Urban Design for People-First Places and Streets: Molly Robinson at TEDxSaltLakeCity

07/01/2014 17:31:18

Molly O'Neill Robinson leads Salt Lake City's Urban Design Studio. As the City's urban designer, she is responsible for building value in the public realm through civic leadership, citizen empowerment, and design controls and incentives. Her goal is to elevate design consciousness and culture in Salt Lake City by advocating for the qualities and design details that make memorable places and livable neighborhoods.

Molly is the project manager for the Downtown Master Plan, a 25-year vision and roadmap for the future of Downtown Salt Lake. The plan will be based on community values, identified and explored through storytelling. She leads various workshops, design charrettes, and walking tours to engage the public in the conversation on urban design and the city they want to build.

Prior to joining the Planning Division staff in Salt Lake, Molly was a planner and project manager at OLIN, an award-winning landscape architecture, urban design and planning studio in Philadelphia, and Sasaki, a leading internationally-renowned planning and design firm in Boston. Molly holds a MS in Planning from the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia and a BS in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has served as an Assistant Instructor at PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania and is a regularly invited guest juror at the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning.

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Good talk!  SLC needs more pedestrian-friendly Places and fewer non-Places in a bad way.

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