Frances has been the lead designer for numerous award-winning projects for educational, cultural, civic, and government clients. She has served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York, the Architectural Review Board of the Federal Reserve Bank, the Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Buildings Operations, and is a former Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
New York City’s newest parks are largely funded through a mixture of philanthropy, corporate sponsorships and captured value from adjacent real estate. While these strategies have proven to be effective, they are not viable for existing parks in low- and middle-income neighborhoods. Can concession agreements or smarter design strategies bottom-line routine maintenance costs? Would New Yorkers be open to higher taxes to pay for beloved open spaces?
Join Frances Halsband, Elissa Hoagland, Jamie Maslyn Larson, and Signe Nielsen to debate how to design and finance New York City’s neighborhood parks.
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Pegeen Hanrahan is a registered Professional Engineer and Southeast Director of the Trust for Public Land. A native and lifelong resident, she served Gainesville, Florida as its Mayor, and as a City Commissioner, leaving office both times as a result of term limits. Pegeen has over 25 years of experience in environmental remediation, grant writing, land conservation, and local government finance.
Elissa is the Managing Principal of HR&A's Dallas office. She is currently managing a multidisciplinary team, on behalf of the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, to investigate the overall economic impacts and value of the entire Dallas Parks system, and prepare a benchmarking assessment of the City's parks system against comparable cities. This study will contribute to an economically-guided capital plan for the City's parks.
Jamie is a Principal at Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture. Prior to joining Wagner Hodgson, she was a Principal at West 8's New York office with a nation-wide, diverse portfolio that garnered many design awards and national and international press. She was Principal-in Charge of the firm's United States portfolio, which includes some of the firm's most emblematic projects, including Governors Island Park and Public Space project, Longwood Gardens Master Plan, and Soundscape in Miami Beach, Florida.
Signe is a Founding Principal of MNLA and has been practicing as a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. Her body of work has renewed the environmental integrity and transformed the quality of spaces for those who live, work, and play in the urban realm. A Fellow of the ASLA, she is the recipient of more than 100 national and local design awards for public open space projects and is published extensively nationally and internationally.