UPDATE: ZipCode Calling has a new name. It is now called Project for Placemaking.
God designed us to dwell in community, to live out an embodied existence with our neighbors. This means we are real people living in a real physical place. The built environment – the way city sidewalks, streets, parks, and neighborhoods are designed and inhabited – contributes to the quality of our community life, for good or for bad. While Christian pastors and leaders are well equipped for tending to the spiritual and emotional health of the community, there is often a gap in their toolkit for understanding how they can nurture community wellbeing through the design of the built environment. Because of this, many Christian pastors and leaders miss out on the joy and privilege of participating in the planning, design, and building of livable neighborhoods, downtowns, or cities that help nourish individuals and communities for generations.
This one-day workshop in Dallas is an opportunity for Christian pastors and leaders to gain some tools for understanding the built environment and the unique ways the church can answer her call to love her neighbors by stewarding the built environment. Participants will join the annual Congress for the New Urbanism (which will be in Dallas for the enitre week, April 29 – May 2) for three morning sessions and one afternoon sesson to learn about principles of good design and great placemaking that encourages community interaction, and social and physical wellbeing. In the afternoon we’ll do a walking tour to experience and see first hand what we’re learning about.
In addition to the learning, this workshop will also be an opportunity to meet and talk with other local leaders and pastors about how these ideas might be fleshed out in local congregations and communities. We hope you’ll join us in the conversation!
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7
HERE’S HOW WE’LL DO IT
– You’ll learn from expert practitioners principles of good urban design that foster community flourishing.
– You’ll participate in small group discussions facilitated by experts.
– You’ll take a guided walking tour through the local neighborhood so you can see and discuss the design principles that you’re learning about.
– Last, but not least, you’ll meet new friends and become a part of a local Christian community that proactively cares about the built environment.
COST AND APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Free (bring a brown bag lunch, or we’ll help arrange for you to place a lunch order for delivery)
THE ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 29! You can register on the day of the event, but we’re prefer you to register online so we can anticipate the number of people attending.
LOCATION AND TIMES:
Location: Adolphus Hotel 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX (214) 742-8200
Date: April 30, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End TIme: 5:30 PM
SCHEDULE: (All locations Adolphus Hotel, Grand Ballroom A).
8:30 AM: Introductions (Location: Adolphus Hotel, Grand Ballroom A).
9:00 AM-10:00 AM How We Got Here: History of Planning by Emily Talen, Ph.D. (Grand Ballroom A)
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Principles of New Urbanism by Andres Duany (Grand Ballroom A)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Transect & Coding by Sandy Sorlien (Grand Ballroom A)
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch & discussion groups (venue TBA)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Walking Tour (or choose to attend more sessions on “Market Demands for New Urbanism (1:30-2:30 PM)” and “New Urban Retail” 2:45-3:45 PM).
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Street Design by Victor Dover (Grand Ballroom A)
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Final Q&A by Panel
To see a detailed description of the talks and information about the speakers go to this link.