Exploring Urban Excellence:
Sustaining Vibrant Urban Places in an Era of Social Distancing

An in-depth discussion about urban places
Thursday, July 16th, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT

Bringing people, ideas, goods and services together are hallmarks of urban life. So how are places designed with that in mind adapting to the challenges—both immediate and prolonged—of the current pandemic? In this panel, we’ll discuss how designers, developers, and managers of urban developments in cities across the United States are responding and the long-term implications for creating and maintaining healthy, welcoming, and inclusive urban places.

Kimberly Driggins, Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy
Tom Kasznia, Principal, Corporate, Commercial and Civic Global Practice Leader, Perkins and Will
Ted Landsmark, Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University
Frank Monterisi, Chief Operating Officer, Related Midwest
Todd Richardson, President, Crosstown Concourse Redevelopment Cooperative and Co-founder, Crosstown Arts

Anne-Marie Lubenau, Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

Top row (from left): Kimberly Driggins, Tom Kasznia, Ted Landsmark. Bottom row (from left): Frank Monterisi, Todd Richardson, Anne-Marie Lubenau.

This session was live recorded as part of the Chicago Architecture Center’s “What’s Next” series.

Sponsored by the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence in partnership with the Association of Architecture Organizations and Chicago Architecture Center.


Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, TN (2019 RBA Gold Medalist)

Courtesy of Crosstown Arts

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Washington Housing Conservancy

Courtesy of Washington Housing Conservancy


Courtesy of Perkins&Will

Related Midwest

Courtesy of Related Midwest

Dukakis Center for Urban Research & Policy, Northeastern University

Courtesy of Gary Higgins, Boston Business Journal