These brisk, 7-minute presentations can be serious, funny, and creative. When planners start musing, you may be surprised by what they say.
What you will hear:
· My Personal Climate Resilience Demonstration Project – Peg Hough, AICP
· Why Wait? – Guneet Anand, Eri Suzuki
· Elevating Engagement: Prompting More Meaningful Participation – Lisa Bourbonnais
· Maybe a Garden Isn't the Answer – Katie Dix
· Where Design Comes into Play – Linda Dottor, AICP
· When GIS Leads Planners Astray – Blake Esselstyn, AICP
· Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Wayne Hausser, AICP
About the Speakers
Peg Elmer Hough, AICP, is a veteran professional planner and environmental advocate with a 40+ year track record of creating training materials and programs for state and local policy-makers, lay and professional, guiding land use in the Northeast. Prior to establishing Community-Resilience.org in 2012, she was Assistant Professor, Land Use Planning and Policy and Associate Director of the Land Use Clinic at Vermont Law School. She’s worked at the municipal, state agency, regional commission and non-profit levels – all aimed at developing and guiding land use policy. She serves on the Executive Committee of VT Planners Association and is past-President of NNECAPA.
Guneet Anand’s work is rooted in a contextual planning and design approach that investigates how cities and spaces are shaped by larger socio-cultural, political and economic processes. She uses data and urban systems related to mass transit, ecology, food culture, and infrastructure to form site-based community design and implementation strategies, such as on the Pier 70 Union Iron Works redevelopment, where the culture and economy of innovation technology meets housing, local arts and fabrication programming for this 35-acre redevelopment in San Francisco. Guneet has previously taught at GSAPP (Columbia University), worked at Frederic Schwartz Architects (NY) and Madras Office for Architects and Designers (Chennai). Her work at MOAD on public realm design for transit infrastructure in Chennai was exhibited and published by Cooper-Hewitt in “Design with the Other 90%: Cities”. She has served as Teaching Associate at Columbia University, and visiting critic at NYIT, Urban Design Lab and Indian Institute of Technology (Madras).
For the last six years, Lisa has been the Planning Director for the Town of East Greenwich, RI and has worked in local government for more than twenty years. Before that, she worked for a regional planning commission is rural Virginia, prior to moving to Rhode Island. She holds a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and has completed coursework in Strategic Management and Regulatory Enforcement at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She is passionate about civic education and takes her "show on the road" to teach citizens how to effectively engage their local governments whenever she can.
Linda Dottor, AICP, Communications Manager Community Design Collaborative Linda Dottor, AICP has over 25 years of experience in community planning and outreach. A founding member of the Community Design Collaborative, Linda manages communications and educational services to raise public awareness about the Collaborative’s work and mission. Previously, she served as a community planner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and continues to be an active advocate for special needs housing and community gardening. Linda earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia.
Blake is the founding principal of FrontWater, an urban planning and GIS consultancy. A North Carolina native, he detoured northeast for his schooling, and worked in some great American and international cities before happily settling in Asheville in 2003. In the years since, he has thrown himself fully into urban planning endeavors and GIS analysis. He worked for upwards of ten years with the Department of Planning and Urban Design at the City of Asheville, leading their GIS and visualization efforts as well as coordinating or contributing to a wide range of other projects. He holds degrees from Yale and Penn, and when he's not working or enjoying time at home with family (or biking in between), Blake might be located running trails or singing in an ensemble.
Wayne W. Hausser, PE, AICP Masters City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology; Masters Strategic Studies, US Army War College; BS Mechanical Engineering Mr. Hausser has over thirty years experience with community design, environmental planning, civil engineering, construction planning and programming, and federal facilities. He currently is a consulting Senior Planner and Project Manager for Parsons, where he leads multi-discipline Master Planning and Development Programming projects as a contractor to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other Federal Agencies. He has specialized experience with education campuses, hi-tech Cyber facilities, institutional headquarters, and disaster response and recovery. Mr. Hausser's work includes significant travel to urban and rural communities across the United States and overseas. He has broad perspective and academic interests in downtown development, professional sports venues, and sustainable economic development. After ten years in the Active Army, Mr. Hausser served an additional 18 years in the Army Reserve and National Guard. He reached the Army Rank of Colonel balancing military and civilian careers with raising a family. He has served on the American Planning Association Student Representatives Council, and as the Student Advisor the Chapters President Council. Mr Hausser is a Co-Director for VaAPA Central Section, and was the Vice Chair of the Federal Planners Division where he coordinated and managed Federal Planner Training Workshops in New Orleans and Boston. He has been a speaker to the FPD on a wide variety of topics from ethics to community design. Mr. Hausser has authored guidance documents on Urban Planning for USAID, and Plans for a wide variety of federal customers located across the US and overseas. In his travels, he has pursued is personal interests in Architecture and Urban Form with specific fascination and curiosity with sports teams, stadiums and culture.
Eri has over seven years of experience, originally came to urban design by way of architecture and landscape architecture. Her professional experience varies in scale from civic and educational buildings, streets, parks, campuses to neighborhoods. Her works at McCann Adams Studio and ROMA Design Group focused on finding a new narrative for a site previously occupied by a single typology. At SITELAB she employs her skills in urban design and community outreach for projects under a complex entitlement process. Her passion project is planning a Pop-Up Care Village in collaboration with LavaMae to bring "radical hospitality" to San Francisco's homeless population. Eri graduated with Bachelor in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. She earned Graduate Kinne Travel Fellowship to expand on her independent research on planning, design, and reconstruction of the Tohoku region with MIT 3/11 Japan Initiatives to promote dialogue for designing resilient cites.