Next County Library Lecture Focuses on Engaging Communities Through Active Design

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 

Next County Library Lecture Focuses on Engaging Communities Through Active Design

WHO:                   Leon County

WHAT:                 Leon County Library Lecture Series

WHEN:               Thursday, October 22, 5:30 p.m.           

WHERE:              Virtual Event through Zoom

Join Leon County Government, and the Center for Active Design, in partnership with the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) and the Knight Foundation, for The Great Spaces Summit Library Lecture Series with Suzanne Nienaber on Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m. This virtual, interactive, and informative workshop will connect health with design as Nienaber describes the role of the built environment in advancing health, happiness, and community pride.

To register for the virtual lecture, click here.

Nienaber is an urban planner and facilitator striving to shape healthier, more engaged communities through her work with the Center for Active Design. Among other insights, her work reveals that well-maintained amenities, such as street trees, lighting and playground equipment, are associated with higher levels of civic trust.

As a part of the lecture, Nienaber will lead participants in interactive exercises to reimagine local public spaces within Tallahassee-Leon County. Participant insights on opportunities to enhance community spaces across the region will also inform KCCI's ongoing visioning efforts for the Market-Districtcontributing to a reimagined district incorporating a park, shaded walkways, and additional entertainment options to amplify the local dining and shopping experience.

Leon County selects speakers and topics that engage and inspire, appealing to the interests of all citizens. Following the lecture, the library will curate a list of related books and materials available for check-out. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at / (850) 606-5300.

About the Center for Active Design:

The Center for Active Design is the leading non-profit organization using design to foster healthy and engaged communities. We apply our multi-disciplinary expertise to empower decision makers, providing publications, original research, certification, technical assistance, and digital tools. Our work is responsive to unique local priorities and results in measurable outcomes.

The Center for Active Design's mission is to transform design and development practice to support health, ensuring equitable access to vibrant public spaces that support optimal quality of life. For more information, visit

About the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI):

Since 2007, the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) has been making positive change in the Tallahassee-Leon County community. KCCI brings together a diverse group of community Catalysts who implement "sense of place" projects that help retain, attract and harness talent, increase entrepreneurship and enhance Tallahassee's economic mobility. For more information, visit


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