Landscape Forms Roundtable on Urban Vitality Convenes Design, Civic and Corporate Leaders in a Metropolis on the Rise
Kalamazoo, MI – August 16, 2018 – On August 7 -8 2018, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting sponsored the latest in its long-running series of roundtables on critical issues in the built and landscape environment. Landscape Forms sponsors annual roundtables to support the landscape architecture profession, provide a forum for thought leaders, and gather intelligence that enables the company to develop product solutions that address critical challenges in the outdoor realm. The event at the Cummins, Inc. global distribution headquarters in downtown Indianapolis was funded by Landscape Forms, hosted by Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms Vice President of Design and Marketing, and moderated by David Rubin, ASLA, FAA founding principal of Land Collective, a Philadelphia-based landscape architecture and urban design studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies.
This roundtable on urban vitality brought together landscape architects, architects, planners, and municipal and corporate leaders, including Mary Titsworth Chandler, CEO of The Cummins Foundation and Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations for Cummins Inc., and Emily Mack, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development for the City of Indianapolis. Guests shared insights and experience on how cities can strategically and equitably create attractive and interesting places to live, work and play for the growing number of people migrating to downtowns - and for current residents and business owners with an interest in protecting the existing vitality and culture of their neighborhoods.
Indianapolis provided an ideal site for the event. This mid-size midwest city in the nascent stage of reverse migration can boast enlightened public and private leadership working together to create models for successful urban placemaking. Examples include the Indianapolis Cultural Trail designed by Rundell Ernstberger Associates, a 9-mile landscaped bike path and pedestrian walkway system in the heart of downtown that links cultural attractions, parks and restaurants, hotels and shops; the HOK-designed Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, the flagship medical center for the oldest public healthcare system in Indiana, with a plaza and gardens designed by Land Collective that are open and welcoming to the community; the new Cummins building designed by Deborah Berke Partners, with a large green-space plaza also designed by Land Collective that is fully accessible to the public and intersects with the Cultural Trail; and a municipal economic development agency that landbanks underused properties and oversees the reconstruction of abandoned buildings and new construction that reflect the architectural context and respect the character of established neighborhoods. A full online report of roundtable proceedings will be published by Landscape Forms this fall.
About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The Landscape Forms U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan with sales representatives throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses, sites such as Orange County Great Park; and familiar brand leaders such as Boeing, Cisco Systems, Disney, Sprint, American Airlines, Herman Miller, and Nike.