NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Smart city initiatives are on the rise. How does the work of urban planners intersect with these efforts? Hear the results of a recent AICP member survey on this topic and take part in a discussion of strategic opportunities to more fully engage planners in smart city initiatives.
What products are available for publishing zoning codes online, and how do they compare to premium hosting services? Learn best practices for publishing interactive online zoning codes, including case studies that highlight considerations in converting to a feature-rich online format.
This session will speak to the main trends and technologies of future cities, as well as how city planning departments will need to adapt to meet the needs and work with the cities of the future.
Explore automated vehicle technology, the use of ropeways and gondolas in an urban environment, and the proliferation of e-bikes worldwide. Discuss the implications of these trends for planning.
Explore the questions that planners can answer more quickly and easily with big data than traditional data. Learn how answering these questions helps planners understand mobility behavior more accurately, precisely, and comprehensively, which ultimately enables more impactful and beneficial community projects.
Autonomous vehicles—or driverless cars—are coming, and faster than you think. They will change the way we think about land-use needs, residential preferences, parking management, workspace needs, and myriad of other planning topics. This session will help you prepare for those changes.
The Technology Division will be sponsoring a competition among public and private planning organizations about how they have deployed new technologies in their planning projects. Planning organizations that their projects are selected will discuss their projects at the session.
Learn about metrics-based smart city planning in Asia—where planners, economists, systems integrators, and engineers are developing a citywide “smart masterplan” and data analytics hub that will roll out over the next four years.
Have you added 3D to your planning toolkit? Evolving 3D GIS technology, such as scenario planning tools and 3D analysis, brings new levels of decision support to the planning process. Explore how 3D GIS can inspire and guide city planning initiatives by combining the scientific power of GIS with 3D city modeling to facilitate data visualization, scenario impact simulations, and storytelling.
Big data from mobile devices can be a powerful tool for transportation planners who don’t have the resources for intensive travel studies. Learn how to gather and deploy big data by studying successful projects in California and Virginia and hearing from the key players involved in them.
Self-driving cars will hit city streets soon. Will they induce a new boom in sprawl? Will they create a transit “golden age” with new ownership models? Explore the future of transportation with experts from Silicon Valley and New York.
The number of small-town municipal broadband projects has exploded in recent years. A recent APA survey asked members about municipal broadband initiatives in their communities. Discover the results of that survey and discuss the role of planners in municipal broadband projects.
Scenario planning integrates the consideration of key uncertainties with advanced analytical tools. This session introduces four new tools planners can use to map social vulnerability, analyze gentrification, identify neighborhoods vulnerable to heatwaves, and prioritize affordable rental housing for preservation.
Innovation Districts have captured the attention and imagination of planners and development officials around the world. However, few cities can marshal the resources and level of investment that reflect the concept's most successful models. Explore the complexities of innovation districts by looking at the economic, talent, real estate and equity factors that help to drive long-term investment
Planners are playing an increasingly important role in the development of sustainable places and smart cities. Gain a better understanding of the implications of new technology such as ride sharing, smart utilities, and net-zero design on our built environment.
As technology changes, so too does the local planning department. This session examines technological and other ways planning departments will need to adapt to meet community needs in the future.
A spatial approach to fiscal impact analysis is superior to existing methods. Nearly all revenues and expenditures in a city are spatial. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to comprehensively estimate fiscal impact and create a detailed planning database.
Experience East Williamsburg and Bushwick and the mashup of industrial facades transforming to tech hubs. Step inside tech workspaces and see the contrast of the old and the new through the perspectives of artists, technology entrepreneurs, and community builders.
Augmented Reality has been gaining momentum for the last few years and has grabbed everyone’s attention through the game Pokémon GO. This proposal will explore the past, present and future trends in augmented reality and how it can be used as a public outreach and tourism tool in planning.
Data is becoming a more prevalent topic of discussion in enhancing local governments in (re)building their communities. Mayors across the nation have adapted to this particular initiative and implemented it into their day-to-day agendas. Is big data sufficient and effective?
This is a GIS-based case study examining the transit-oriented development (TOD) in City of Portland by analyzing five dimensions of the built environment – Density, Diversity, Design, Destination, and Distance (5D-Model).
The Trust for Public Land is working with cities across the country to develop detailed GIS and planning strategies to demonstrate how strategic green space planning contributes to a resilient city and provides many critical benefits beyond recreation opportunities.
Co-sponsored by APA’s Divisions Council (DC) and Student Representatives Council (SRC), this event will showcase the work of student finalists in this inaugural competition. A panel of judges will choose the final winner of a $1,000 cash prize.
Learn scenario analysis skills and tools to engage stakeholders and analyze planning decisions. Gain hands-on experience in both simulated scenario planning activities and common scenario analysis tools.
The Technology Division will celebrate the winners of the 2017 Smart Cities Awards at a reception sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. The Smart Cities Awards recognize innovative plans or projects that have utilized and/or deployed technological tools, applications and methods as part of the planning process.
Explore an overview of opportunities to leverage big data in various aspects of planning. Learn how advances in technology and the democratization of technical knowledge opens up new modes of creating technical solutions.
Do you have minimal staff and a limited budget? No worries! Learn how the City of Nashua, N.H., employed a sustainability dashboard to share the data that framed its sustainability profile and engage community members in the effort to improve that data.
Broadband is the cornerstone of your smart city. Turbocharge your community and improve sustainability, education, healthcare and quality of life with high-speed connectivity. Learn how to accelerate broadband planning and leverage digital infrastructure to regulate city assets for greater efficiency.