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POSTPONED! – Neighborhood Summit 2020

March 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Workshop Leaders

Jeff Raser, Couper Gardiner, and John Kornbluh from AIA Cincinnati’s Urban Design Committee

Samantha Essel-Addo, Chas Wiederhold, Steven Kenat, GBBN Architects


March 14
at Cintas Center, Xavier University


Free and open to the public

Program Description

UPDATE 3.11.20  From Invest In Neighborhoods – “2020 Neighborhood Summit Postponed

“After working with our partners to put in place proper procedures and protocols to limit the spread of contagion, in light of the rapidly changing events in the state and the daily changing landscape regarding preparedness and response to COVID-19, we are postponing the 2020 Neighborhood Summit scheduled for Saturday, March 14. After discussion with our partners, sponsors, and vendors, and the impact of several announced corporate and Ohio public policies, it was decided that proceeding with an abundance of caution was the appropriate action with respect to the public safety concerns of our community.  The Kick-Off event the preceding evening is also postponed.  We are currently working on our contingency plan for moving forward and will provide further details as decisions are made.”  Please check their website for additional updates.

Neighborhood Summit 2020

The Neighborhood Summit is the annual Cincinnati event which brings together hundreds of community leaders and volunteers, city officials and non-profits in a FREE day-long series of seminars and workshops aimed at helping citizens work effectively together to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Sessions include community development, the draft Community Wide Housing Strategy, a panel on generational resiliency with Steve Kenat, AIA, and AIA Cincinnati’s Urban Design Committee on their recent South Fairmount–Lick Run District Workshop and previous workshops. This is a great way for Citizen Architects to get engaged with the community.

Public Community Design Workshops by AIA Cincinnati (3:30 pm)
Jeff Raser, Couper Gardiner, and John Kornbluh from AIA Cincinnati’s Urban Design Committee

This session will review past community design workshops hosted by the Urban Design Committee of the American Institute of Architects – Cincinnati chapter. Based upon the premises that everyone’s opinion matters, and that the urban design of neighborhoods deeply affects people’s everyday lives, this session will examine how these workshops were put together, transpired, and what became of the community’s efforts. 

The Urban Design Committee of AIA Cincinnati, has led several community engagement workshops over the past 10+ years. These public workshops have enabled community stakeholders the opportunity to voice opinions about what they would like to see built in their neighborhoods. With the assistance of volunteer architects and other design professionals who can give graphic form to voiced ideas, citizens can express their opinions on everything from public gathering spaces, parks, street corridor design, buildings and functions, parking, transportation, and other elements that effect the vitality of neighborhoods. These public workshops have included community-led concepts for: the Jack Casino, Price Landing Park, Wasson Way, St. Mary’s Square, and several sites in Over-the-Rhine.  In addition to these past events, on February 22, 2020 the Urban Design Committee of AIA Cincinnati will hold a community design workshop for the South Fairmount neighborhood centering on what places, streets, and buildings the stakeholders of that neighborhood would like to see built around the Lick Run waterway.

Cincinnati 2030: Generational Resiliency (2:45-3:15 pm)
Samantha Essel-Addo, Chas Wiederhold, Steven Kenat, GBBN Architects

Downtown Cincinnati is more vibrant than it has been in generations. But with 40% of its resurgent population composed of millennials (almost double that of Boomers and Gen X), its ongoing resilience may depend on how the city’s infrastructure shifts to support this generation’s changing lives. For instance, over 60% of the urban core’s total residential units are occupied by singles. What happens as more millennials have families? Will we develop the housing and infrastructure to support them or will we see a generational flight? Will Cincinnati’s inner ring suburbs catch the flight or will these millennials flee further? This session asks what it takes to make a generationally resilient Cincinnati using survey data collected in real time to explore attendee’s motivations for living where they do and asks what amenities and infrastructure they need to support their lives in that place, now and in the years ahead.


March 14, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Cintas Center
1624 Herald Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45207
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