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Green to the Street: The Future of Pershing Square

Moderated by Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Co-presented with REDCAT's President's Forum
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Episode Summary
Is Pershing Square a study in failed urban design? What would it take to bring it back? Could we take lessons from New York City's beloved Bryant Park? Join us for a discussion on the future of what was once one of the most vibrant and elegant public spaces in downtown Los Angeles.

Participant(s) Bio
Daniel Biederman is the co-founder of Grand Central Partnership, 34th Street Partnership, and Bryant Park Corporation, based in New York City. He currently serves as the President of the latter two organizations and as an advisor to downtown redevelopment management efforts in several other cities.

Since the late 1990s, Mr. Biederman has advised Business Improvement Districts and designed the plan for new or improved parks in Pittsburgh, Newark, Miami, Baltimore, Dallas, Richmond, and Atlanta.

Kathleen Bullard is Tetra Tech Inc.'s Los Angeles Program Manager. She is also an instructor in the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture program where she teaches intermediate and advanced design studios in environmental analysis and planning. This year's studios are focused on analyzing and developing plans for parks in downtown Los Angeles including rethinking and redesigning Pershing Square. With a master's degree in landscape architecture and an MBA, Kathleen combines her landscape architecture and finance background to bring a balanced and innovative approach to planning and implementing projects. She is currently assisting the City of Los Angeles with implementation of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. As Director of the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, she produced a public space with an identity for river revitalization while creating a funding stream for maintenance of the facility. She has also implemented several environmental restoration projects with goals of improved habitat, water quality, and recreational amenities. Kathleen has long been active with non-profit community organizations in the Los Angeles area. She was a recipient of a Loeb Fellowship in advanced environmental studies from Harvard University in 2003.