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Day 1. 6 Repurposing old infrastructure in light of Climate Change


This presentation will uncover the value of retrofitting green spaces to cities as a path to health and wellness. Mark Johnson will discuss the techniques for re-introduction of greenspaces into failed brownfields as well as techniques to engage communities in the creation of green retrofits. Alice Shay will then discuss the Reimagine the Canals initiative for the Erie Canal in New York State. She will provide examples of multivalent assessment of underperforming assets and strategies for adaptive reuse for transformative public realm infrastructure.

Mark Johnson, Civitas Inc.; Alice Shay, Buro Happold; Chair: Jane Findlay CMLI, President of the Landscape Institute

Mark Johnson, Civitas, Inc.

Mark Johnson is the founding principal of Civitas, a landscape, urban design and planning firm in Colorado with projects across North America, the Middle East and Europe. His mission, to “engage people with nature in cities” has led to major urban regeneration and transformation projects, largely on industrial or waterfront brownfields.


Alice Shay, Buro Happold

Alice Shay is a city planner and urban designer with over 15 years of experience in New York City and beyond. As part of BuroHappold’s Cities practice, Alice leads strategic planning and Stranded Assets projects including the Reimagine the Canals initiative, Make Way for Lower Manhattan, and the NYC Small Theaters Economic and Cultural Impacts Study. Before joining BuroHappold, Alice worked with Bloomberg Associates and WXY Architecture and Urban Design where she managed urban design and city strategy projects for cities across the US, Latin America, and Europe.


Jane Findlay CMLI PLI, President of the Landscape Institute

Jane Findlay is a Landscape Architect, the founding director of Fira and President Elect of the Landscape Institute. She is an experienced masterplanner and designer of the large and complex projects, particularly experienced in the design of the healing landscape for healthcare and delivered some of the most complex healthcare projects in the UK. Jane is passionate about promoting the psychological and physical benefits that
quality landscape design plays in all aspects of the public realm. She has developed a specialism in symbolism and remembrance through landscape design. Jane continues to advise the National Memorial Arboretum in South Staffordshire.


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