With most of the world’s population now living in cities and concern mounting about the economic, social and environmental challenges the face, interest in the field of urban planning has risen tremendously.
To meet some of these challenges, planners, policymakers, technology specialists, and citizen advocates are working to leverage the immense potential of the Internet to rethink how people can participate in decisions about the shape and direction of their community.
Attendance is free, however space is limited and registration is required.
Thursday, April 30, 2009, Location: Friend Center 101
Friday, May 1, 2009, Location: Friend Center Convocation Room
See how web tools are being used to engage communities in planning processes.
Mark Elliott, Director & Chief Consultant, Collabforge
John Geraci, DIYCity
Nick Grossman, The Open Planning Project
Moderator: Thomas K. Wright, Executive Director, Regional Planning Association
Best practices for public participation in community planning decisions,
Edward Andersson, Head of Practive, Involve
Mike Logan, City of Toronto, Public Consultation Unit
Jennifer Evans Cowley, AICP, Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University
See how web technology can help citizens to find out what happens in their neighborhood, and find out how governments and organizations can better respond to and benefit from its connected populace.
Adrian Holovaty, Founder, Everyblock.com
Matthew Golas, Managing Editor, PlanPhilly.com
Caroline Bhalla, Associate Director, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate
A discussion about how public agencies and organizations have been able to overcome the technical, political and financial barriers that prevented them from developing and deploying citizen‐centered web technology.
Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle
Robert Davis, City of Toronto
Easy‐to‐use web based mapping tools that put the power of geographic information systems in the hands of the public.
Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College
Mark Bosworth, GIS Program Supervisor, Metro
Christopher J. Seeger, ASLA, GISP, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University
How governments and organizations can use web technologies to make their data accessible and free to the public, and why they should do it.
John Wonderlich, Policy Director, The Sunlight Foundation
Jeff Christensen, Chief Product Officer, Rhiza Labs
Examples of tools that make government and planning data and concepts user‐friendly and easy to understand.
Josh Knauer, CEO, Rhiza Labs
Ali Felski, Senior Designer, Sunlight Labs
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Live demos and participation of a range of applications and techniques including using iPhones and mobile phone polls, and building asset maps with a team of GPS enabled iPhones and/or touch sensitive tablets.
Jocelyn Hittle, PlaceMatters
Jason Lally, PlaceMatters
Learn how to use popular web technologies (mapping, blogs, sms) to engage communites in planning during this hands-on workshop.
Christian Peralta, Princeton University