Creating Great Cities: An Evening with Gil Penalosa

APA California Chapter, San Diego Section


Thursday, October 8, 2015
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. PDT

San Diego, CA,

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Gil Penalosa and his 8-80 Cities organization is leading the charge to design cities for all people and all generations. Their philosophy: If we design communities to benefit our youngest and oldest residents, we all benefit. The group focuses on creating places where people can walk, bike, access public transit and visit vibrant parks and public places. Gil has worked all over the world and is an engaging, funny, and inspiring speaker. Gil’s presentation will be followed by a spirited discussion centered on San Diego’s progress in enhancing the public realm including a moderated panel of design professionals and the general public. Key Note Speaker: Gil Penalosa, Founding Principal 8-80 Cities Organization Panelists: Bill Anderson, FAICP, Principal/Vice President, AECOM, Planning & Development Jonathan Segal, FAIA, Jonathan Segal, Architecture & Development Glen Schmidt, FASLA, President, Schmidt Design Group Monique Chen, PE, Founding Principal, Chen-Ryan Associates Tina Zenzola, MPH, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Jeff Barfield, AICP, Senior Vice-President, Planning RBF, Board Member of Circulate San Diego This event is hosted by the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects. Additional sponsors include the County Department of Health and Human Services, the San Diego Department of Development Services and Women in Transportation (WTS). Planners will learn about the importance of creating a balanced transportation system that serves all age groups. This is the 8-80 cities vision. The keynote speaker brings an international perspective on this subject that challenges planners and city leaders to reexamine the typical benchmarks for success. Case examples from cities around the world will give planners greater confidence in their own efforts to bring about a safer and more walkable public realm. This is event is designed give planners and other design professionals tasked with the shaping of the public realm an opportunity to discuss their respective roles and responsibilities in bringing about the balanced transportation system and vibrant public realm embodied in the 8-80 cities vision. The objective is to breakdown the silos that make it difficult to realize the full potential our public street system. Panelists will represent the American Planning Association (APA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Traffic Engineers (ITE), County of San Diego Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Circulate San Diego. Planners will recognize that they have a unique role to play in coordinating the transformation of our street system to enhance the public realm. The array of benefits emanating from this transformation is extraordinary. They will learn that such change is possible even for cities with an auto-centric urban form like San Diego. The examples provided in the keynote address are convincing and inspirational. The following panel discussion will focus attention on progress made in the San Diego region and what still needs to be done.

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