Planning with (and for) Millennials
You'll learn about:
- How to create a better understanding of the issues that exist in engaging millennials in community planning
- How to make local aspects of community planning relevant to the extremely mobile millennial generation
- New approaches to capturing the attention of younger generations
According to census data, millennials surpassed the baby boomer generation in 2010 as the largest demographic group in the country. What does this mean for planning? Are planners fully engaging millennials? If so, what are the best practices? If not, how can the profession improve its outreach and education to this increasingly important group?
This session explores the new realities, generalizations, and uncertainties of the millennial generation, and specifically addresses how this generation is affecting planning and design processes for better and for worse. Is this younger generation truly detached from the planning and design process? Or are they involved in "new" ways? The answer, as you might think, is not black and white. Come to this session ready to debate, share your experiences, and learn from the experiences of others.
, Kimley-Horn & Associates
Confirmed SpeakerNicholas Chen, AICP, IAP2 is a community planner & urban designer at Kimley-Horn & Associates with experience engaging communities as a part of a wide range of planning efforts, from design and visioning to long-term strategic planning. His work includes urban design, community visioning, economic development plans, and a number of community outreach efforts in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties, as well as on various projects across the nation. Prior to that, Nicholas worked for three years as a planner for The Galloway Group where he focused on site planning for new communities and at the San Diego Zoo where he created preliminary concepts for the newly opened Africa Rocks exhibits. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Master's in Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of California, Irvine and the current Section Director for the Orange Section of the American Planning Association.
Confirmed SpeakerKatie Poppel is a current graduate, concurrent Master's of Urban Design and Planning and Master's of Landscape Architecture student at the University of Washington. She received a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati in 2014, with a focus on urban design. Her current research interest is international, urban public space design. She is especially interested in how public space systems, informal and formal, are established, planned, and designed with different geographical and cultural contexts. Professionally, Katie has worked with Schulze+Grassov (Copenhagen), Lake2Bay (in Seattle,) the City of Chicago, Department of Buildings; Congress for the New Urbanism; Town of Buena Vista, Colorado, Global Site Plans, and The Jerde Partnership. Katie has been funded for research related to her thesis topic, multifunctionality, and green infrastructure in Copenhagen and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm She has also volunteered for the American Planning Association, having served as the national Student Representative Chair along with other volunteer positions at the local, university, state, and national levels. Katie is known to choose a plane to another country over a classroom leading her to Tokyo, Rome, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. She is currently employed by EDSA.
, IndyGo (Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation)
Confirmed SpeakerEllen Forthofer is an Indianapolis based planner who works within the Public Affairs Department at IndyGo (Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation). As the Communications and Outreach Coordinator, she supports public invovlement and engagement efforts and creates innovative policies and partnerships that improve equity and transparency within the organization. She graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development, and in 2016 with a Master of Urban Design. Ellen has held various roles in APA national leadership for the past 4 years, including Student Representatives Council (SRC) Region IV Representative (2014 - 2016), SRC Chair & APA Board Director (2016 - 2018), & SRC Past Chair (2018 - present).
, Domi Station