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 D. Einsweiler, Principal, Code Studio Lee has been involved in planning, zoning and plan implementation in a variety of settings over the past 30 years. His emphasis has been on redevelopment activity in urban areas. 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 and the preparation of almost 20 form-based codes. His combination of conventional zoning know-how and new code approaches are rare in the profession, and his ability to facilitate the consideration and adoption of new zoning serves his clients well. Lee is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. Lee holds a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning/Regional Analysis from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.
, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
, 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.
, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
, Silver Spring
Confirmed SpeakerAtul is an urban planner at the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. As an urban designer, Atul has extensive experience in integrated community planning, transit oriented development, large scale sustainable master planning, mixed-use communities, neighborhood design, design guidelines and contextual architecture. During his career, Atul has worked in the United States and internationally on both architecture and urban design projects with some of the top leaders in planning, architecture and real estate development. Atul loves creating places that are sustainable and contextual and elevate the experience of everyday life for all members of the community. Atul also has a keen interest in improving the practice of design through research and exploring emerging technological trends.