Downtown Durham Inc

Downtown Durham, Inc. Speaker Series Event – Sep. 25: Inclusive by Design

Durham, N.C. – Downtown Durham, Inc. will host Inclusive by Design, the second event in its three-part speaker series, on Tuesday, September 25 from 4-6 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. The discussion will highlight cities across North America that are using design to create culturally inclusive spaces that mend rifts and honor legacies.

Zena Howard, FAIA, Principal and Managing Director at Perkins+Will, will share projects of various scales that are helping to remember lost history and restore cultural connections. These places become catalysts for urban rebirth that lends character, authenticity and cultural identity to new development. The ultimate goal is increased inclusivity and more holistic, effective approaches to rethinking urban assets and opportunities.

The discussion will take place from 4-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Following the presentation, participants are invited to attend a networking reception from 5-6 p.m. Tickets to the reception are $35 and are available at or at the event.

The Downtown Durham, Inc. Speaker Series hosts industry experts who discuss innovative ideas that catalyze conversation and explore forward thinking concepts for downtown Durham. The third and final event in the series will take place on October 17, and will focus on missing middle housing – a transformative concept that highlights the need for diverse, affordable housing choices in sustainable, walkable places. For more information about the speaker series, visit

For 25 years, Downtown Durham, Inc. has been the economic development engine for downtown Durham, NC. With more than $1.7 billion in investment since 2000, downtown Durham is home to more than 60 retail stores, 100 restaurants and bars, and 1,700 residential units – all in an area just under one square mile. As the entity responsible for the business improvement district, DDI provides resources to keep downtown Durham clean and safe, and to attract visitors and residents to downtown businesses, venues and events. For more information, visit

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