Planning Centennial Symposium

1909-2109: Sustaining the Lasting Value
of American Planning

May 21, 2009
2:00–6:15 p.m.
National Building Museum • Washington, D.C.

On May 21-22, 1909, 43 planners met in Washington, D.C., at the first National Planning Conference. This event is considered to be the birth of the planning movement in America. On Thursday, May 21, 2009, the National Building Museum and the American Planning Association recognized the 100th anniversary of this 1909 conference in a symposium that looks at the past, present, and future of planning.

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The symposium, 1909-2109: Sustaining the Lasting Value of American Planning, brought together federal officials, planners, academics, and grassroots advocates who focused on the achievements of America's first 100 years of planning and designing sustainable communities. They explored today's planning challenges and presented solutions for designing the next 100 years of green communities, and ways in which citizens can effect social and environmental change in their neighborhoods, while providing real world solutions and advocacy.

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Keynote Speakers

Her Excellency Carolina Barco, Colombia's Ambassador to the United States

APA President Bruce Knight, FAICP, will introduce Ambassador Barco, who will deliver the opening keynote address. Following her remarks, APA Past President Robert Hunter, FAICP, will present Ambassador Barco with the 2009 APA President’s Award for Meritorious Service.

The Honorable Adolfo Carrión, Jr., Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs

Mr. Carrión will deliver the closing keynote address following his introduction by APA Executive Director and CEO Paul Farmer, FAICP.

Confirmed Speakers

Eugenie Birch, FAICP, Co-Director for the Penn Institute for Urban Research and Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning

Robert Fishman, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Steven McCullough, President and CEO, Bethel New Life, Inc

Chris Silver, FAICP, Dean, College of Design, Construction & Planning, University of Florida

Megan J. Cummings, AICP, Transportation Planner, Gorove/Slade Associates, Inc. 

David R. Godschalk, FAICP, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill

Moderated by Elinor Bacon, President, E.R. Bacon Development