Saving Our Suburbs Part 3: Smart Suburbs

APA National Capital Chapter


Thursday, July 25, 2019
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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The formula that drove suburban growth for 60 years has run out of gas. Now what? From driverless cars to the internet of things, emerging technology can help suburbs deliver services more efficiently, reduce environmental impacts, and build community. Our expert panel discusses "future-proofing" to help suburbs surf the wave of new tech, not drown in it.

Based on the book "Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places" (

Panelists include:
- David Dixon, Vice President, Planning and Urban Design Leader, Urban Places at Stantec
- Daniel Baxter, Practice Lead at Stantec
- Lisa Nisenson, Vice President of Wantman Group

Conversation moderated by Lisa Schamess, Communications Manager for Congress for New Urbanism.

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Daniel Baxter

Today’s transportation infrastructure and the vehicles using it need a good support system to perform well. As a transportation engineer with more than 34 years of experience, Dan provides that support through advanced electronic systems that sense and respond to operational challenges and inefficiencies. He has designed systems of ... Read More

David Dixon

Residential Architecture Magazine named David to their Hall of Fame as “the person we call to ask about cities.” In recent years he’s led planning in post-Katrina New Orleans, transformed strip malls into new suburban downtowns, and initiated a broad reappraisal of the role of density in building more ... Read More

Lisa Nisenson

Lisa’s experience spans work in the private, non-profit, and public sectors, including federal and local government agencies. At the United States Environmental Protection Agency, she developed pioneering policy for sustainable community design, including guides and regulatory support for low-impact development and redevelopment. She brings a practical approach to helping ... Read More

Lisa Schamess

Lisa Schamess joined CNU last year and is the editor of their blog on suburban design, Build a Better Burb. She grew up in the suburbs of Dallas and walked away for decades before relocating to the suburban community of Wheaton, Maryland, three years ago. As a longtime writer and ... Read More

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