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How Food and Drink Drive Urban Planning Today

Saturday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St


Smart real estate developers have a long, symbiotic relationship with chefs and restaurateurs, but food hasn’t always been a necessary amenity. In 2014, however, launching a new building, development or even neighborhood absolutely requires a splashy culinary component, complete with cool chefs, inventive design and creative food/drink concepts. Gone are the food courts and cafeterias of the past, and in their place are hip destinations like Smorgasburg, Eataly and Gotham West Market. The new World Trade Center in NYC will feature a French food hall and concept shop; nearby, another developer will unveil an Anthony Bourdain-led Asian hawker concept. What’s driving developers and urban planners to lead new projects with a food component?


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Matthew Goodrich

Creative Dir


Goodrich has worked on many projects for AvroKo since joining the firm in 2012. AvroKo is a design and concept firm that also has a hospitality division with restaurants and bars in New York City, ...

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Richard Martin

Editorial Dir

Food Republic

Sean Brock


Husk Restaurant

Tyler Niess


Crescent Communities

Tyler Niess joined Crescent Communities as vice president and chief marketing officer in May 2012. He develops and implements marketing strategies to support all of the company’s activities.


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