Big City Planning Directors on Innovation Districts for Economic Development
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Big city planners tackle one of the most challenging issues facing cities: Hear how larger cities take on this issue and succeed. Innovation districts as an economic development strategy were one of the topics discussed at the October 2015 Big City Planning Directors Institute in Cambridge. Learn about successes and challenges in planning for innovation districts from the experiences of planners in St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbus, Ohio. This session is presented by the partnership of the American Planning Association, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Confirmed SpeakerArmando Carbonell, FAICP FAcSS Hon MRTPI has chaired the urban planning program at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA since 1999. After attending Clark University and the Johns Hopkins University, Carbonell spent the early part of his career as an academic geographer. He went on to initiate a new planning system for Cape Cod, MA as the founding Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission. In 1992 he was awarded a Loeb fellowship in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Carbonell later taught urban planning at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania and served as an editor of the British journal Town Planning Review. He has consulted on master plans in Houston, Texas and Fujian Province, China and is the author and editor of numerous works on city and regional planning and planning for climate change, including the recent book, Nature and Cities: the Ecological Imperative in Urban Design and Planning.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Rouse, AICP has over 30 years of private, public, and nonprofit sector experience in community planning, design, and implementation. As APA’s Research Director, he oversees the Planning Advisory Service and the three National Centers for Planning (Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health). Prior to joining APA David was a principal of WRT, a nationally recognized planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture consulting firm. His projects, many of which received awards for excellence from APA or other organizations, included comprehensive plans for cities, counties, and regions; parks, open space, and green infrastructure plans; transportation, economic development, and urban design plans; and zoning and development standards and ordinances.
, City of St. Louis
, St. Louis
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Roe is currently the Director of Planning and Urban Design for the City of St. Louis’ Planning and Urban Design Agency, having held senior management positions in the agency since its inception in 1999. A small planning staff undertakes urban design and planning projects at both a district and city level. The agency, via the Cultural Resource Office, conducts design and demolition review in Historic Districts. The City’s Geographic Information System is maintained by the agency. The department also provides data and research via both the direct production by staff of research reports based on data and best practices and by maintaining various web based databases. As a private consultant with both for profit and non-profit organizations, Mr. Roe has worked on a variety of planning issues both in older Midwestern inner cities and rapid growth communities of the Western United States. Earlier in his career he was with a consulting firm engaged in planning projects in small New England communities. He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.