You'll learn about:
Shortcomings of existing zoning tools in addressing complex urban and largely built-out environments
Cutting-edge zoning practices in the United States and internationally
Tools that can test and simulate outcomes of new zoning codes with a particular emphasis on changing zoning regulations in largely built-out contexts
Zoning codes today address increasingly complex urban environments and built-out neighborhoods. All too often, existing toolsets are built around suburban and auto-oriented contexts. In an effort to address the challenges of urban environments, new tools are invented and added on. This has led to convoluted codes that are hard to follow, easy to challenge, and (more often than not) only provide marginal results.
During this session, an interdisciplinary and international panel of architects and code writers, as well as a digital city modeler, make the case for a simpler approach to zoning. They ask if we’re using the right tools to most effectively regulate building cities, and pose the all-important question: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Joining real-world experience and extensive computer-modeling and simulation expertise, they argue that to be more effective, zoning may need to regulate less and regulate things that haven’t before been regulated.
View case studies from across the country and discuss theoretical studies that get to the heart of how our cities are shaped. Then debate alternative, simpler, and possibly more effective approaches to implementing planning in zoning codes.
About the Speakers
Lee has been involved in planning, zoning and plan implementation in a variety of settings over the past 30 years. His emphasis has been on redevelopment activity in urban areas, beginning in south Florida in the 80’s, and continuing with his recent work in Los Angeles, Denver and Fort Worth. Lee sharpened his skills in the preparation of zoning regulations across the country, and has been personally responsible for over 50 code projects, including the complete revision and adoption of over 30 codes and the preparation of almost 20 form-based codes. His combination of conventional zoning know-how and new code approaches are rare in the profession and his ability to facilitate the consideration and adoption of new zoning serves his clients well. Lee has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas, teaching smart growth tools at the graduate level. He is a former board member of the Central Texas chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). Lee is a frequent conference speaker on zoning, including a recent two-week speaking tour in Australia and form-based codes and the charrette process.
Martin Leitner is an architect with a track-record of re-imagining auto-oriented development, facilitating community-based design, and designing human-scale neighbor¬hoods with a sense of place and history. Working at the intersection of architecture and the city, he has taken a leadership role in innovating approaches to shaping urban development for both public and private clients. In his work, Martin emphasizes the role of design in shaping our physical environments, a viewpoint he has brought to numerous planning and specifically zoning projects. Martin has been involved in high-profile project that including the ongoing comprehensive update of Los Angeles’ zoning code (re:code LA) and the development urban design guidelines for Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood Boulevard District. Martin also led the development of Westminster, Colorado’s first specific plan, a document that will guide the transformation of a suburban mall into a walkable downtown. Martin Leitner is a senior associate at Torti Gallas and Partners. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects where he chairs the Urban Design Committee of the Los Angeles Chapter
Dr. Pascal Mueller
Pascal Mueller is the Director of the ESRI R&D Center Zurich, where novel tools for urban design are developed. Its predecessor, the start-up company Procedural, was co-founded by Pascal in 2007 and successfully sold to ESRI in 2011. Previously, in his PhD at ETH Zurich, he pioneered novel methods for the procedural generation of cities and buildings which are now the core of ESRI's urban planning software CityEngine and part of the 3D GIS solution ArcGIS Pro. Pascal has published more than 50 scientific papers including SIGGRAPH and has held numerous invited talks at conferences, universities and companies all over the world. His body of artistic work includes short movies, over 50 live visuals performances, and interactive museum installations including Ars Electronica.
Atul believes that design is an act of shaping the future. Good designers therefore must investigate imminent change. Currently working as an urban planner and designer with the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Atul has extensive experience in community planning, neighborhood design, large scale sustainable master planning, mixed-use communities, transit oriented development, design guidelines and contextual architecture. Atul’s clients include planning departments, non profits, community organizations, economic development agencies as well as private developers across the country. His entire portfolio across the public and private sectors has been developed through an interactive design process, working with communities and stakeholders on the ground. Atul has worked in the United States and internationally on both planning and urban design projects with some of the top leaders in planning, architecture and real estate development. Every firm that Atul has worked for has a demonstrated a strong commitment to delivering social justice through architecture and planning. Atul is passionate about creating places that are sustainable and contextual and elevate the experience of everyday life for all members of the community. His international upbringing, education and work experience have naturally made Atul curious about how people live and what aspirations different cultures hold dear in a time of intense globalization and technological change. He uses his design abilities to explore these issues with the people he is designing for. Atul has lectured nationally, including talks at the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Planning Association's national conference. He is a visiting critic at Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame. He is a co-founder of Street-Sense.org, a web based publishing platform for sharing ideas about planning and architecture. He also has a keen interest in improving the practice of planning and design through research, prototyping and exploring emerging media trends.