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Connections- Talks and Charrette


A three day architectural workshop from May 18-19, 2018 to re-imagine 81.2 acres near downtown

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"what if....?"

Friday, May 18

An evening of inspiring CONNECTION talks from the planners, architects, and landscape architects who’ve created New York’s Hudson Yards, the largest development in Manhattan since Rockefeller Center. These talks are open to the public and are designed to inspire those who live, work and play in Raleigh to be bold and forward-thinking in the development of this growing metropolis.

Saturday, May 19

A day-long architectural CHARRETTE with teams of architects from North Carolina and New York City, exploring future possibilities for the sites where Raleigh’s Central Prison and Morehead School for the Blind are located, on 81.2 acres north of Dix Park. Consideration will be given to Raleigh’s economy, connectivity, and design – for the good of its people and its environment.

Sunday, May 20

A presentation and discussion of charrette results, including team visions for the sites and connections to neighboring properties and beyond. Invited guests will include the design community, civic officials, developers, property owners and the public – especially young professionals making Raleigh their home. The goal is for resulting conversations to continue after the presentations.

CHARRETTE program and scope includes Amazon Headquarters, market rate and affordable housing, hospitality, food, open space, other amenities, a new Governor Morehead School of the Blind, and a new transit plan capitalizing on roads and rail.

Connection talks by

  • Jamie von Klemperer, president of Kohn Pedersen Fox and Marianne Kwok, KPF’s design director for Hudson Yards 
  • Michael Samuelian, current president of the Trust for Governor’s Island 
  • Andre Kikoski, architect for 375,000 square feet of interiors at Hudson Yards 
  • Thomas Woltz, landscape architect for a five-acre park at the development’s heart