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Denver Office Directors Discuss Design Trends in Region

Denver Design Week, presented by The IDC Building, aims to be a platform to promote dialogue and discussion about design and how it relates to Denver, all of Colorado, and the world. With a focus on elevating the creative industry, Design Week is a seven day celebration and showcase of the region’s best architecture, interiors, art, brands, and technology. Though remote this year, the 2020 program offered an inspiring week of programming highlighting the strength of Denver’s design ecosystem.

As Denver continues to grow, how can designers and planners bring thoughtful design of the public realm to the forefront? In their session, “Designing a Vibrant Four-Season Public Realm,” Sasaki’s Denver office directors, Anna Cawrse, ASLA, PLA and Joshua Brooks, ASLA, PLA answered this question in a roundtable discussion with John Deffenbaugh, Project Director of RiNo Art District, Josh Marinos, COO and Principal at FORMATIV CO, Sean Campbell, Founder at FORMATIV, and Elizabeth von Goeler, LEED AP ID+C, CDT, Sasaki Principal and Chair of External Relations.

In the conversation, they discuss:

  • How public space is a differentiator in private real estate development

  • How specific cultural influences like the outdoor attitude or street art greatly influence design

  • The role that nonprofits can play in setting direction for public realm at the district level

  • Project examples from around Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood and how events in 2020 have impacted the projects

  • Global and national trends that Denver should be thinking about moving forward

  • How thinking around the public realm has and should change to support daily urban life in a more holistic way


Watch the discussion below!

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