The Future of Cities and Planning


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You'll learn about:

  • The trends of the cities of the future.
  • The use of technology in cities of the future. 
  • Transportation in an automated vehicle world.
  • Sustainable urban design in cities of the future 

This session discusses the future of cities through three main trends: the use of technology in smart city design, the increase in automated vehicles and their effect on transportation and land use, and a focus on sustainable design. The increased use of technology in building smart cities will be seen in data-enabled projects, such as installing sensors in street sweeper to track water use and update routes for efficiency. Technology will also be used to help test out innovative ideas in model cities with urban science tools. As for transportation, the rise in automated vehicle usage will change existing land use, requiring less space for sparking and right of ways allowing for infill development in those spaces. Lastly, with changing climates, there will be an increased focus on sustainable design and construction. 



About the Speakers

Tim Chaplin
Dr. Tim Chapin is Interim Dean in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Prior to stepping into the interim dean’s role, Chapin served a six-year term as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and two years as Associate Dean for Development for the college. Since joining FSU in 1999, Chapin has undertaken research on the effectiveness of Florida’s growth management system and the role of sports facilities in the promotion of urban redevelopment. He is a noted expert on land use and comprehensive planning, growth management, and urban redevelopment. Chapin’s current research interests revolve around how Florida’s demographic trends influence urban patterns and transportation systems in the state. Over his career he has secured more than $3 million in outside funding from federal, state, and local governments to support his research. Chapin also serves as the Senior Associate Editor and Review Editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association. He holds a BA in Sociology from Emory University, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.

Ira Winder
Ira does end-to-end design, development, and implementation of tangible-interactive, augmented reality decision support systems for Changing Places Group and the City Science Initiative at MIT Media Lab. Ira invented MIT CityScope, an integrated hardware and software platform that merges parametric voxel models with user-friendly tangible interfaces. He works with industry, academia, and public agencies to build executive-grade tools for solving complex spatial problems. Ira enjoys a good math problem and being able to walk wherever he needs to go. Ira's range of expertise includes Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling, City Planning, and Architectural Design. He is a Master of City Planning (MIT, 2013) and Bachelor of Science and Design (MIT, 2010). Ira has spoken and exhibited at venues including Autodesk University, TEDx Boston, US Chamber of Commerce, APA Planning Conference, Edinburgh Culture Summit, Guiyang Big Data Expo, and The G7 Conference for ICT. He made an appearance in "A Lego Brickumentary," and his work has been featured on CBS, Financial Times Magazine, The Atlantic's CityLab, and a White House report to the President on "Technology and the Future of Cities

David Rouse
David Rouse, FAICP is the Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. In this capacity he leads the Planning Advisory Service, National Centers for Planning (Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health), and special initiatives such as the Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plan Standards and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to joining APA, David was a principal at the firm Wallace Roberts & Todd in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning, design, and applied research.

Charles Graves
Charles Graves III served as Director of Planning in Cincinnati OH, Atlanta GA, Baltimore MD, and as Deputy Director for Long Range Planning in Washington, DC. Presently he is president & CEO of PLANS IT LLC in Cincinnati. He has prepared comprehensive plans in several major cities and recieved the Daniel Burnam award for comprehensive plans by the APA.