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 is a Senior Urban Planner for the National Capital Planning Commission, the federal government's planning agency for America's capital. As a member of the Policy and Research team, Jason works on a number of federal initiatives related to parks, memorials and museums in Washington, DC and its environs. He previously worked as a Principal Urban Designer and Planner for Arlington, Virginia and as a Senior Planner for Overland Park, Kansas. Jason is Past Chair of the APA Urban Design and Preservation Division and earned a bachelors and masters degree in community and regional planning at Iowa State University's College of Design.
Confirmed SpeakerCraig Lewis is a Principal with Stantec, an international design consulting firm, and is located in their Charlotte office. At Stantec, he is a national leader with the Urban Places Group, where he helps public, private, non-profit and institutional clients realize the full range of benefits that flow from fully urban, walkable downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburban centers. For more than twenty years, he has been combining time-tested urban design and community building principles with objective data grounded in the marketplace to help communities across North America chart a path to greater livability, equity, and sustainability. He is widely regarded for his expertise in urban design, placemaking, human-scaled mobility, form-based codes, and autonomous vehicles. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A). He has been recognized as a member of the 2010 Class of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, received the 2013 Community Sustainability Award from Sustain Charlotte, and is a signatory on the Charter of the New Urbanism. In 2016 he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Dixon FAIA leads Stantec’s Urban Places Group, an interdisciplinary practice focused on creating more livable, healthy, competitive, and resilient communities. His work has focused on capturing the new opportunities rapid change offers cities and suburbs and has won national awards from the APA, AIA Congress for the New Urbanism, International Downtown Association, Society for College and University Planning, and American Society of Landscape Architects. Prior to joining Stantec, David founded and for 23 years led Goody Clancy’s planning and urban design practice, which was the third recipient of the APA’s Excellence in Planning Award to a Firm.