Part of the CAC’s “What’s Next” series • Join leading landscape architect and urban designer Ernest C. Wong at this virtual program as he outlines the tensions spatial distancing will continue to impose on parks and shared public spaces.
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Rarely has demand for green space been so great, with people seeking an outlet from home-bound lives. Many of Chicago’s largest parks are closed, and neighborhood parks are carrying the load. Their design and accessibility has never been more important. Drawing on his work with site design group, Wong will offer insights into how to approach open space design differently for the benefit of all users, and be better prepared for the next public health crisis. Learn about ongoing efforts to improve existing parks and landscapes and create vibrant new green space in an equitable way.
Program Speaker: Ernest C. Wong
Ernest C. Wong, Founder and Principal of site, has been instrumental in the evolution of the firm as a multi-cultural cutting edge design entity and fostering the landscape architecture profession in the City of Chicago. In managing the firm for over 30 years, site has established a reputation for creative design solutions, and developing thoughtful, community-oriented urban spaces.
An advocate of contextually designed public open spaces and urban parks, Ernest C. Wong has directed numerous acclaimed projects including Mary Bartelme Park, Henry Palmisano Park (formerly Stearns Quarry), and Argyle Shared Street. Through professional and service leadership, Ernest C. Wong has advocated for and helped revitalization efforts of numerous Chicago neighborhoods, including Chicago’s Chinatown, which has evolved through transformative, community-oriented projects including the multi-phased Ping Tom Memorial Park, Wentworth Avenue Streetscape, the Chinatown Vision Plan, the Chinatown Branch Library, and the ongoing Wells and Wentworth Connector.
A strong proponent of civic and community engagement, Ernest C. Wong sits on the board of numerous service organizations and professional juries including the Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Chinese American Service League, Near South Planning Board, and the Chicago Landmarks Commission. In addition, Ernest C. Wong is a frequent speaker at universities as well as design, business, and diversity conferences. This year, he served as the keynote speaker at the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Annual Meeting, discussing the future of retail and public spaces.
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