Engaging Planning in Smart City Initiatives
You'll learn about:
- Planners’ emerging role and contributions to advancing smart city initiatives
- Key planning knowledge, skills, and values that can help enhance smart city initiatives
- Core planning activities—stakeholder engagement, visioning, and scenario making—for integration with smart city initiatives
- How to address problems and challenges by incorporating smart city strategies in urban planning practice
Discover how the issue of smart cities intersects with the work of urban planners in a variety of settings. This session will highlight the results of a recent APA survey of AICP members regarding their perceptions of, roles in, and engagement with smart cities efforts.
Explore barriers and opportunities as they relate to the perception, intention, and readiness of planners and planning organizations to engage with smart cities. Discover ways to integrate core values of planning—including equity and community well-being—into smart city initiatives. And examine how smart cities intersect with core planning activities such as stakeholder engagement, budgeting, visioning, data collection and analysis, modeling and scenario making, and plan making and implementation.
Confirmed SpeakerNader is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geo-Design at the University of Redlands and the Chair of the American Planning Association-Technology Division. As a Visiting Assistant Professor, Nader is collaborating with ESRI on developing a Master of Geo-Design program at the University of Redlands. His responsibilities in this position include researching Geo-design policies and techniques, developing the program's curriculum, piloting and teaching Geo-design studio courses, and mentoring students. With more than fifteen years of experience in urban planning and design, Nader's research and professional work focuses on ways in which cities can and should function smarter using new technologies and data sources. As a researcher, technologist, and an entrepreneur, Nader guides planning organizations, universities, and technology companies on designing creative solutions to handle urban and regional planning issues, using Web-based planning and design tools, GIS, and social media more effectively. Nader has received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver. He also holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Urban Planning from the University of Tehran. Prior to beginning his PhD studies at the University of Colorado, Nader worked on various projects that focused on socio-economic revitalization of downtown areas, redevelopment of historical towns, and ecological planning, as a project director, urban planner, and designer for seven years. Nader's collaborative planning approaches in land-use and environmental planning have been presented and published in the U.S. and internationally in the Middle East and Europe.
, University of Minnesota
Confirmed SpeakerCarissa Slotterback is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She teaches courses in environmental planning, public engagement, and sustainability planning. Her research is focused on stakeholder involvement and decision-making related to environmental, land use, and transportation planning. She has a particular interest in how stakeholders perceive impacts and use information in making decisions, focusing on impact assessment, collaborative decision-making, and sustainability planning approaches. Engagement and cross-disciplinary collaboration is central to Carissa's teaching and research. She has led numerous engagement initiatives including with the University of Minnesota's Resilient Communities Project and in the Office of the Vice President for Research. Carissa is currently the elected Secretary of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Carissa has a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Clemson University. She has previous professional planning experience in the public and private sectors and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.