2019 National Planning Conference

Urban Design 201 Session: Part 2

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT

CM | 2.25

Activity Type: Deep Dive Sessions

Activity ID: NPC189014

Location: 219

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  • How to identify practices in urban design that affect walkability, the perception of safety, and economic vitality
  • Specific urban design details for both the public and private realm and their contextual metrics for success
  • Hands-on design exercises to assess and identify opportunities for community improvement to promote walkability and vibrancy


This session is part of two separate sessions held over two consecutive days. Part lecture, part laboratory, this session will include three critical hands-on components. First, explore the timeless principles of urban design from unique perspectives. Then look at urban design through history, the long-term trends guiding the preferences towards urbanism, and the nuts-and-bolts of designing great places — from the block and the building to the curb and the patio. Finally, explore public-policy implications that promote or discourage great urban design. After the Part 1 session concludes, participants will be encouraged to visit a local neighborhood on their own and use the newfound lessons to identify examples of where urban design has hit the target and where it has missed the mark. After participants have had a chance to tour the neighborhood, attend the Part 2 session to participate in an exercise applying the urban-design techniques discussed in Part 1 session and explore and learn some quick drawing techniques. Whether you are new to design or are looking to adapt the latest techniques, this two-part session will deliver plenty of practical and thought-provoking information and skills that you can bring back to your community.

Session Speakers

David Dixon
Stantec's Urban Places
Boston, MA

Craig S. Lewis, FAICP
Stantec's Urban Places
Charlotte, NC