2019 TNASLA Conference Schedule

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THURSDAY - APRIL 25, 2019

1:00 – 4:00 pm AFTERNOON TOURS (3 PDH)

CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE

Part 1 1:00 - 1:50 PM - Meet with Todd Richardson, Co-Director/Founder Crosstown Arts, who will kick off the tour. He will share background and evolution of the Crosstown Concourse project. Porsche Stevens, Community Relations Coordinator for Crosstown Arts will lead a tour of the facilities.

https://crosstownconcourse.com/about/

https://crosstownarts.org/about/concourse-opening-day/

Part 2 2:00 - 2:50 - Visit with staff of the Church Health Center, key tenant of Crosstown Concourse. Learn about CHC’s wellness services, including nutrition education, their interest in community gardens, and their partnership with Crosstown School. A tour of Church Health Center’s teaching kitchen will follow.

https://churchhealth.org/commissary/

Part 3 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Tour exterior site and learn about original design concept and sustainability goals from Tony Pelliciotti, architect with LRK. Wrap up at the new community garden with comment from Ryan Graycheck, landscape designer with Big Green (founder Kimball Musk) that provides learning gardens for schools, and from Lissa Thompson/ Ritchie Smith. RSA is coordinating the community garden design for Church Health Center.

EDGE DISTRICT/MEDICAL DISTRICT

Take a walking-tour of the Memphis Medical District and receive an update of the in-depth presentation about the Memphis Medical District given three years ago by Tommy Pacello. Since then, road diets and agile streetscape improvements have painted (literally) the Medical District, and the Edge District neighborhood has had several new projects break ground that will increase living and retail opportunities for the Memphis Medical District.

TOUR MEETING LOCATION:

High Cotton Brewing Company (598 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103)

The Tour will begin in the patio parklet in front of High Cotton Brewing Company.

TOUR ENDING LOCATION:

Enjoy a local brew after the Tour! The Tour will end back at High Cotton Brewing Company around 4:00pm, when High Cotton opens their taproom.

TRANSPORTATION:

For attendees staying downtown, consider using Memphis Bike Share or Bird Scooter to get to High Cotton Brewing Company.

Led by Tommy Pacello - President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative

5:00 – 5:30 pm conference registration

HALLORAN CENTRE LOBBY

Please visit the Conference Registration table at the lobby entrance of the Halloran Centre to receive your conference packet and nametag. Registration is also available Friday morning prior to the Welcome Remarks.

5:00 – 6:00 pm welcome reception & sponsor expo

HALLORAN CENTRE LOBBY AND LOUNGE

6:00 PM DINNER

HALLORAN CENTRE RECEPTION HALL

6:15 – 8:00 pM DINNER kEYNOTE (1 PDH) & AWARDS PRESENTATION

HALLORAN CENTRE RECEPTION HALL

6:15 – 7:00 PM - REIMAGINING THE MEMPHIS RIVERFRONT

Carol Coletta, President of Memphis River Parks Partnership

7:00 – 8:00 PM - AWARDS PRESENTATION

Join TNASLA in celebrating our profession during the 2019 TNASLA Award Presentation, while the best projects across the state are recognized and the annual Olmsted Award is awarded.

8:30 After Party

Pontotoc Lounge


FRIDAY - APRIL 26, 2019

7:30 – 7:55 AM CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

HALLORAN CENTRE LOBBY

Please visit the Conference Registration table at the lobby entrance of the Halloran Centre to receive your conference packet and nametag. Registration is also available on Thursday evening prior to the Welcome Reception.

8:00 – 8:15 AM WELCOME REMARKS

Session Information Coming Soon

8:15 – 9:15  AM BREAKFAST KEYNOTE - 1 PDH

GROWING THE PROFESSION “DESIGNING FOR DIVERSITY + DIVERSITY IN DESIGN”

SPEAKER: KONA GRAY, FASLA, PLA - Principal EDSA, Inc.

Our world is changing dramatically.  Half of the global population lives in rural or urban areas, and the demographic makeup of towns and cities is rapidly changing.  Traditional models of planning and development have not accounted for the needs of all residents.  The presentation will discuss the importance of fostering diversity in design towards growing the profession of landscape architecture.  Ultimately, as landscape architects, we have a tremendous opportunity to shape the environment to benefit everyone.

