Next weekend, the City Honors School will welcome two urban visionaries to their auditorium to open up dialogue on how to improve the Buffalo Waterfront.
Aspirations and Inspirations: Imagining the Buffalo Waterfront will take place on Saturday, November 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. and will feature an in-depth discussion about how land use decisions and creativity can transform the waterfront into a more appealing and sustainable aspect of the city. Leading this discussion will be Fred Kent, the founder and director of Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and Tony Goldman, the founder and CEO of The Goldman Properties Company.
Kent can be described as “a thinker” who works to transform public spaces and build stronger communities through his work with PPS. PPS is a nonprofit group that provides resources, tools and ideas about placemaking and how to use local assets to create spaces that revitalize the community while simultaneously reflecting its historical value. PPS has worked in over 2500 different communities in each of the U.S. and 40 different countries. Their projects include improving parks, transportation, markets, downtowns, civic centers, multi-use spaces, campuses, squares and waterfronts. PPS works with public and private organizations, federal, state and municipal agencies, business improvement districts, neighborhood associations and other civic groups to help create spaces within the community that will help strengthen it.
Goldman also brings plenty of urban development experience to the discussion. His company has worked to transform neighborhoods in the Upper West Side, Wall Street Financial District and Soho in New York City, as wells as areas in Philadelphia, Miami and Boston. In October 2010, Goldman earned the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work. Goldman’s appreciation for art has made him a leader in the public art movement and has contributed to his work in designing and preserving urban spaces. Goldman created a 3,000 square foot public canvas on Houston Street in SoHo which has brought artistic inspiration to the neighborhood. He has created a similar concept in his “Walls of Wynwood” by commissioning the walls of several buildings in Miami’s old wholesale district to various artists to showcase their work. His company works to use creative approaches to designing and developing undervalued land and buildings to revitalize the communities they lie within.
In addition to hearing the ideas of Kent and Goldman, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a waterfront soundscape by Bryan Wanzer, a metaphorical mime and puppet show by Michele Costa and sculptural designs by Dennis Maher.