Events for Town Branch Commons Design Competition


Discussion of “Landscapes of Confrontation”
Bradford McKee, editor, Landscape Architecture magazine
7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30
Gluck Equine Research Center auditorium, 1400 Nicholasville Road
Hosted by UK Landscape Architecture

Bradford McKee will lead a discussion on “Landscapes of Confrontation” covering how to deals with site contamination. McKee is the current editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine and a member of the Town Branch Commons Design Competition Jury.
​Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues
11:30 a.m., Thursday Jan. 31
Hilary J. Boone Center, 500 Rose St.
Hosted by the Gaines Center for the Humanities

Speakers are local architect Van Meter Pettit and planner Stan Harvey. Sponsored annually by the Gaines Center for the Humanities at UK, this lecture will be an opportunity for Lexington community members, elected officials, and faculty and students to offer insights on the history of the Town Branch and examine large-scale projects from other cities and how they have been implemented. The Lafayette Seminar is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lunch is free and the event is open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations required. To reserve a seat, please email or call (859) 257-1537.

Design Adds Value to the Commons
Five Landscape Architects Discuss the Importance of Good Design for Downtown Development
4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31,
Lexington Children’s Theatre, 418 W. Short St.
Hosted by the UK College of Design

Each of the five design firms shortlisted for the competition will speak to how the implementation of large-scale public projects can increase a city’s value, citing past commissions as examples. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Speaks, Dean, UK College of Design
and will feature Aaron Betsky, Director, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Bradford McKee, Editor, Landscape Architecture magazine. This event is free and open to the public.

Designs on Display
February 4-22 (February 15 Gallery Hop Included)
City Gallery, Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street

The designs each firm has created will be on display at the Downtown Arts Center from February 4-22 and will be displayed during the Gallery Hop on the 15th.