NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Density is the essence of cities. Every new technology affects the value of density, making it either more or less valuable -- and making urban life either more or less attractive as a result. From ride-sharing to computer vision to autonomous vehicles, it is clear that digital technology will transform cities. But will 21st century technology make cities more attractive, or less?
Increasingly, design guidelines are being employed to regulate and implement development. Yet often these guidelines are too vague to be meaningful or too prescriptive to remain relevant over the long term. Explore how to craft design guidelines to shape development that advances community goals and aspirations for livability, public life, and sustainability.
The dense urbanism of New York or the New Urbanist approach usually associated with traditional small towns—what are the pros and cons of each? Listen in as experts engage in a (mock) debate between these two approaches to planning and urban design.
Visit Radburn—where every generation of planners since 1928 has been inspired to create neighborhoods out of neighbors and separate automobiles from pedestrians—and learn about a vision crafted by local officials to improve the pedestrian environment near its train station and commercial area.
In this 'doctor is in' type session, planners working in diverse communities can get advice from their peers. Topics available for discussion include affordable housing, arts and culture, economic development, gentrification, public health, public transportation and zoning.
Explore the process of incorporating urban design and place making into transportation infrastructure projects, large and small. Discover how to harness technology, communicate a design to stakeholders, and ultimately contribute to the final design of transportation protects.
With rapidly changing demographics, economic trends, and development velocity, the timeless techniques of great urban design are needed now more than ever. Through the use of lively presentations, hands-on exercises and walking tours, this workshop will explore a variety of topics designed to dig deeper into the role of urban design in the future of our communities.
Tour Forest Hills Gardens, a historic garden community in Queens, and view plans for the QueensWay, a proposed 3.5-mile linear park on an abandoned rail line that will provide much-needed public green space.
Development density has become an instrumental factor in shaping more livable, transit-supportive, sustainable communities. However, not all density is created equal. Learn specific design tools and strategies to achieve dense development that advances community goals and aspirations.
How can you set up local government policies for people to initiate and test their own ideas for interventions for walking and biking? What are the issues and challenges of creating a path and crosswalk on existing asphalt, and how do you address them? This session covers these topics and more.
Good planning can support health. Can it also invigorate civic life? As communities nationwide face declining civic engagement levels, this session introduces “Assembly,” a pioneering movement that leverages evidence-based design and planning strategies to enhance civic life.
A new economy and a changing workforce are shifting the purpose and use of waterfronts. Learn how better cooperation between private and public entities can take advantage of these demographic changes to create more impactful, wide-reaching, and transformational waterfront projects.
How can design address the many challenges that cities face? Planners and designers from New York, San Francisco, and Seattle will share the latest efforts in their cities to promote design thinking while engaging larger issues of equity and sustainability.
An attempt that seeks to look into the evolution of a major transportation system, through a series of case studies, which show longitudinal changes that took place from its peak era to its debacle and then towards revitalization attempts.
You will learn about using a TLC approach, which asks community members to take on a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to neighborhood planning and take on projects in more digestible chunks that can start immediately, and lead to long-term impact.
What was the end result when UMKC Urban Planning + Design students worked with faculty to develop a campus plan for the University of Missouri–Kansas City? This poster explores how they addressed key issues such as human experience on campus, walk and bike circulation, and campus monuments and gateways.
A tour of Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront neighborhoods reveals in-process transformations of once-industrial areas to thriving centers of hipster cool. Projects spanning the last 15 years demonstrate changing strategies and approaches to public space, integration of uses, and development catalysts.
Join a walking tour of Lower Manhattan’s evolving East Side waterfront —the locus of a series of transformational coastal-protection initiatives. Representatives of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and others will highlight key efforts to help protect the shoreline and its inhabitants from climate change-related threats.
Broadway is an iconic and historic street stretching the entire length of Manhattan. In Midtown, NYC DOT has redesigned the corridor with a focus on safety, mobility for all users and place making for the world stage.