2019 Urban Innovation Symposium - Afternoon Session
Friday, January 25, 2019
11:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. CST
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The afternoon session will consist of a keynote and four discussion panels.
1. Keynote Speaker – Amara Enyia
2. Zoning Policy – Cities are gradually becoming centers for wealth accumulation, which is greatly exacerbating attempts at creating sustainable affordable housing. Even cities like Chicago, which are considered to be more economical, are suffering from an affordable housing shortage. Land is a finite resource and housing is inextricably linked to it, so competition for it often manifests itself as increasing rents and taxes. As a form of land use control, zoning plays an integral role in how affordable housing is created and maintained in the urban environment. With this panel we hope to explore how zoning and other forms of land use regulation can create better policies for sustainable affordable housing options. As such, our panelists represent different perspectives in the policy-making process.
3. Neighborhoods & Sustainable Design (Deep Dive) – In a world of division, climate change, and population growth, we must focus on how to change faster than ever be¬fore. This talk posits that society can overcome our major challenges around decarbonization in four generations: the lifetime of a child born today. Neighborhoods are the messy yet sustainable structure to cities; learn how a variety of strategies at the neighborhood scale are the keys to inspiring trust and unlocking sustainable solutions.
4. Claiming Spaces – The Role of Public Art as Place-maker Public art has often been considered an initiator of revitalization and beautification of urban communities; however as we have experienced throughout Chicago, such revitalization can come at a cost . This panel will explore the complex relationship between art and gentrification and examine how artists and art organizations can be a restorative force for local residents and communities in order to encourage reinvestment without displacement. We will also consider how public art can be used in place-making to enhance community's culture without isolating its residents that bring life and culture to these communities.
5. Transportation Equity (Deep Dive) – Access to transportation plays a critical role in connecting people to basic needs such as employment, education, affordable housing, and so much more. These amenities are imperative to creating and maintaining sustainable communities and, ultimately, cities. This session will identify some of the pressing transportation equity issues in Chicago as well as address innovative approaches to closing this gap in access. Additionally, we will discuss transportation planning strategies in order to encourage more inclusive active transit initiatives in the future. The goal is to develop sustainable communities that can offer equal opportunity, and provide greater citywide mobility, health, and economic activity. This will ultimately allow all Chicagoans to thrive.
Brandon Nolin, firstname.lastname@example.org