Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

The Burnham Forum is held annually in conjunction with APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC.

Prosperity Playbook: Strategies for Inclusive Growth

September 18, 2016

At the 2016 Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas, speakers challenged audience members to  consider how expanding affordable housing and economic opportunity through planning leads to greater opportunity for all.

Attendees to the Burnham Forum were among the first to learn about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) new digital toolkit for local officials and planners — a toolkit that will arm cities with new ideas for creating a broad, shared prosperity in America's cities, towns, and regions.

Read more about this year's Burnham Forum

Prosperity Playbook

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Kansas City Mayor Sly James credited their city's successes in creating inclusive communities to regional collaborations.

How the Burnham Forum Came to Be

In 2012, the Emerging Trends/Future of Planning Task Force assembled to address emerging trends in the field and the future of planning. Its charge:

  • Identify top issues impacting America's communities now through the next 10 to 20 years
  • Note how planning is changing and also needs to change
  • Recommend how APA and its members can be most effective in meeting the challenges of the future
  • Solicit members, in partnership with APA staff, through in-person and online forums, to submit their "big ideas" through digital papers, illustrations, or videos
  • Review and categorize big ideas
  • Present findings

The work of the task force comes to life in the annual Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas.


Previous Events

Prosperity Playbook: Strategies for Inclusive Growth

September 18, 2016

Speakers: Harriet Tregoning, The Hon. Sly James, The Hon. Kasim Reed

Pursuing Inclusive Growth

September 27, 2015

Speakers: Emily Badger, Renée Lewis Glover, Paul Jargowsky, and Shelley Poticha

Private Capital, Public Good

September 2014

Speaker: Congressman John K. Delaney (D-Md.).

Planning Our Future

September 2013

Speakers: APA President William Anderson, FAICP; Patrick L. Phillips, Urban Land Institute; Nancy C. Somerville, American Society of Landscape Architects; Lee Brown, FAICP, AICP President.

Planning in the Fourth Dimension

April 2013

Speakers: Anna Ricklin, APA, Washington, D.C.; Greta Byrum, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Finding Your Fiscal Footing in the New Normal

February 2013

Speakers: Emil Malizia, FAICP, Institute for Economic Development at the University of North Carolina; Charles Marohn Jr., AICP, Strong Towns.

International Trends, Domestic Impacts

September 2012

Speaker: Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP, University of Pennsylvania

The Next 50: Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture

July 2012

Speakers: Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, American Planning Association; Jeffery Potter, FAIA, American Institute of Architects; Susan M. Hatchell, FASLA, American Society of Landscape Architects