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June Freeman Lectures Series

Architecture and Design Network

the 2017-2018
June Freeman
Lecture Series

Revitalization of the Arkansas Delta Culture for the 21st Century

Tuesday, January 9th, 6:00 pm, preceded by reception at 5:30 pm

Arkansas Arts Center Lecture Hall - 501 E 9th St. | Little Rock, AR 72202


a lecture by MARTIN SMITH of Ecological Design Group

Architecture and Design Network (ADN) kicks off the new year to continue its 2017/18 June Freeman lecture series by welcoming Martin Smith, PLA, ASLA, Partner and Landscape Architect with Ecological Design Group, Inc.  Smith will give a lecture entitled “Revitalization of the Arkansas Delta Culture for the 21st Century,” where he will focus on the Delta Region and the Big Woods of Arkansas.  Learning objectives included bridging gaps amongst groups of citizens who may thing they have little or nothing in common, examine practices that have allowed communities to cross that divide, discover how the design and use of our built infrastructure reduces physical barriers and forces social engagement, and explore how strong social networks leverage opportunities for assembling lasting partnerships.
Smith is a native of Arkansas and currently resides in the small community of Birdeye, raising his family in a home built by his Great-Great Grandfather in 1901. His passion and commitment to his local community runs deep in the Arkansas Delta much like his family history. Martin has led design teams throughout the State with a focus on innovative award winning low impact development for urban and rural environments. Martin uses stormwater to initiate his designs while placing an emphasis on the integration of public spaces with the founding principles of ecology. Martin and his wife Kara are active throughout the Delta promoting the importance of Healthy Living lifestyles while also promoting locally grown regional sustainability.

Architecture and Design Network lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Supporters of ADN include the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, the Central Section of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and friends in the community.