April 2014: Great Lakes Century Vision

Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin. The watershed of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Gulf of St. Lawrence - the Great Basin - spans from Duluth, MN to the Atlantic Ocean and is home to more than 50 million people. Despite hundreds of important efforts to clean and protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, none addressed the binational waterways and their surrounding lands comprehensively, as a whole ecosystem.

Join us as Philip Enquist, leader of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill's (SOM) City Design Practice, presents an award-winning 100-year vision for the Great Basin and provides insight on how we as citizens of the basin can work together to create sustainable solutions for the region.

Inspired by the centennial of Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago in 2009, a team of designers in SOM's City Design Practice has led a pro-bono initiative to advance a 100-year vision for the region. This initiative is a call for everyone in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin to look at their shared water resource in a new way and see the prosperous and sustainable future that can be achieved collaboratively with environmental stewardship, innovative economic regeneration and an optimistic vision.

SOM's 100-year Great Lakes Vision Plan, created in collaboration with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, depicts the Great Basin as one region defined by the watershed rather than political boundaries, and illustrates a vision for the region as an international park that encompasses culturally-rich urban and rural area. Phil will present on some of the challenges facing the region today and design principles to guide future growth and development.

Join Philip Enquist, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; and Lisa Brush, The Stewardship Network as they present on this important stewardship topic.

Philip Enquist - FAIA. Leads the global City Design Practice of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), the world's most highly awarded urban design and planning group. Phil and his studios have improved the quality and efficiency of city living on five continents by creating location-unique strategic designs that integrate nature and urban density within a framework of future-focused public infrastructure. Phil passionately believes that the world's explosive growth in cities and population must be managed by humane and holistically sustainable thinking at the national, regional and metropolitan scales. The scale of Phil's design perspective continues to expand from innovating sustainable urban forms that enhance city living with walkable, transit-enabled districts humanized by their natural amenities to rapidly changing urban clusters within regional ecosystems like North America's Great Lakes basin and China's Bohai Rim. Phil is committed to the profession through one-on-one mentorships and recent teaching positions with Illinois Institute of Technology, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning as the Charles Moore Visiting Professor. Phil was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Architectural Guild of the University of Southern California School of Architecture for his dedication to strengthening the physical, social and intellectual infrastructure of cities. The year prior, the Chicago Tribune named him and his studio Chicagoans of the Year in Architecture, citing "the city-friendly designs of Phil Enquist."

Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:00pm
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