Visiting Speaker Panel: Two Plans for Greater Des Moines

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Date/Time:Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:Morrill Hall Auditorium
Contact:Kevin Owens
Channel:College of Design
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The DSN S 546: Products of Public Space studio will host a panel of four guest speakers who will compare and contrast "The Tomorrow Plan" and "The Capital Crossroads Vision," two comprehensive plans for the Greater Des Moines Region.

Panelists will include Glenn Lyons, Tim Leach, Dylan Mullenix and Bethany Wilcoxon. Lyons is president and CEO, and Leach is vice president of the Downtown Community Alliance, an affiliate of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. They have led the development of the "Capital Crossroads Plan," a five-year strategic vision plan for economic development of the Greater Des Moines area.

Mullenix is principal transporation planner and Wilcoxon is a senior transportation planner with the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. They have led the development of "The Tomorrow Plan," a regional planning effort for sustainable development of Greater Des Moines across 17 local governments. Wilcoxon received a Bachelor of Science in community and regional planning from Iowa State in 2008.

Taught by Kevin Owens, lecturer in industrial design, Products of Public Space is an interdisciplinary, experimental learning studio that exposes upper-level students to a range of real-world issues of public space in the Greater Des Moines region and beyond. Students then use their expertise to propose creative interventions for Des Moines that focus on entertainment and tourism; economic development; recreation and quality of life; vibrant urban experience; technology development; reversing the "brain drain"; sustainable energy; sustainable watershed; creation of new business models; and lifestyle choices for all generations.