Driving Urban Design in Transportation Infrastructure
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Understand the opportunities and challenges that arise integrating urban design into the engineering design process for street and highway infrastructure
Learn the strengths of visualization technology and how it can be used to communicate complex engineering designs to the public
Demonstrate how urban design concepts and visualization technology can be used to influence highway engineering design decisions both engineering and urban design
Since the passage of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), planners have been engaged in the highway design process to evaluate the potential environmental, social, and economic impacts of highway design and construction. The task allocated to planners has largely been in the realms of impact analysis and public outreach. Rarely, if ever, do planners get involved in the actual design of the project. Many transportation projects jump straight to the engineering, without ever going through a planning process to identify community design, access, or aesthetic concerns. The role of the Urban Designer has never been more important in the context of transportation infrastructure projects. The growth of multi-modal complete streets, context sensitive design, and public realm improvements has created a need for Urban Designers to be formally involved throughout the design process. The notion that they are only needed to help produce pretty pictures is becoming a thing of the past. Sophisticated clients and DOTs understand that they can create long lasting value in well-designed infrastructure. The design process will be discussed from the point-of-view of three typical project team members – an Engineer, a Planner, and an Urban Designer.
Confirmed SpeakerProject Manager responsible for the oversight of surface transportation infrastructure projects.
Confirmed SpeakerMarian Hull AICP/PP leads the land use planning practice for the Philadelphia office of AECOM, a multi-national planning, design and environmental consulting firm. She is a city planner and community outreach specialist with more than 25 years of experience in projects ranging from small neighborhood plans to regional planning and infrastructure initiatives. For the last several years, Marian has been the Planning and Outreach Manager for the I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange Project in Philadelphia, PA. She is recognized for her comprehensive and innovative approach to public involvement and understands the critical role of community and stakeholder involvement in creating sustainable solutions.
Confirmed SpeakerDouglas Robbins, AICP, PP is trained as a city planner and an architect, giving him an understanding of how the different scales of planning can work together to create truly great places. Mr. Robbins lead’s the AECOM Philadelphia office urban design and visualization practices. His renderings are a critical communication tool in the office’s community engagement practice. Mr. Robbins’ other planning skills include economic development, land use management, transportation planning, community participation, and downtown master planning. Mr. Robbins serves on the Board of Directors for Scenic Philadelphia, a non-profit that is devoted to protecting the visual environment and quality of life in Philadelphia, has taught graduate-level courses at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and mentors Penn Graduate Students through a program organized by the American Planning Association’s Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter.