Sunday March 18

1-2p Keynote

 Bob Berkebile, Healthy Communities and the Dialogue that Builds Them

2:15-2:45   Community dance performance

2:45-3 Reports from the field; the model-building teams show and tell

3-3:15 Introduction of facilitators

3:15-4:45 Breakout dialogue about the role of public space in healthy communities and report out

4:45-5 What to look for next!


About Keynote speaker Bob Berkebile

Bob Berkebile,FAIA

Principal BNIM Architects

Any list of accomplished, influential environmentalists and preservationists includes Bob Berkebile. Highly regarded by fellow professionals and the recipient of numerous awards, Bob focuses on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work. He is a founding principal of BNIM, which received the 2011 AIA Firm Award, and he brings over four decades of experience to the architectural profession. He is the founding chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on the Environment (AIA / COTE) and was also instrumental in the formation of the US Green Building Council and its LEED rating system.

Bob and his firm are setting new standards for regenerative design and resource efficiency at the building and community scales on a broad range of projects including: the Omega Institute for Sustainable Living, which is the world’s first LEED Platinum Living Building; the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, which will transform education and research by setting a new benchmark as the world’s most sustainable academic lab building; Eden Hall Campus of Chatham University that will become a model sustainable living and learning community for the region and beyond; and the Oberlin Green Arts District at Oberlin College, which will be a pilot for a partnership between the college and the City to create the first post-carbon economy in America.

By combining his design and leadership skills, Bob has consistently created new approaches to holistic, integrated community building. He utilizes education, systems thinking, dialogue and collaborative design as tools to restore social, economic and environmental vitality.

The Lawrence Percolator presents
THIS GREEN SPACE  Reimagining  9th & New Hampshire
Visit during the installation  Final Friday, February 24th   5 – 9 pm
Opening  Saturday, March 3rd   6 – 9 pm
show continues on weekends 12-6 through March 25th
Expanding the Dialogue of This Green Space
A community conversation (check website for details)
Sunday, March 18th  12 – 6 pm

Design changes proposed in February 2012 for hotel/apartment building at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets in Downtown Lawrence. (from )

This Green Space is a exhibition of ideas about public space planned for March 2012 at the Lawrence Percolator in Lawrence, KS.

All – dreamers  architects  kids poets  elders  artists  dancers planners  and passersby – are invited to share your visions, poems, drawings, paintings, models, and musings for what this green space at the corner of 9th & New Hampshire in Lawrence, Kansas could become, and/or the place where you live in Anycity, Anywhere. Share the story of how your green space has been, or could be re-imagined.

DUE by February 26th

Send to:

This Green Space

c/o Dave Loewenstein

740 Rhode Island #1

Lawrence, KS 66044


Deliver in person to the Percolator

behind 913 Rhode Island, Lawrence , KS

on weekends, from 12-6, now through Feb. 26

Work made for the exhibition should concentrate on the use of open lands and green spaces in our cities and communities.  How do we use these spaces? What replaces these spaces? What is the value of the spaces? How can these spaces be improved?

Types of work we hope to include in the exhibition:

  • painting
  • photography
  • drawings and prints
  • small-sale sculpture or 3D works
  • design proposals (hypothetical and commissioned)
  • maps
  • documentation of events or actions
  • propaganda
  • others…

Basic Fine Print.

  • Delivery and return shipping are the responsibility of those who submit. Please include postage for return delivery.
  • We will exhibit all entries as space permits
  • Lawrence Percolator receives 20% of all sales of artwork.

The Lawrence Percolator is the project space of the Lawrence Corporation for the Advancement of the Visual Arts. LCAVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing new art and cultural events to audiences in Lawrence and Douglas County Kansas.

Dave Loewenstein and Christina Hoxie are the Lawrence Percolator board members responsible for This Green Space.

Land Use

Community Space


Public Space

Parking Day


Leftover Spaces



Reclaimed space



The impetus for the exhibition came from the board of the Lawrence Percolator learning that a national hotel chain has made plans to build a new hotel across the alley from the Lawrence Percolator on the field that is our adopted front yard where we have flown kites, watched storms roll into town, and has afforded us a prime spot for people watching and access to downtown.

If the hotel comes, the scale of our entry and outdoor experience at the Percolator (and neighborhood) will be forever changed. So we began to wonder. What else is possible? What could occupy this field and make it meaningful to others? If we must bid adieu to our field of clover and dandelions, let us consider the possibilities of urban green space and undeveloped land. The leftovers and the beloved. Here and elsewhere.