2019 National Planning Conference

Big City Planning Directors on Autonomous Vehicles

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198218

Location: 2009

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  • Understand key planning issues cities face from autonomous vehicles and related technological trends, including ecommerce and the sharing economy.
  • Understand how two of the nation’s largest cities are preparing for the arrival of autonomous vehicles.
  • Consider how to integrate autonomous vehicles with other transportation modes.


Every fall for 19 years, the American Planning Association, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Harvard Graduate School of Design have brought the planning directors of the nation’s 30 largest cities to Cambridge to engage with their colleagues in the Big City Planning Directors Institute. The program for the 2018 institute focused on a key problem all cities face: how to prepare for and adapt to the disruptive effects of autonomous vehicles and related technological trends. This session will explore how cities are preparing for the coming age of autonomous mobility, covering impacts and potential solutions related to transportation systems and travel modes, land use and urban design, access for poor and disadvantaged communities, and other issues. Speakers include Los Angeles Planning Director Vince Bertoni, New York City Planning Director Anita Laremont, and commentators David Dixon of Stantec (providing a planning practitioner’s perspective) and Andres Sevstuk of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (who is leading GSD’s Future of Streets research project). The session will be moderated by Armando Carbonell of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and APA Research Director David Rouse, who has led APA’s research initiative on autonomous vehicles.

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Session Speakers

Andres Seutsuk
Cambridge, MA

Vincent P. Bertoni, AICP
Los Angeles City Plng Dept
Los Angeles, CA

David Dixon
Goody Clancy & Associates
Boston, MA

Anita Laremont
NYC Department of City Planning
New York, NY

David C. Rouse, FAICP
American Planning Association
Washington, DC

Armando Carbonell, FAICP
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Cambridge, MA