Sam Gennawey is an urban planner and planning historian who has always been fascinated by theme parks, amusement parks, and World’s Fair, especially the intersection between history, design, and function.
Over the past 12 years he has worked on more then 120 projects and has designed and facilitated more than 700 community workshops and design Charrettes.
Before that he spent more then 20 years as a recording and broadcasting executive. Most recently he is becoming known as a keen observer of the history and art of placemaking. He is the author of Walt and the Promise of Progress City
, a book that chronicles Walt Disney’s interest in creating functional and meaningful places and how we react to his creations. Mr. Gennawey has contributed to a number of books on the topic of themed environments and he also writes a weekly column for MiceAge.com called Samland. Mr. Gennawey is frequently invited to speak at urban planning and theme park related events.