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Bring light, art, and activity to the public realm! Learn how outdoor media and public-private partnerships can create unique experiences at urban spaces in New York's Times Square, West Hollywood's Sunset Strip, the Denver Theater District, and Atlanta's downtown.
Violence is preventable, yet it is pervasive in too many communities. Explore how planners and people working in violence prevention, public health, and related fields can proactively collaborate to create safer neighborhoods for all.
In this course, planners will share their insights about programs that effectively engage young people in community planning. Learn about the institutional support for these projects and assess what resources you might need to undertake your own project.
Explore how lifting the constraints of a traditional solicitation process can make way for ideas that change standard practices. Build momentum and support for improvements while adding exciting new tools to your repertoire.
Arts and culture are essential to healthy, connected, vibrant communities. Cultural plans create roadmaps to engage creative and cultural assets as partners in meeting various municipal goals. Discover how cultural plans become key components at city, neighborhood, and district-levels.
Urban flooding, caused by rainfall overwhelming the drainage system, is common in the Chicago region. Discover how engineers, planners, and community organizers are collaborating to reduce damages to homes and businesses and adapt to climate change.
Unlike recent auto/tech industry-dominated discussions of autonomous vehicles - focused on technology, traffic, safety, adoption rates, or economic impact - this panel addresses public space and how cities, designers, engineers, and others can build a civic agenda, create tools, and set priorities.
The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement has strengthened the resolve of local governments to combat climate change. Representatives of Cambridge (Mass.), New Orleans, and New York will share how they are advancing deep-carbon reductions.
Climate shock disrupts life for residents of low-income communities. By providing a framework that cities can use to work across sectors and showcasing successful examples, the session prompts discussion about what is urgently needed and what is possible.
In a changing climate, cities have increasing climate mitigation, adaptation, resiliency, and infrastructure needs. How can cities pay for these plans? And how might climate change affect a city's credit ratings?
Learn about successes, challenges, approaches, and real-world applications of inclusive and grassroots planning for food-systems change. Explore challenges faced in the Carolinas to maintaining a grassroots-driven approach.
Collaborative partnerships or "networks" leverage limited resources to advance community resilience and climate-adaptation planning. This course illustrates a diverse group of national and regional examples.
Learn about the showcase program "Green City Design Challenge," which empowers students to create solutions for environmental challenges within their communities while providing valuable data and insights for planners.
Learn about the benefits of utilizing Community Planning Assistance Teams to engage communities and execute inventive, insightful planning to revitalize areas in distress and to plan for growth in dynamic environments. Participants will benefit by hearing from four communities that have conducted CPAT projects that each addressed planning issues unique to those community's needs.
In spite of progressive policies and increased cultural sensitivity, generally, homophobia and violence against the LGBTQ community persists. A general tenet of community planning is to promote the health, safety and welfare of a community, and a specific mission of several APA National Divisions is to provide a voice to the issues that minority and disenfranchised populations face.
Revitalization efforts can be a collaborative or alienating process for underserved communities. An inclusive temporary design process is a powerful tool to build toward long term implementation for improvements that are owned by the community and serve their needs.
Four Northeastern states have taken the lead in supporting sustainability initiatives pursued by local governments. While the initiatives vary by state, common elements have emerged. This session examines state and regional data sources and planning tools that have helped local governments work toward a more sustainable future.
The Metro-Orlando area of Florida consistently ranks at or near the top of the "Dangerous by Design" list for pedestrian safety. Learn how Central Florida is working to reverse dangerous trends by planning for and implementing complete streets.
Looking for new tools for your comprehensive planning process? Learn about APA's Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places and take a deep dive into its resource toolkit.
How can green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) shape recommendations and help planners implement a comprehensive plan? Learn how the planning process guides the location and design of GSI. The Philadelphia2035 plan and the city's "Green City, Clean Waters" program provide answers.
Land conservation is an effective strategy for achieving multi-objective outcomes, such as flood risk reduction and enhanced recreation in communities. This session spotlights resources that can be used to leverage these same concepts and potentially save their residents' money.
As public funding for urban parks decreases, cities are turning to other models of support. This presentation provides examples how three cities experiencing downtown growth partner with "Business Improvement Districts" to sustain parks and enhance the vitality of public spaces.
Latinos renovate their homes based on imagination, needs, and know-how – sometimes without proper permits – blurring lines between formal and informal development in the United States. We examine the visual, spatial, regulatory, and resiliency implications of this practice in planning multicultural communities.
Rediscover the past political and cultural issues associated with the early planning and design programs and accomplishments of planning pioneers -- and gain an understanding of the basis for creating great places.
This course explains how the handbook, Creating Healthy Neighborhoods, bridges this gap by doing three things: synthesizing and adapting research findings, proposing how to make informed decisions in the absence of research, and embedding this in a health-informed planning process.
Open spaces are critical to the success of a downtown with a strong public realm. Learn about strategies for the creation of open spaces in these areas, incentive-based development standards, acquisition strategies, and metrics for success.
Explore creative placemaking from the community up, grounded in values fostering belonging, equity, racial justice, and inclusion. We will share local case studies from diverse urban and rural contexts, tools and resources, and creative participatory planning and community engagement practices.
Sure, they won the award. But when the rubber hit the road, how did these APA Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan winners perform? Learn about continued engagement, public reporting, and implementation approaches of national award-winning comprehensive plans.
CM I 0.50
Nonmember Price: $20.00
Member Price: $10.00
This forum will share innovations — and the pragmatic nuts and bolts needed to make them happen — by emphasizing state and local policy changes that are enabling effective approaches to land value capture.
Nonmember Price: $0.00
Member Price: $0.00