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Houston Transformation Conference To Explore City’s Landscape Legacy

Memorial Park is among the ongoing projects chosen by The Cultural Landscape Foundation to demonstrate Houston’s evolving cityscape.

Memorial Park is among the ongoing projects chosen by The Cultural Landscape Foundation to demonstrate Houston’s evolving cityscape.

Municipal Leaders And Academics To Speak At All-Day Event March 11 At MFAH

World-class projects by leading practitioners will be the focus of The Cultural Landscape Foun­dation’s Houston Transformation Con­ference. Featuring three consecutive moderated panel discussions, Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Trans­for­mation will examine the landscape legacy of Houston, and will explore the national and international implications of the design work currently under way in the city. The conference will be held on Friday, March 11, from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet St. Houston.

The first two panels will examine completed projects and ongoing projects, respectively, and will assess the influences of culture, history, and ecology in the evolving Houston cityscape. The final panel will provide a comprehensive appraisal of the projects and issues presented and will consider their implications for city-shaping. Key players involved in Memorial Park’s transformation will be among the distinguished individuals chosen to share their thoughts.

The day-long conference will set the stage for What’s Out There Weekend Houston, a series of free, expert-led tours on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 of some 30 sites around the city, including Memorial Park, at various times. A number of these tours will be led by conference presenters.

A conference ticket is $250; student pricing is available through March 9. Reg­istration is required and space is limited. Visit http://tinyurl.com/jpsbv4v to register. Separate registration is required for What’s Out There Weekend tours; visit http://tinyurl.com/j96d3w3.

For more information on the Trans­formation Conference and Tours, go to http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/houston2016/index.html.


The roster of speakers features internationally significant private-sector practitioners working on current and proposed projects in Houston, as well as municipal leaders, academics, leading critics and thinkers, including:

  • Charles A. Birnbaum, president & CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation
  • Annise D. Parker, former mayor of Houston
  • Joe Turner, director, Houston Parks & Recreation Department
  • Thomas L. Woltz, principal and owner, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
  • Christopher L. Knapp, co-founder & CEO,  Chilton Capital Management


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