Urban Design for an Urban Century
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 and explore opportunities and implications in changing urban and suburban environments.
The workshop will emphasize the importance of urban design and implementation tools to help communities manage and benefit from change by answering the age-old questions – Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. Using a series of metrics, imagery, and illustrations, this workshop will also explore the very best practices of how your urban environment shapes your community and how you can take both small and large steps to improve it. Using entertaining and interactive presentations, participants will drill deep into advanced urban design techniques at multiple scales – from the block and building to the district and corridor – and focus on their efficiency and effectiveness.
Part lecture, part laboratory, the workshop will include two critical hands-on components. First, participants will participate in a walking tour of urban environments near the conference and learn how to use an assessment tool in their community to analyze the existing conditions and identify areas of improvement. Workshop participants will then participate in an exercise to apply urban design techniques to real world situations and learn some quick drawing techniques in the process. We’ll roll out the maps and apply techniques learned in the workshop to retrofitting areas that are ripe for change.
Invited SpeakerJason Beske is an urban planner and urban designer based in the Washington, DC region. He is skilled at crafting strategies and policies for urban planning initiatives, as well as design solutions for the revitalization of corridors and districts. Jason is an experienced speaker and educator in the fields of urban planning and urban design. His publication "Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places" (Island Press), with co-editor David Dixon, examines the rise of walkable urbanism in the new suburban era.
, Stantec's Urban Places
Confirmed SpeakerDavid is a Vice President at Stantec and leads Planning and Urban Design for Urban Places, an interdisciplinary practice within Stantec committed to helping communities benefit from the accelerating pace of demographic, economic, and social change. Over the past three years David has participated in planning more than $10 billion in higher density, walkable, mixed-use urban districts—in cities and suburbs alike. A recipient of more than two-dozen awards from national planning and design organizations, David received the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. for “a lifetime of … significant achievement in [creating]… livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vital downtowns ...” Residential Architecture Magazine named David as the recipient of its 2012 Hall of Fame Award “as the person we call when we have a question about cities.” He is co-author of Urban Design for an Urban Century: shaping more livable, equitable and resilient cities (Wiley, 2014) and is currently co-editing Suburban Remix: creating a new generation of urban places for Island Press (Feb. 2018).