NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Increasingly, design guidelines are being employed to regulate and implement development. Yet often these guidelines are too vague to be meaningful or too prescriptive to remain relevant over the long term. Explore how to craft design guidelines to shape development that advances community goals and aspirations for livability, public life, and sustainability.
Abandoned, underutilized spaces—products of urban post-industrialism and rapidly evolving technologies—provide fertile ground for innovative designs and planning. Learn how radical approaches to reinventing infrastructure can help you address increasing urban density proactively and successfully.
"Solutions" associated with redeveloping commercial corridors haven’t changed in 30 years. Learn about practical and defensible market- driven strategies that you can use to avoid common pitfalls in redeveloping commercial strip corridors.
The New York City Housing Authority—the oldest in the United States—is reinventing itself. Its 10-year strategy focuses on improving operations, management, sustainability, financing, energy and water efficiency, and resident initiatives, as well as expanding affordable housing. Learn how experts are working to ensure the survival of public housing in New York and elsewhere.
Explore the process of incorporating urban design and place making into transportation infrastructure projects, large and small. Discover how to harness technology, communicate a design to stakeholders, and ultimately contribute to the final design of transportation protects.
In 2005, NYC rezoned the west side of Manhattan to accommodate a city the size of Downtown Boston. Now designed as the first post-digital community in the nation, Hudson Yards is harnessing the power of data in order to create a community embedded within the creative economy central to today’s American cities. Learn how New York City built an entire neighborhood from scratch.
This interactive session with audience/attendee real-time input that will be integrated with curriculum, describes the latest best practices in parking management, sustainable green design and the coincident role of next gen mobility technology and services has in achieving sustainability and travel benefits in cities and regions.
With rapidly changing demographics, economic trends, and development velocity, the timeless techniques of great urban design are needed now more than ever. Through the use of lively presentations, hands-on exercises and walking tours, this workshop will explore a variety of topics designed to dig deeper into the role of urban design in the future of our communities.
Explore new data on energy use in every U.S. city, see a real time analysis of an audience member city’s energy planning options, and learn from cities with award-winning strategies to integrate energy data in decision making and planning.
Suburban office markets in the US are under performing, due to a combination of shifting workplace needs and preferences, and an increasing functional obsolescence on the part of the building stock, building amenities and overall land use patterns and design. Review the broad changes in the office workplace nationally, and the trials and tribulations of the re-purposing process in New Jersey.
Key players in diverse municipalities—San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston—speak to challenges and opportunities afforded by expanding inclusionary housing through density bonus incentives. Listen in as they consider differences between state and city laws and how to address regional specificity.
The promise of ecological design and planning in cities everywhere has never been greater. Four contributors to "Nature and Cities" share the monumental work being done today in the ecologically informed and inspired planning and design of cities and metropolitan regions.
Transforming waterfronts to adapt to climate impacts can be addressed using rating and certification programs such as WEDG, SITES® and Green Shores for Homes™. Discover how to design and implement these programs in your community and for your waterfront projects.
Explore how accessory dwelling unit (ADU) programs have increased in popularity in cities as well as with property owners in the San Francisco Bay Area and California in general. Learn what opportunities ADUs offer, and how local laws provide flexibility to encourage more ADUs.
Development density has become an instrumental factor in shaping more livable, transit-supportive, sustainable communities. However, not all density is created equal. Learn specific design tools and strategies to achieve dense development that advances community goals and aspirations.
Explore unique challenges and opportunities to manage flood risk in retail corridors and industrial areas. This session draws on extensive case studies conducted by the New York City Department of City Planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
As renewed interest in waterfronts spurs new residential and commercial growth, how do the waterfront parks, walkways, bikeways, and plazas get created? Explore how cities are using zoning and creating new partnerships to plan and finance new waterfront public spaces to reconnect their communities with the water’s edge.
A planner, an architect, and an economist discuss the value of design in planning, especially within an interdisciplinary world. This moderated session will allow audience members to participate through live polling and interactive questions.
Since its creation in 1981, this small town, built on old ideas, has attracted a diverse mix of people—the general public, architects, planners, developers, and investors. Today, more than a million visitors come to Seaside annually, which is a testament to the power of place-making and urban design. Explore Seaside—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Robert Davis | Dhiru Thadani
Good planning can support health. Can it also invigorate civic life? As communities nationwide face declining civic engagement levels, this session introduces “Assembly,” a pioneering movement that leverages evidence-based design and planning strategies to enhance civic life.
Tiny houses are all the rage among Millennials and affordable housing advocates. But theses homes raise big legal questions about where and how they can and should be installed and what kind of infrastructure they need. Learn how zoning and subdivision regulations, building codes, and restrictive covenants affect tiny homes.
Urban centers are experiencing a renaissance. Explore the changing preferences that are driving jobs away from suburban auto-oriented business parks to mixed-use “urban” centers—and how “sub-urbanism” (or the urbanization of suburbs) can change the competitive position of the suburbs. Learn how to establish a new urban structure that works in a suburban setting.
Planners are playing an increasingly important role in the development of sustainable places and smart cities. Gain a better understanding of the implications of new technology such as ride sharing, smart utilities, and net-zero design on our built environment.
How can design address the many challenges that cities face? Planners and designers from New York, San Francisco, and Seattle will share the latest efforts in their cities to promote design thinking while engaging larger issues of equity and sustainability.
Distinguished leaders from APA, ASLA, and AIA discuss the challenges for women in the future of our allied professions. What will it take to close the pay gap? How have our cities begun to reflect the shift toward women in decision-making roles?
Put P3s to work for your community! Four experts from diverse backgrounds explore how to create public-private partnerships that preserve housing and stimulate neighborhood revitalization.
Discover innovative approaches to incorporating community input, addressing affordability and gentrification, and strengthening the local/minority-owned business economy within the context of world class design and Detroit's famous architectural legacy.
Hurricane Sandy underscored the region's need to advance coastal resiliency planning which is magnified by the potential threat of more frequent and intensive coastal storm events. Explore the six award winning design approaches, created as a result of HUD's Rebuild by Design competition.
Together the public and private sectors—aided by robust local and state housing policies—have creatively tackled the need for more affordable housing in small and large communities alike. Learn more about these appealing and attainable communities, featured in a new publication from the National Association of Home Builders.
What does it take to move an NBA franchise to a new home? A lot of planning! The Barclays Center planning and design team overcame a number of challenges during the planning process and now the arena stands as a invaluable resource for Brooklyn and the larger New York City region.
Kansas City established the Midtown TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District to support a commercial development and pair it with a fund to rehabilitate single and multifamily housing in the surrounding historic Hyde Park neighborhood and Armour Boulevard.
The Stonewall National Monument in New York City was designated as an historic and notable American symbol for LGBTQ equality in June 2016. This session discusses the history and issues with this designation process and its relevance to other sites and communities across the U.S.