9:20 – 10:15 Session ONE - 1 PDH

RESTORING HOPE: SUPPORTING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES THROUGH NATIVE PLANTS

Mitch Robinson, Conservation Education Manager, will present on the benefits of integrating native plants and bird-friendly practices into landscape designs, restoration projects and habitat enhancements.   After providing a background on the essential role native plants play in ecologically functional landscapes, he will briefly highlight a variety of projects and initiatives that SPAC and Audubon are engaged in both locally and nationally that create more bird-friendly communities. These include work ranging from: municipal engagement and policy guidelines on best-use practices, educational programming and collaborative planning with suburban communities and HOA’s, as well as consultant work with large-scale government restoration and resiliency projects.

SPEAKER: Mitch Robinson – Conservation Education Manager, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

10:15 – 11:00 AM  Break & Expo with Sponsors

VISIT WITH OUR SPONSORS!

Visit with our sponsors in the exposition space to meet product representatives and learn about exciting, new products!

TNASLA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

The TNASLA Executive Committee Meeting is open to TNASLA general membership. The Executive Committee welcomes attendees to provide feedback and recommendations for the TNASLA Chapter.

11:00 – 11:50 AM Session TWO - 1 pdh

COMPLETING THE JOURNEY - THE WOLF RIVER GREENWAY

SPEAKERS: BOB WENNER - Director of Real Estate/Greenway Project Manager, Wolf River Conservancy | DANIEL ASHWORTH, ASLA, PLA, AICP - Alta Planning + Design | WARREN GOODSON, PE - W.H. Porter Consultants | RITCHIE SMITH, ASLA, PLA - Ritchie Smith Associates

The pieces of a continuous 36-mile-long Wolf River Greenway are quickly falling into place, ultimately connecting downtown Memphis on the Mississippi River to Collierville on the east. Newly completed sections offer surprising recreational experiences and scenic beauty, accessible to an increasing percentage of the community. The panel will discuss benefits, opportunities, and challenges of design and implementation of this expansive amenity.

PART A

Bob Wenner and Daniel Ashworth will discuss plans for the sections privately funded by the Wolf River Conservancy and contracted with Alta to design. 

PART B

Warren Goodson and Ritchie Smith will discuss plans for the publicly funded sections contracted by the City of Memphis that fill in the gaps.

12:00 – 1:15 PM Lunch Keynote - 1 PDH

Where We Stand: A Mission Based Practice in Service to Ecology, Culture, and the Civic Realm

SPEAKER: THOMAS WOLTZ - Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

1:15 – 2:00 PM  Break & Expo with Sponsors

VISIT WITH OUR SPONSORS!

Visit with our sponsors in the exposition space to meet product representatives and learn about exciting, new products!

2:00 – 2:50 PM Session THREE - 1 pdh

Improving Mobility in Memphis

SPEAKER: NICHOLAS OYLER Bikeway & Pedestrian Program Manager - City of Memphis

High-quality, people-oriented public spaces are a prerequisite for any great city. The City of Memphis’ Bikeway and Pedestrian Program applies this principle in its efforts to create a more walkable and bikeable Bluff City. The presentation will cover some of the Program’s recent or current projects – such as the Great Streets Pilot Project, Hampline, Manassas Street, Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, and the Big Jump – and how its work impacts the overall prosperity of the city.

2:55 – 3:45 PM Session FOUR - 1 PDH

Community Development Corporations - Connecting Economic Development & Place

SPEAKERS: ROSHUN AUSTIN, Director - The Works | SETH HARKINS, Director Alcy Ball CDC | DANE FORLINES, Director of Special Projects - The Heights CDC | EMILY TRENHOLM, Publisher & Community Engagement Manager - High Ground News (Moderator)

Learn more about how hard working non-profits and community development corporations are providing increased access to opportunity, wealth-building, and holistic community development in cities and communities

3:50 – 4:50 Session FIVE - 1 PDH

Walking West: A Landscape Design Journey Across Tennessee

SPEAKER: THOMAS WOLTZ Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

5:00 Expo Sponsor Raffle & Closing Remarks 

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