May brings fresh opportunities to connect with our people out in the field. We hope to see you at events this month.
Wednesday, May 1
Diana Davis will be a panelist at the AIA Power Hour Breakfast, ‘Art | Architecture | Design – Impact on Houston today and tomorrow,’ in Houston, Texas. This is an interactive roundtable discussion with key influencers in the market including design principals, design educators, art consultants, city leaders, and community activists.
Friday, May 3
Geeti Silwal present ‘Transformative Urban Environments: The Living Community Challenge in Practice and Context’ at the Living Future unConference in Seattle, Washington. Large-scale new urban developments have the opportunity and responsibility to create transformative, regenerative communities - places that “make” more than they “take”, promote inclusive prosperity and wellbeing, and connect to ecosystems. The session will center on an exploration of the Sacramento Valley Station, an active registered Living Community Challenge project in California.
Tuesday, May 7
Gerry Tierney, Michael Austin, and Martin Leitner will present ‘Adapting our Neighbohoods, streets and homes to E-Commerce – A Study Workshop’ at the Urbanism Next Conference in Portland, Oregon. With the continuing rise of on-line shopping, at the expense of bricks and mortar stores, the US is experiencing the highest rate of mall and retail closures on record. People are still buying merchandise, so how is it getting to our door step and what does our "door step" need to become to receive all of this merchandise? Are our streets to be forever blocked by double-parked delivery trucks? Participate in a workshop that will examine neighborhood delivery & pick-up, re-purposing of regional retail malls, impacts on multi-unit housing lobbies and mailrooms as they adapt to this changing retail paradigm.
Gerry Tierney, Michael Austin, and Ingrid Stromberg will present ‘Physical and Virtual Aspects of the Mobility Hub: Landing Them Here and Now In a Shifting Landscape’ at the Urbanism Next Conference in Portland, Oregon. In this half day workshop, come join experts and collaborate to design adaptable, flexible and future-proof facilities including the details of policy, design and implementation alongside peers and agency partners. We will test mobility hub concepts at real sites with TriMet, Sound Transit and King County Metro, exploring both retrofit scenarios on legacy systems. Teams will layout the physical space requirements for various mobility services, and learn about the digital and virtual tools with physical implications like geo-fencing.
Wednesday, May 8
Gerry Tierney, Michael Austin, Ingrid Stromberg, and Luc Deckinga will present ‘The Augmented City’ at the Urbanism Next Conference in Portland, Oregon. This session will focus on the potential for a user to customize their experience of the built environment beyond wayfinding, and highlight the potential burdens, such as advertisements, placed on underrepresented and underserved populations. By highlighting the equity-based burdens, communities can take a proactive approach to ensuring that policy and design regulations result in outcomes that only work to advance opportunities for all.
Thursday, May 9
Megan Recher will participate on the Resiliency panel at the ULI Texas Forum in Austin, Texas. Across the nation, players within the real estate industry are working toward becoming more resilient in the face of environmental and social vulnerabilities. Hear from national experts on how this trend is affecting economics and design at every level from city planning to individual project strategies.
Tuesday, May 21
Andrew Broderick will co-present ‘Enhancing Quality of Life in Our Towns Through Sustainable Planning and Efforts’ at the ITGA Conference in State College, Pennsylvania. This session addresses why universities are reimagining their campus edges and identifies the economic, fiscal, and social sustainable aspects that underpin efforts. Michigan State University Crescent Road Redevelopment, a 140-acre site on MSU’s Central Campus, is being repositioned as a mixed-use neighborhood. Components include a Life Plan Community, market-rate housing, athletics and recreation, and partnership research. The audience will gain an understanding of the community relations that set the context.