[ApaIllinois] Upcoming APA Chapter Webcasts

Paula Freeze, APA-IL Editor editor at ilapa.org
Thu Oct 24 07:16:54 CDT 2013

	* October 25 - Parking Reform Made Easy: How to Make Smarter Parking Requirements - Transportation Planning Division - CM Approved 
Status quo parking requirements often stand in the way of making communities livable, equitable, and sustainable.  Responding to criticisms of excessive minimum parking requirements, many planners feel that improvements should be made but they lack a solid procedure for generating reform.  Webinar participants are provided with a handout showing a step-by-step technical and policy process for reforming parking requirements.  A brief introduction explains that parking requirements are a policy choice, not merely a technical calculation.  We then review the arguments for and against parking requirements, and highlight innovative parking requirement reform going on across the country.  The core of the webinar is presentation and discussion of a 12-step process that can be used to reform parking requirements.  These steps include technical issues concerning local parking utilization data and projecting parking utilization over the life of a
 project.  Then we explore a series of policy-related steps for setting requirements that support broad community goals.  The process emphasizes the need to evaluate prospective parking requirements in terms of their support for local goals.  Examples of parking requirements for multifamily housing, workplaces, and mixed-use developments are highlighted.  The webinar concludes by reviewing other elements of parking requirements, such as parking maximums and design requirements, and discussing a process for shepherding parking reform through the community and political process.  Participants leave the webinar with a game plan for parking reform, whether it be a comprehensive rewrite of all requirements or a project specific requirement.  The presentation is based on Parking Reform Made Easy, a new book on parking reform.  Throughout the webinar, participants’ questions are collected and addressed.
	* November 1 - Designing Suburban Futures, Now- Urban Design and Preservation Division - CM Pending
The North American urban landscape is dominated by the products of late 20th century suburbanization, leaving the built environment littered with dead malls, failing strip centers, foreclosed houses, vacant big boxes, and acre upon acre of asphalt parking lots. What to do? June Williamson will discuss promising planning and design strategies and tactics, illustrated with competition-winning proposals from her book Designing Suburban Futures as well as case studies from her previous book Retrofitting Suburbia, co-authored with Ellen Dunham-Jones.
Presenter Biography: June Williamson is an architecture professor at The City College of New York/CUNY. She has taught and practiced in Boston, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Los Angeles and now, New York City. Her deep interest in rethinking suburban landscapes stems from growing up in several: Metairie in Louisiana, Needham and Westwood in Massachusetts, Mt. Lebanon in Pennsylvania, New Malden in Surrey, England, and even Ras Tanura, a gated company compound in Saudi Arabia modeled on a 1940s U.S. subdivision. She was advisor for Build a Better Burb, an ideas design competition for the suburbs of Long Island, which is documented in her newest book "Designing Suburban Futures." June is co-author, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of the book "Retrofitting Suburbia," winner of the 2009 PROSE Award for Architecture and Urban Planning from the Association of American Publishers, and her writing has been published in the book "Writing Urbanism: A Design Reader,"
 "Independent for Life," and "The Diverse Suburb: History, Politics, Prospects" as well as the journals Places, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land, the Journal of Urbanism, and Thresholds.
	*   November 8 - Walkable City - Urban Design and Preservation Division - CM Pending
The Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.  In this Webinar, Jeff Speck outlines the compelling economic, health, and environmental mandates behind creating more walkable communities.  He then discusses his General Theory of Walkability, which describes the measures that communities can undertake to create larger walking and biking populations by providing the "useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting walk."
Presenter Biography: Jeff Speck is  a top expert on walkability and urban planning. He is a  city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task
 Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Of his latest work, Walkable City, Planning Magazine says: "for getting planning into the thinking and the daily life of U.S. Cities, this is the book."
	* November 22 - Ethical Rules and Considerations for Planners, Plan Commissioners, and Lawyers - Connecticut Chapter - CM ETHICS Pending
	* December 13 - Maryland Chapter - Extreme Weather and Climate Change Vulnerability Planning for the Transportation Sector - CM Pending
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