Welcome Dr. Bruce Stephenson of Living New Urbanism

Friday, October 13th at Noon
Netherland Plaza Hotel

Timeless Exemplar:
Why John Nolen’s Mariemont Plan Still Informs Sustainability

John Nolen (1869 – 1937) was an American landscape architect, planning consultant, founding member of the American City Planning Institute and a writer. A pioneer in the development of professional city planning, Nolen’s comprehensive approach blended social, economic and physical aspects of urban life with the preservation of natural beauty. Among many projects, Nolen was the city planner of Mariemont.

John Nolen’s path-breaking practice helped set the foundation for sustainability. Viewing town planning as an art that meshed nature and the city, he created the human scaled “sense of place” that is essential to sustainability. Examining the Sustainability Plans for Cincinnati, Orlando, and Portland through this lens will unveil why Nolen’s timeless vision remains a defining hope for the future.

Fall Forum is presented in partnership with Mariemont Preservation Foundation’s Millard F. Rogers Jr. Lecture Series.

Thank You 2023 Fall Forum Sponsors

Sponsorship Details

Contact Lindsey Armor 513.246.2043

About Fall Forum

“Fall Forum brings together preservationists, architects, designers and fans of Cincinnati’s built fabric for an interesting luncheon that inspires and educates us all.”
-Beth Johnson
CPA Executive Director 

Every fall, CPA hosts a nationally renowned speaker who gives a lecture on a topic of local interest. The Fall Forum has historically taken place in the Netherlands Plaza’s Hall of Mirrors, one of the grandest ballrooms in the Midwest.

Past lectures include:

  • Fall Forum 2022: Carl Elefante, Principal Emeritus with Quinn Evan, “The greenest building is…one that is already built”

  • Fall Forum 2021: Brent Leggs, National Trust for Historic Preservation African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, “Preservation as Social Justice”

  • Fall Forum 2020: Thea Tjepkema, preservationist and historian, “Muses: The Women of Music Hall” 

  • Fall Forum 2019: Gabrielle Esperdy, author and architectural historian, “Women, Architecture and the Most Modern Hotel in America”

  • Fall Forum 2018: Terry Stewart, former President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “King Records”

  • Fall Forum 2017: James Crawford, author, “Fallen Glory, The Lives and Deaths of 20 Great Buildings”

  • Fall Forum 2016: Jamie Bennett, President of Art Place America, “Art, Culture and Historic Buildings”

  • Fall Forum 2015: Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics, “The Economics of Historic Neighborhoods”

  • Fall Forum 2014: John Stubbs, “A Global View of Architectural Conservation”

  • Fall Forum 2013: Kenneth Barnett Tankersley, Ph.D. , “Cincinnati Unearthed, Victories in Preservation”