2021 Hearst Lecture Series - Alexa Bush
“Landscapes as a Civic Infrastructure for Inclusive Economic Recovery”
Wednesday, April 21, 5 pm PDT
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Landscapes and public spaces play a critical role in cities and communities as a civic infrastructure that connects us and builds social capital and resiliency. Investment in public spaces - from parks, to vacant lots, to streets - has created a platform for a more inclusive economic recovery for neighborhoods in post-bankruptcy Detroit and offers an approach to improve equity, quality of life, and attachment between people and the places in which they reside.
About Alexa Bush: She is passionate about creating equitable and resilient cities. She is the Urban Design Director - East Region in the City of Detroit Planning Department. She manages a team responsible for planning and implementing neighborhood development and landscape infrastructure projects on Detroit’s east side. She has also been a project lead for Detroit's Reimagining the Civic Commons initiatives, working with a multi-sector team to improve civic engagement, equity and environmental sustainability through reinvestment into neighborhood-scale public spaces, co-created with residents. Alexa is a licensed landscape architect and was recently selected as a Knight Foundation and 880 Cities 2020 Emerging City Champion. She received her bachelor's degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and her master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Alexa serves on the Board of Directors for the Landscape Architecture Foundation.