Zoning Cities: Toward a Simpler Future
You'll learn about:
Shortcomings of existing zoning tools in addressing complex urban and largely built-out environments
Cutting-edge zoning practices in the United States and internationally
Tools that can test and simulate outcomes of new zoning codes with a particular emphasis on changing zoning regulations in largely built-out contexts
Zoning codes today address increasingly complex urban environments and built-out neighborhoods. All too often, existing toolsets are built around suburban and auto-oriented contexts. In an effort to address the challenges of urban environments, new tools are invented and added on. This has led to convoluted codes that are hard to follow, easy to challenge, and (more often than not) only provide marginal results.
During this session, an interdisciplinary and international panel of architects and code writers, as well as a digital city modeler, make the case for a simpler approach to zoning. They ask if we’re using the right tools to most effectively regulate building cities, and pose the all-important question: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Joining real-world experience and extensive computer-modeling and simulation expertise, they argue that to be more effective, zoning may need to regulate less and regulate things that haven’t before been regulated.
View case studies from across the country and discuss theoretical studies that get to the heart of how our cities are shaped. Then debate alternative, simpler, and possibly more effective approaches to implementing planning in zoning codes.
, Code Studio
Confirmed SpeakerLee is a principal and founder of Code Studio, a planning consulting firm focused on the preparation of zoning and form-based codes. He has been involved in planning, zoning and plan implementation in a variety of settings over the past 30 years. His main emphasis has been on redevelopment activity in urban areas, continuing with his recent work in Los Angeles, Raleigh and Chattanooga. Lee sharpened his skills in the preparation of zoning and subdivision regulations across the country, and has been personally responsible for over 50 code projects, including the complete revision and adoption of over 30 codes. His combination of conventional zoning know-how and new form-based code approaches are rare in the profession, and his ability to facilitate the consideration and adoption of new zoning serves his clients well. Lee has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas and as the policy chair of the Central Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). Lee is a frequent speaker at state and national planning conferences on the issues of zoning and form-based codes.
, Los Angeles
Confirmed SpeakerMartin Leitner is an architect who cares deeply about how we live, in our homes and in our communities. He has a track record of re-imagining auto-oriented development and designing human-scaled neighborhoods with a sense of place and history. His portfolio spans a spectrum of project types and scales spanning from individual buildings to public streets and from large master plans to community development guidelines. Since making Los Angeles his home, Martin has been involved in innovative design projects for public and private clients nationally and internationally. He has led large, complex assignments such as a master plan for a new downtown on a former mall site in Westminster, Colorado, and urban design guidelines for Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood Boulevard District. In his work, Martin believes that community involvement enriches the design process and leads to better outcomes. Martin Leitner is a practice leader and senior associate at Perkins+Will. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects where he chairs the Urban Design Committee of the Los Angeles Chapter. He is licensed as an architect in California. Martin holds a master’s degree in architecture from Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany. He studied Economics at University College London.
Confirmed SpeakerPascal Mueller is the Director of the Esri R&D Center Zurich, where novel tools for urban design are developed. Its predecessor, the start-up company Procedural, was co-founded by Pascal in 2007 and successfully sold to Esri in 2011. Previously, in his PhD at ETH Zurich, he pioneered novel methods for the procedural generation of cities and buildings which are now the core of Esri's urban planning software CityEngine and part of the 3D GIS solution ArcGIS Pro. Pascal has published more than 50 scientific papers including SIGGRAPH and has held numerous invited talks at conferences, universities and companies all over the world. His body of artistic work includes short movies, over 50 live visuals performances, and interactive museum installations including Ars Electronica.
, Montgomery County Planning Department
, Silver Spring
Confirmed SpeakerAtul believes that design is an act of shaping the future. Good designers therefore must investigate imminent change. Currently working as an urban planner and designer with the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Atul has extensive experience in community planning, neighborhood design, large scale sustainable master planning, mixed-use communities, transit oriented development, design guidelines and contextual architecture. Atul’s clients include planning departments, non profits, community organizations, economic development agencies as well as private developers across the country. His entire portfolio across the public and private sectors has been developed through an interactive design process, working with communities and stakeholders on the ground. Atul has worked in the United States and internationally on both planning and urban design projects with some of the top leaders in planning, architecture and real estate development. Every firm that Atul has worked for has a demonstrated a strong commitment to delivering social justice through architecture and planning. Atul is passionate about creating places that are sustainable and contextual and elevate the experience of everyday life for all members of the community. His international upbringing, education and work experience have naturally made Atul curious about how people live and what aspirations different cultures hold dear in a time of intense globalization and technological change. He uses his design abilities to explore these issues with the people he is designing for. Atul has lectured nationally, including talks at the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Planning Association's national conference. He is a visiting critic at Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame. He is a co-founder of Street-Sense.org, a web based publishing platform for sharing ideas about planning and architecture. He also has a keen interest in improving the practice of planning and design through research, prototyping and exploring emerging media trends.