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Abolitionist Place Tour

Event Public Works
May 13th, 2024
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Abolitionist Place
Willoughby Street & Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Ms. Jones is the president and senior principal of Hargreaves Associates. served as Sr. Principal in Charge for such award-winning projects as the 2000 Sydney Olympics Master Concept Design, University of Cincinnati Master Plan, Crissy Field in San Francisco’s Presidio, and Discovery Green in Houston, Texas. She has recently led the firm’s work for Denver’s Union Station District and the Parklands for the London Olympics 2012 and is currently leading the design for Destination Bayfront in Corpus Christi, Texas as well as a new 70 acre Central Park for Oklahoma City. Jones has served on numerous juries, lectures widely, and is active in the public forum of design and development issues. She is a Fellow and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and a past Visiting Critic in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Design School. Mary Margaret is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Sr. Fellow of the Design Futures Council and is President of Hargreaves Associates.

Sheila Lin is a Project Director at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She manages all aspects of design and construction for capital projects including a museum, libraries, infrastructure, and public parks across the five boroughs. She previously worked as an architectural designer and educator in New York City.

Regina Myer is President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination. Working with DBP’s board, the three BIDs it oversees, government agencies, and local stakeholders, Regina is leading initiatives, advocating, and securing funding to improve Downtown Brooklyn’s public realm, upgrade infrastructure, create open space, and cohesively connect the booming district to adjacent neighborhoods.

Join us for a tour of Abolitionist Place with Mary Margaret Jones, Sheila Lin and Regina Myer.

In reconstructing this public green space in Downtown Brooklyn, the City and designers harked back to the neighborhood’s relationship with the Underground Railroad. Along with the renaming, the 1.15 acre, street-level space will feature installations by Kenseth Armstead which honor the legacy of the Abolitionist Movement in Brooklyn.

We will tour the newly transformed Abolitionist Place (formerly Willoughby Square) with Mary Margaret Jones, Sheila Lin and Regina Myer.

How can thoughtful redevelopment of public spaces help people connect with their cultural heritage?

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Guest & Accessibility Policies

Urban Design Forum promotes conversations between invited civic leaders, designers, developers, and advocates. This event is open to Forum Fellows only.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.

  • The tour will include walking the site.
  • If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. Face masks are encouraged, particularly if you have been recently exposed to colds, flus, or other illness. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, a high-quality, well-fitting face covering is required at all times.
  • Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances to accommodate guests with allergies or environmental sensitivities.

If you have additional needs, we will do our best to accommodate. Please contact rsvp@urbandesignforum.org.

About Fellow Tours

As part of Public Works, we host tours of recent and ongoing built projects shaping the future of the public realm in New York City, with their designers, developers and builders. 

Support Our Work

Public Works is made possible through the support of our Board of Directors, Director’s Circle, Company Members, Global Circle, and our Campaign for Courageous Leadership, as well as from individual members through membership dues. Urban Design Forum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

To learn more about supporting Public Works, please contact Miranda Bellizia, miranda@urbandesignforum.org.

Image Rendering: Hargreaves Jones

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