City Center Series

This series features nationally renowned experts discussing urbanism, innovation, placemaking and design. Learn about the value and importance of thoughtful planning and design as we create a vibrant city.


For three evenings in January, February and April 2020, the City Center Series will highlight Colorado Springs as it has risen to the national stage.

  • All events take place at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
  • Presentation 6-7:15 p.m.
  • $10 general admission OR $25 series pass for all three City Center Series 2020 events.
  • Free for CC, PPCC and UCCS students with valid ID.

See registration links below.

Aug. 25: Roger Brooks

Presented in partnership with Downtown Colorado, Inc.
This timely talk breaks down tourism and economic development into practical concepts and suggestions to empower citizen-advocates. A futurist and innovator, Roger Brooks has assisted nearly 2,000 communities with their branding, tourism, downtown development and marketing efforts during his distinguished career, which spans more than 35 years. He is one of the most recognized and frequently quoted experts in the field of destination marketing—a field that includes almost everything that makes a city a better place to live, work and visit.


Previously this season:

Local Great Minds

Sponsored by Colorado Springs Health Foundation
“How do we design our cities, who do we design them for, and how do those design choices exclude people or welcome them in?” Emceed by local entrepreneur Russ Ware, this series of lightning interviews highlights the people and companies driving innovations propelling Colorado Springs to national significance.

Innovations in Community Health featuring:

Zac Chapman and Patience Kabwasa: Colorado Springs Food Rescue
Steve Wood: Concrete Coyote

Sustainable/Accessible Design & Engineering featuring:

Stuart Coppedge, lead architect of Pikes Peak Summit House
Christopher Liedel, US Olympic & Paralympic Museum

Design Thinking on Housing and Affordability featuring:

Shelley Jensen, Colorado Springs Tiny Home Project
Shawna Kemppainen
, The Place, a former affiliate of Urban Peak

Alissa Walker, Curbed

A fascinating conversation on how the ways people move in cities affect the entire community’s future. As the urbanism editor at Curbed, Walker highlighted how pioneering transit, clever civic design, and game-changing policy affect our cities.



Feb. 19, 2020: Alissa Walker

Don’t miss this fascinating conversation on how the ways people move in cities affects the entire community’s future. As the urbanism editor at Curbed, Alissa Walker highlights the pioneering transit, clever civic design, and game-changing policy affecting our cities.

Alissa has been named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and Journalist of the Year by Streetsblog Los Angeles, has been featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale and honored by the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She is co-founder of design east of La Brea, a two-time National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient.




View talks by Brent Toderian, Chuck Marohn, Gil Penalosa, Jeff Speck and more on the Downtown Partnership YouTube channel.