Urban Design for an Urban Century

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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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.


Jason Beske , AICP , Reston , VA (see bio)
Craig Lewis , FAICP , Stantec's Urban Places , Charlotte , NC
David Dixon , Stantec , Boston , MA (see bio)