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Downtown Pedestrian Systems
Activity Code: S549
Date: Monday, April 15
From the Chicago Pedway and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Skyway to the Houston Tunnel System and the Toronto PATH, pedestrian systems that connect public sidewalks and open spaces are helping downtowns promote activity and spur economic growth. This session compares and contrasts pedestrian systems in the downtown areas of several major North American cities to demonstrate the benefits of creating such systems.
Beth Elliott, AICP
Principal City Planner, City of Minneapolis
Phone: (612) 673-2442
Work: I am currently a Principal City Planner in the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development [CPED] for the City of Minneapolis. My main focus is to provide coordination of a wide variety of Downtown planning initiatives to maintain consistency with the city’s long-range planning policies. My work includes partnering with community and inter-agency stakeholders addressing land use issues, redevelopment, and public improvements as well as to develop small area plans for specific parts of the Downtown sector. I am a member of the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute as well as certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Education: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Master of Urban and Regional Planning, May 2002 The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, May 2000
David A. Down
Sr. Architect; Coordinator, Urban Design & Heritage, City of Calgary
Phone: (403) 268-5468
Work: David A. Down, Architect, AAA, FRAIC, LEED AP Senior Architect/Urban Designer Coordinator, Centre City Development and Heritage City of Calgary David Down is Senior Architect and Coordinator of Urban Design & Heritage with Land Use Planning and Policy at The City of Calgary. His team is responsible for design review of development applications, for providing design guidance in all areas of policy creation, for the creation of specific urban design guidelines, and for the conceptual design of City-led urban design projects. David joined The City of Calgary in 2005 as Senior Architect/Urban Designer with a mandate to advocate for higher standards of architecture, urban design, and sustainable design practices. Prior to that David was principal of his own architectural firm (Down + Livesey Architects) together with Graham Livesey. He holds a MArch degree from the University of Calgary and is LEED accredited. David is a registered member (and Past President) of the Alberta Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as Chairman of the Calgary Architectural and Urban Studies Alliance (CAUSA), regional correspondent for Canadian Architect magazine and a regular contributor to various design journals on architectural and urban issues. He is an Adjunct Professor to the University Of Calgary Faculty Of Environmental Design, where he is regularly involved in Architecture and Urban Design studios as well as lecturing on Asian architecture and garden design.
Education: EDUCATION 1988 Master of Architecture (EVDS), University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 1982 Mandarin Language Immersion, East China Normal University, Shanghai. 1982 Architectural Technology, Camosun College, Victoria, British Columbia 1978 Bachelor of Arts (Urban Geography/Art History), University of Victoria,
Publications: SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Banff Session. Fifty Years. Architecture; A book (in progress) detailing the history and influence of the Banff Session Architectural Symposium which has occurred biannually since 1956. (Release date: April 2014) Full Spectrum: The Architecture of Jeremy Sturgess (Contributor) University of Calgary Press. 2010 All Aboard! Canadian Architect, An architectural review of the Seventh Ave. LRT improvements, Calgary. April, 2006. Banff Session, 2006. Canadian Architect, A Report on the history of the biannual architectural conference. May, 2006 Green Connection; Canadian Architect, An architectural review of the Information and Communications Technology Building at the University of Calgary. January, 2002. Quirky Buildings, Avenue Magazine, An article written in praise of anomalous buildings in the city of Calgary; May 2001. In Praise of Smaller Houses; Western Living, An article written in defense of a scaled down modern lifestyle; June 2001. Unexpected Public Spaces, Avenue Magazine, An article redefining perceptions of public space in the context of the Calgary’s consumer urbanism. May, 2000. Flat Roof Phobia, Avenue Magazine, May 1999. An article advocating diversity in the design of inner city housing. Healing Circle, Canadian Architect Magazine, November, 1998. An architectural critique of Canada’s first correctional service facility exclusively for male aboriginal offenders, located near Hobbema, Alberta. Modern Love, Avenue Magazine, Calgary, May 1997. An article written in defense of Calgary’s landmarks of early modern architecture. Designing Downtown Living, Calgary Downtown Magazine, An article discussing the implications of a Design Charette organized in March 1997 by the Calgary Architecture and Urban Studies Alliance (CAUSA). New-Neo-Traditional-Sustainable-Urbanism, Update Magazine, May 1996. An article clarifying the various new approaches to the planning of residential areas which are sweeping North America. Viewpoint, Canadian Architect Magazine, October, 1995. An opinion article taking issue with the suburbanization of the inner city as evidenced by recent developments in downtown Calgary.
