Join APA in Chicago and Washington for our free after-work lecture series, Tuesdays at APA.
Hear practicing planners, researchers, and professionals from allied fields discuss innovative ideas or present their latest projects. The events are free and open to APA members and nonmembers. If you can't join us in person, check out the podcast. Podcasts of most programs are posted on the event archive page approximately one week after the live event.
A Factory in Every Home?
New Manufacturing Technologies and Metropolitan Spatial Development
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 • 5:30 p.m. CT
Emerging manufacturing technologies, such as 3-D printing, promise to revolutionize the way things are made. Will they also revolutionize the spatial pattern of metropolitan development? Could these technologies lead to a radical decentralization of manufacturing through the proliferation of artisan-type shops within the next decade?
In this program, Howard Wial, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, will use concepts from economic geography to assess the ways in which emerging manufacturing technologies are and aren't likely to reshape the physical form of U.S. metropolitan areas and the location of manufacturers within them. He will discuss how these technologies have the potential to create new opportunities for small and medium-sized manufacturers and the most likely locations for new manufacturers. Finally, Wial will highlight some of the freight transportation and workforce development issues related to increased adoption of emerging manufacturing technologies.
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The Community Streets Program in Hounslow, London: A Community-Led Approach to Street Design
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 • 5:30 p.m. ET
Hounslow Council's Community Streets program is funded by Transport for London and was launched in 2009. Modelled on a successful national pilot by the non-profit Sustrans, it brings together urban designers, traffic engineers, and engagement officers to work in collaboration with local communities, developing innovative measures to improve the streetscape. Objectives may include reducing traffic speeds, promoting sustainable travel, increasing the amount of space available for play, and creating a more livable and sociable environment. Having approved eight projects over the last four years, two of which have been completed, council officers are currently considering how the lessons learned so far can be applied to future Community Streets projects and to other transport programs.
Gareth James will present an overview of Hounslow's Community Streets program, including case studies of two of the projects it has funded: Oriel Academy (an elementary school), and the residential neighborhood around Wigley Road in Feltham.
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