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Published on Sep 14, 2015
Memphis, Tennessee, like a number of mid-sized American cities, is experiencing a renaissance. But what does that word really mean?
Despite popular perception, it has little to do with growth or innovation. It's about recognizing the value of what's already present and reclaiming it for a new purpose. Dig deeper with Dr. Todd Richardson, professor of Renaissance art history and co-leader of Crosstown Concourse, the renovation of a historic, 1.5 million square foot former Sears Distribution Center in Midtown Memphis.
Dr. Todd Richardson is Co-Leader of Crosstown Concourse. Since 2010, he has helped to lead the effort to transform the historic, 1.5 million-square-foot Sears Crosstown building into a vertical urban village anchored in arts, education and healthcare. Due to open in 2017, the project recently received an Innovation Award from Memphis Business Journal and the 2015 John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award. An art historian by training, Richardson is an associate professor of European Renaissance Art at the University of Memphis and co-founder of Crosstown Arts. He has lectured and published internationally on topics ranging from art and architecture to religion and politics.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx