Scenario Analysis for Urban Planners

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 2:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
CM | 2.50
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You'll learn about:

  • How scenario planning can acknowledge the inherent uncertainty of the future

  • How scenario planning elucidates actions that perform well over a range of possible futures

  • Technology used in scenario planning

  • Case studies that incorporated a wide range of voices

Planners help communities envision their desired future and design plans, policies, programs, and projects to help transform those visions into reality. What are the most productive ways to get people to think of the future in order to inform present action? How might scenario planning acknowledge the inherent uncertainty about the future and help pick actions that perform well over a range of possible futures? How is computer technology helping to assess and visualize possible outcomes? How is technology helping to engage a wide variety of voices in these processes? What places and projects have put this all together to create exemplary comprehensive and strategic plans for the future? This session considers these questions—and more. 


Amy Cotter , Cambridge , MA
Arnab Chakraborty , AICP , Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , Champaign , IL (see bio)
Kenneth Snyder , PlaceMatters , Denver , CO (see bio)
Janae Futrell , AICP , Civic Sphere , Atlanta , GA (see bio)