Tuesday

Time
Description
10:15am - 11:45am
Part 1: Presenting the Model Design Manual for Living Streets
The Model Design Manual for Living Streets provides guidance that can replace existing road standard manuals with updated techniques to reflect a greater emphasis on active transportation, environmental sustainability, and placemaking.
Michael Moule PE TE PTOE (Principal, NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates, Inc.), Ryan Snyder (Principal, Ryan Snyder Associates)
Design + Engineer
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
201A
10:15am - 11:45am
Placemaking 101 and the Power of 10
This presentation by Fred Kent of Project for Public Spaces will discuss Placemaking, the Power of Ten principles and how to create cities of the future. Discussion will include how the Placemaking process is different from traditional planning; how to most effectively engage the community in the planning process and tools to use; how to use Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper strategies to spur interest and test out new approaches; and how Placemaking can be applied to cross-cutting issues such as sustainability, health, diversity, and livability. Case studies from around the world will exemplify both small scale interventions to large scale public destinations with insight into how they were achieved and why they are successful.
Fred Kent (President, Project for Public Spaces)
Plan + Connect
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
103ABC
1:45pm - 3:15pm
Placemaking Fireside Chat
Placemaking provides a powerful set of tools for change. Not a new profession, discipline or field of study, Placemaking brings out the best of professional knowledge and skills, while supporting a participatory process that challenges and empowers local communities to take ownership over the planning process. Placemaking is a citizen driven planning process where the community is the expert on defining the vision and subject matter experts use their skills to facilitate evolution of the process. A richer more livable plan results. In this session, Fred Kent of PPS will lead a panel that includes leading Place advocates such as Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, and Dr. Richard Jackson, host of the PBS series 'Designing Healthy Communities,' which links to a separate book by the same name.
Dan Burden (Executive Director, WALC Institute), Fred Kent (President, Project for Public Spaces), Richard Jackson MD MPH (Professor and Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department, University of California, Los Angeles)
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
tbd199
1:45pm - 3:15pm
The Art of Street Design
Complete streets are all the rage. In their forthcoming book Street Design: The Art & Practice of Making Complete Streets (Wiley, 2013), Victor Dover and John Massengale argue that only beautiful streets where people want to be are really complete. In a heavily-illustrated lecture, using images from cities around the world, Massengale and Dover will show Do's and Donts for good placemaking, and explain why formulaic solutions like bulbouts and hyperstriping can add up to bad urban design. Historic examples and recent retrofits show that good street design can be revolutionary, unlock value, improve life and reknit society.
John Massengale (Architect, Massengale & Co LLC), Victor Dover FAICP (Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners)
Design + Engineer
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
201B
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Independent Walking, Biking, and Roaming by Kids
Kids hardly roam independently by walking and biking with no adult supervision in their neighborhoods, and they are suffering in many ways as a result. They did it decades ago, and they can absolutely do it today as well! This session will provide inspiration and tools for parents, designers, community leaders, and policy makers to give kids the means to roam their neighborhoods on their own, every day. In particular, this session will provide suggestions on how to make a neighborhood engaging and familiar for children, utilizing innovative techniques in placemaking, community building, and parenting.
Mike Lanza (Chief Play Officer, Playborhood)
Healthy + Safe
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
202B
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Meet the Transportation Insiders
This session will provide an opportunity for conferences attendees to spend time with career transportation professionals who are responsible for setting the policy and practice that influences the balance of projects. They will be prepared to answer questions such as how can we foster more biking and walking projects, livability and context sensitive solutions.
Billy Hattaway (District Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation), Gabe Rousseau (Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager and Livability Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration), Gary Toth (Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces), John Horsley (Executive Director, AASHTO)
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
tbd195
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Streets as Places
This session will introduce participants into new ways of thinking about streets; specifically, how Placemaking can be used to build great streets and great communities. This session is geared towards anyone interested in creating a great street, including transportation professionals who want to learn more about how streets can contribute to better communities; civic and elected officials who realize the social and economic benefits that can result from changing the way that roads are designed; and citizen activists who understand that the time for change is now. It will include discussion of both Placemaking and Street Design principles.
Ethan Kent (Vice President, Project for Public Spaces), Gary Toth (Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces)
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
203B
4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Walking Audit: A Tool for Organizing Strong Communities and Fostering Placemaking
This session offers instruction and technique for using Walking Audits (Walking Workshops) to address community building issues. Dan Burden first developed the walking audit in 1982, while he was still at Florida DOT. The concept stuck and was broadened and expanded. Dan leads over 300 walking audits each year, bringing people to a common vision. The walking audit is now considered one of the most powerful tools for bringing change to the built environment. Come and see the evolution of the walking audit, its uses, its power and how it is done.
Dan Burden (Executive Director, WALC Institute)
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
tbd194

