town Square Park.
The one-day event on Saturday, March 29, is the centerpiece of a weekend of "creative placemaking" discussions and activities designed to educate community members, as well as provide them with the necessary tools and forum for creating and implementing plans for a re-design of Town Square Park. This "Urban in Alaska: Town Square Park Design Charrette" is just the beginning of a larger yearlong community effort dedicated to creative placemaking in Anchorage.
Other events include a "family charrette" hosted by the Anchorage Museum on Friday, March 14. In addition, On Friday, March 28, the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) will host their second annual "Urban in Alaska" conference. Throughout the weekend of March 28 there will be opportunities to experience creative placemaking "live" in Anchorage through planned events in various locations.
This effort has been organized through a joint partnership between the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Alaska State Council on the Arts, The Parks Foundation, Anchorage Parks and Recreation, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, The Municipality of Anchorage - Long Range Planning Section and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.