April 8, 2013
2013 Conference Keynote Speakers
CHICAGO — Join us for the several 2013 APA National Planning Conference keynote speakers as they encourage conference attendees to think broadly about the reach and impact of planning in daily life.
Opening Keynote: Inventing the Next American Economy
Sunday, April 14, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Xavier de Souza Briggs
Economic health is on the top of the agenda for American communities. Xavier de Souza Briggs, MIT School of Architecture and Planning , was the former associate director of the Office of Management and Budget. His keynote address, "Inventing the Next American Economy: Why Planning Matters and Where Pitfalls Lie," addresses the role of planning. He will be joined by Congressman Earl Blumenauer. APA President Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, provides concluding remarks.
Sunday, April 14, 9:45 – 11 a.m.
Elected officials and community advocates discuss ways they have built leadership capacity in minority communities. Opening remarks will be provided by APA President Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, and William Anderson, FAICP. Speakers include Angela D. Brooks, AICP, Chicago Housing Authority; Albert Riley, AICP, Illinois General Assembly, Olympia Fields (invited); Sol Flores, La Casa Norte, Chicago; Former Alderwoman Shirley Newsome; and Herman Brewer, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development.
Sunday, April 14, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
From sharing big ideas to partnering on advocacy, the design profession associations have built a unique relationship. Hear from Mark A. Focht, FASLA, president elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Jeffery Potter, FAIA, past president of the American Institute of Architects; and Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, president of the American Planning Association; as they discuss the current state of the professions and how they are responding to current challenges.
The Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Planning in the Fourth Dimension
Sunday, April 14, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
How does technology affect time and space? How do we plan for an information-rich future? Greta Byrum of the Open Technology Institute explores the roles that information and information technology play in building community, both near (local) and far (continental and intercontinental).
Policy Plenary: Growing Vital Communities
Monday, April 15, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
The Hon. Mick Cornett, mayor of Oklahoma City and a trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, joins APA President Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, in a discussion of vital communities. Cornet has focused on a strong economy, growing population, improving schools, and bringing an inclusive vision. Silver demonstrates the critical leadership role of planning.
Law and Transportation Plenary: Local Landscape in the MAP-21 Era
Monday, April 15, 9 – 10:15 a.m.
What does the new federal transportation law mean for local communities and planners? MAP-21 changes the landscape for local transportation. Hear about the future for transportation projects and future policy from Jason Jordan of APA; Gabe Klein, Chicago Department of Transportation; and Adie Tomer, Brookings Institution (invited).
Water Symposium Plenary: The Great Lakes Century
Monday, April 15, 9 – 10:15 a.m.
Hear how an international coalition is guiding the future of this global water resource. Gain perspectives from Philip Enquist, Skidmore Owings Merrill, Gail Krantzberg and Matthew Mendelsohn, Canada, and Geoffrey Baer, WTTW Public TV; and David A. Ullrich, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.
Federal Agency Plenary: Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Tuesday, April 16, 9 – 10:15 a.m.
This keynote will explore the unique partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Find out how these departments are ushering in a new era of planning. Speakers include: Antonio Riley, U.S. HUD regional administrator; Bharat Mathur, U.S. EPA deputy regional administrator; and Marisol Simon, Federal Transit Authority regional administrator.
International Perspectives on Planning
Tuesday, April 16, 9-10:15 a.m.
A discussion on the current state of planning across the globe and insights into work of each professional association. APA CEO Paul Farmer, FAICP, moderates. Speakers include: Dyan I. Currie, president of the Planning Institute of Australia; Peter Geraghty, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Andrea Gabor, president of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, president of APA.
Closing Keynote: Holding Fast to Home: Fiction to Inspire Planners of All Ages
Wednesday, April 17, noon – 1 p.m.
There is a consequence to the current lack of adequate affordable housing, one that no one is talking about: its effect on kids. Bestselling author Blue Balliett's new mystery, Hold Fast, follows the nightmarish fall of one family from independent housing to life in a Chicago shelter.