Wednesday

Time
Description
10:15am - 11:45am
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Stations and Institutions into Vibrant, Multimodal Public Spaces
Transit stops and stations need to be viewed as more than just portals between customers and transit service. Similarly, libraries need to serve as more than places to get books; schools as more than places to get an education. In this session, Cynthia Nikitin, will present on ways to work with transit agencies, developers, libraries, school districts, and communities around the country to plan and design facilities that add the element of Placemaking into the mix. This creates the opportunity for all of these public facilities to serve as catalysts for economic development, civic engagement, livability and Placemaking.
Cynthia Nikitin (Vice President, Project for Public Spaces)
Plan + Connect
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
202A
10:15am - 11:45am
Rethinking the Automobile
As founder of the New York City Streets Renaissance Campaign, Streetfilms, and Streetsblog, Mark Gorton has played a key role in the transformation of New York City's streets. This session will focus on next steps for national advocacy focused on bringing about significant policy and funding changes in the next federal transportation reauthorization. ?After discussing strategy and messaging ideas that can reach a diverse range of communities, voters, and elected officials, the sessions presenters will engage participants in a discussion about how to reach these goals.
Mark Gorton (Founder, OpenPlans)
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
201B
1:45pm - 3:15pm
Placemaking: Doing it Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper
Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper is a tool for improving your community right now. Low-cost experiments and incremental steps can jump-start the creation of places by tapping into the talents of local people, entrepreneurs, developers, and city staff. These projects quickly translate a communitys vision into reality and keep momentum moving. Ideas can be implemented, assessed, then tweaked and customized based upon the communitys response. In other circles, these low cost experiments are known as Tactical Urbanism, DIY Urbanism, and Better Blocks.
Ethan Kent (Vice President, Project for Public Spaces), Jason Roberts (Creative Manager, Team Better Block, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff), Mike Lydon (Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative)
Placemaking
Peer Problem Solving Sessions
101A
4:00pm - 5:30pm
A Salon Style Presentation - Complete Streets and Placemaking: Going Too Far, or Not Far Enough?
The Complete Streets movement has taken the country by storm. Few, if any movements have done so much to influence needed policy change in the transportation world. However, many feel that adoption of a Complete Streets Policy is only the first step in fostering walkable and livable communities. To complete the process, Placemaking, or creating attractive destinations within walking and biking distance, has to be part incorporated. In the words of Gary Toth: if the pharmacy and coffee shop, the bank and the corner store are three miles away down the state highway in a strip mall next to big boxes, no one will walk there no matter how complete the streets are. This session will explore the benefits of passing Complete Streets policies and legislation and what needs to be done to create an extraordinary place.
Barbara McCann (Principal, McCann Consulting), Gary Toth (Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces)
Design + Engineer
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
203B

Thursday

Time
Description
8:00am - 9:30am
City-Wide Campaigns: Learning from the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign
In this session, learn how building a campaign around network building, education, demonstration projects, short-term wins and inspirational imagery changed NYC and can change your city.
Ethan Kent (Vice President, Project for Public Spaces), Kit Hodge (Deputy Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition), Mark Gorton (Founder, OpenPlans)
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
101B
10:15am - 11:45am
Communicating Value on the Cheap: Using Digital Tools to Grow BikePed & Placemaking Advocacy
Once upon a time, getting the word out about a rally, action, or legislation required a lot of time and money. Mailing postcards was the most direct way to reach constituents, but also meant substantially higher costs. While there were no postage needed for flyers or posters, there was also no guarantee that people who were interested in the issue at hand would ever see them. Today, digital tools like Twitter, Facebook, and user-friendly content management systems make communicating with your constituents and reaching new audiences easy and cheap - often even free! Join social media managers and digital communications experts from around the fields of Placemaking and BikePed advocacy for a group discussion of best practices in this rapidly-changing field.
Alissa Walker (Journalist, GOOD Magazine), Brendan Crain (Communications Director, Project for Public Spaces), Gary Kavanagh (Writer, LA Streetsblog), Jonathan Nettler (Managing Editor, Planetizen)
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
101A
10:15am - 11:45am
Open Streets: Opening Streets to People, Transforming Communities
Open streets (ciclovias) initiatives offer an innovative way to introduce biking, walking and active transportation choices to residents who may not otherwise consider those options. There are now more than 70 such initiatives across North America, attracting more than one million participants each year. This presentation will discuss the new Open Streets Project, which documents the movement's history, best practices now, and case studies, highlights successful open streets initiatives, and create places.
Michael Samuelson (Member Services/Open Streets, Alliance for Biking & Walking), Mike Lydon (Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative)
Healthy + Safe
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
201B