Past Assignments: LECTURES/TEACHING 1999 - present Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary 2005 Urban Design Studio, Sessional Instructor, Environmental Design, University of Calgary 1995 – present Studio Reviews, Architecture Program, U of C 2000 – present Japanese/Chinese Architecture and Gardens, U of C, Annual Visiting Lecturer 2002 EVDS 702, Interdisciplinary Studio, U of C, Sessional Instructor 2001 Introductory Urban Design Studio, U of C, Sessional Instructor 2005 The Art & Science of the Contemporary City, Public Lecture, Art Gallery of Calgary 2001 Reformulating Constraints, Public Lecture, Art Gallery of Calgary 2000 The Contemporary City, Structure & Projects, U of L, Visiting Lecturer
Brian J. Crimmins
Chief of Staff, City of Houston
Phone: (713) 837-7833
Work: Brian graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Before moving to Houston, he worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation on the bi-national team studying the need for additional border crossing capacity in the Detroit/Windsor region. Since joining the City of Houston Planning & Development Department in 2006, he has worked to revise “one size fits all” ordinances by developing creative solutions that recognize the uniqueness of areas without the use of zoning. His efforts include major revisions to Houston’s parking ordinance and primary land development code. As the Department’s Chief-of-Staff, he has taken a proactive approach to citizen engagement by working to remove the barriers between government and the community. In his private time, Brian is involved with BikeHouston, a non-profit organization that works to secure equitable access for bicyclists to regional facilities, lands and roads; educates members of the public and policymakers about rights and responsibilities of bicyclists; and promotes public awareness of the personal and community benefits of cycling. In addition, he has been involved in “Better Block Houston” which is a project that provides a one-day living workshop of how a “Complete Street” works by actively engaging the community, helping them to visualize better outcomes for the future, and empowering them to provide feedback in real time.
Education: Michigan State University. B.S., Urban & Regional Planning. Rice University, Environmental Analysis & Decision Making (No Degree).
Past Assignments: Houston Planning Regulations & Policy, ARCH 617 Rice University (Houston, TX) February 2013. Placemaking: Successful Strategies to Integrate Transportation and Land Use National League of Cities, Congress of Cities (Boston, MA) November 2012. Planning Horizons: Exploring the Future of Houston Planning Professional Surveyors Education Foundation, Inc. (Houston, TX) October 2012. Planning and Development in Houston, Texas Visiting Delegation from Shandong Province, China (Houston, TX) October 2012
Al Rezoski, AICP
Manager, Community Planning, City of Toronto
Phone: (416) 392-7121
Work: City of Toronto, Ontario City Planning 1999 to present City of Brampton, Ontario City Planning 1990 to 1999 City of Dunedin, Florida 1986 to 1989 City of St. Augustine, Florida 1985
Education: Masters in City and Regional Planning, Ohio State University Honours Bachelors Degree in Geography in Urban Studies/Planning, University of Windsor, Ontario
Past Assignments: Moderator Walk 21 session, Toronto, ON 2007 Speaker at the Ward Advocacy Program of the Toronto Cyclists Union training session, 2010
James N. Parakh
City of Toronto
Work: Urban Design Manager, Toronto & East York District, City of Toronto, Canada
Education: Bachelor of Architectural Science, Ryerson University Master of Architecture, University of Houston Master of Science in Urban Design, Comubia University Member of the Ontario Association of Architects
Publications: Frequently Published or Interviewed in magazines such as World Architecture, Architectural Record and Candian Architect Magazines
Other Publications: Other publications include books such as Visionary Architecture : Unbuilt works of the Imagination, Skyscrapers The New Millennium, Sky High Living, Architecture in Perspective as well as
Past Assignments: Frequently speaking at National Candian Conferences such as the Canadian Institute of Planners as well as the Ontarion Association of Architects Aslo lecture widely at Colledges and Universities including The University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
Susan M. Mea