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Future of the City series

Unique program brings together graduate students, ULI members, and thought leaders to discuss the future of the city

ULI Indiana is partnering with Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning to offer a unique series, “The Future of the City,” kicking off on Feb. 7.

The program evolved from the efforts of David Ferguson, associate dean of CAP, who has spent the past two years researching and exploring the topic of the city’s future while expanding content for graduate students enrolled in the master of urban design program. The master’s program operates out of the Indianapolis Center, located in the Platform in downtown Indianapolis.

“Our students are purposefully located in the Platform because we see Indianapolis as our laboratory,” Ferguson said. “We expose them a variety of perspectives of how to see the city and where it’s going.”

In that spirit of offering different perspectives, the “Future of the City” program has grown from a singular event in 2016 to a seven-part series in 2017.


David Ferguson

“I wanted a lot of speakers and a lot of points of view,” Ferguson said. “I’m a member of ULI and have had a chance to see the forward-thinking going on, both throughout the global organization and locally.” This led him to contact Jennifer Milliken, CAP alumna and ULI Indiana executive director, and discuss a partnership.

The “Future of the City” series will include a variety of speakers discussing topics and trends and provide networking opportunities between the graduate students and members of the Urban Land Institute’s Indiana District Council.

“We’ll hear individuals’ takes on overarching trends that are touching all of our lives, whether it be technological or sociological trends. That awareness is important for anyone planning and designing cities,” said Ferguson. “We’ll also hear localized and personalized trends on what Indianapolis is facing and discuss opportunities for the city over the next decade.”

The Feb. 7 program features Thomas Gallagher, ASLA, PLA, associate principal and urban designer at RATIO presenting, “The clumpy universe of truly resilient cities: Musings on the form of cities when robustness rather than growth is the measure of success.” The event—taking place at the Platform, 202 East Market Street—starts at 5:30 p.m. with networking, followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. and discussion from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.

Stay tuned to the ULI Indiana web site for information on future events. For more information on the Feb. 7 program, visit the event page.

Holly Bolton, FSMPS, CPSM, 3Chord Marketing 

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