Presentation Topics

  • altCities for health & well-being
    Urban planning for physical & social health. Active
    living & the walkable, bikeable city. Planning for
    commuting by foot and bike. Land Use principles for the healthy city. Health effects of sprawl. Sprawl, lack of community & social pathology. Dangers of social isolation for the young & the elderly. Psychological
    effects of the built environment. Making streetswork
    to improve social & physical health.
  • Public places for social life & civic engagement
    How the built environment shapes civic engagement. Social life, dialogue & political awareness. Generating community & social well-being in the public realm. Influence of social life on health. Beautiful places & well-being. Community festivals & social well-being. Teenagers' social development & community spaces. Reviving plazas & town squares.
  • Nature in the urban environment
    Importance of contact with nature for health & well-being. Natural urban places for exercise,
    adventure, relaxation & stimulation. Natural beauty & well-being. Designing & restoring parks,community gardens, wild areas. Restoring biodiversity.
  • Mixed-use urban fabric
    New neighborhoods with mixed-use fabric. Urban
    regeneration through mixed-use infill & restoration. New designs for human scale multifamily mixed-use. Innovative lofts & flex units.
  • altUrban villages / suburban towns
    Transforming a suburban shopping center into a mixed-use town center. Overcoming resistance to compact development. Creating urban villages around public transit hubs.
  • Regional planning for healthy cities
    Sustainable regional transportation & land-use
    planning. Promoting regional identity. Curbing sprawl. Focusing development in town centers. Achievements in limiting big box retail.
  • Integrating transit and land-use
    Make towns - instead of traffic planning & housing
    development. Evaluating TODs: case studies.
    Including transit in development review. Environmental justice in transportation planning. Innovative new TOD projects.
  • Guidelines for child-friendly communities
    No child left inside. Importance of contact with nature for health & well-being. Neighborhoods for independent mobility. How children learn spatial skills, autonomy & self-assurance. Learning social skills in the public realm. The responsibility of familiar adults. Impact of the built environment on child development.
  • Traditional town planning
    Historical models. Regional architecture & identity. Hierarchy of building types. Street, square and block. Location & significance of civic buildings. Central places & civic awareness. What can we learn from Europe?
  • Community participation
    Designing a neighborhood vision. Planning with citizen participation. Community architecture & urban design. Innovative community gardens & nature areas. Limitations of community
  • Japanese GardenGreen buildings, green neighborhoods
    Sustainable land-use planning & urban design.
    Sustainable community development. Achieving
    LEED Gold. Green buildings, healthy buildings.
    LEED neighborhood development. Regional planning for sustainability.
  • Innovative teaching models
    Health & the built environment: teaching the connections. Urban planning for healthy communities. Teaching mixed use urban fabric. Principles of urban sustainability. Teaching community participation in architecture, landscape architecture & urban design.