Engaging Planning in Smart City Initiatives

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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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. 


Nader Afzalan , APA / Redlands University , Pasadena , CA (see bio)
Carissa Slotterback , AICP , University of Minnesota , Minneapolis , MN (see bio)