North Carolina’s Research Triangle—including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—is a rich tapestry of natural and cultural systems interwoven with campus landscapes (academic, corporate, and cultural), regional and urban parks, and residential communities that serve diverse populations. Although the idea of the ‘Research Triangle’ first began to form in the post-War era, the region’s history dates back centuries and includes periods of great achievement despite generations of racial strife. Now, in the first quarter of the 21st century, Raleigh, the state capital, and the neighboring cities of Durham and Chapel Hill are embracing their roles as incubators for fresh ideas in planning, design, and stewardship, with landscape architects often taking the lead.
To explore the choices that will shape the region’s future and to initiate and inspire broad community-based participation, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has curated a one-day summit to be held on Friday, April 13, 2018, in the auditorium at the James B. Hunt, Jr., Library at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. The summit will draw attention to local and regional work that represents the best planning and design initiatives that strike a balance with natural, historic, cultural, and ecological systems. The summit is supported by Premier Sponsors, Sasaki and the Dix Park Conservancy; and Event Partners, the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and North Carolina State University’s College of Design.