In 2020 the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance will host a series of guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to downtown employers, workers, residents and community members.
February 4 - David Dixon
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Downtowns face a period of unprecedented opportunities over the next two decades.
The extraordinary changes that have triggered revitalization of North American cities are precursors to more far-reaching change.
Downtowns need to start planning today to manage—and draw public benefit from—this period of transformational change.
Join us and hear from David Dixon about how downtown Saint Paul can prepare for these opportunities.
David Dixon, FAIA
Stantec Urban Fellow
David Dixon helped establish Stantec’s Urban Places Initiative, an interdisciplinary practice that helps communities manage and benefit from the accelerating pace of unprecedented demographic, economic, environmental and technological change. He is especially known for initiating a national dialogue—through lectures, commentary, and the organization of two national conferences—about the value of “walkable density” as an essential tool for unlocking the benefits made possible by the flow of people, jobs and investment back to urban places. In recent years he has “walked this talk”, leading planning and urban design for more than $15 billion of investment in new walkable, mixed-use, diverse and resilient downtowns and urban districts in cities and suburbs alike.
David received the AIA’s highest honor for achievement in the public sphere, the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. Residential Architecture named David to its Hall of Fame “as the person we call when we have questions about cities.” He is co-author of Urban Design for an Urban Century: shaping more livable, equitable and resilient cities (Wiley, 2014) and co-editor of Suburban Remix: creating a new generation of urban places (Island Press, 2018).