Master Planning: The Resilient City

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  • Master Planning
    The Resilient City

    October 15 - 16, 2020
    Harvard University Campus

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Dates: October 15 - 16, 2020
Location: Harvard University Campus
CEUs: 14 AIA/CES (HSW) | 14 AICP/CM | 14 LA/CES (HSW)
Tuition: $1,450

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Program Description

Today, cities across the world are shaped by new forms of urbanism, a growing awareness of environmental challenges, and evolving cultural identities. The focus of this two-day program is on developing a broader understanding of how the master planner or designer’s skills contribute to more resilient cities and futures. Panel discussions, field work, and interactive activities will explore environmental, economic, and social issues.

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Amidst increasing diversity and several years of strong economic and population growth, planners are discovering that cities are rich labs for exploring innovations in areas including: regional and local food systems; arts, culture and place-making, spatial planning and urban design; ecological systems, equity, and social justice; and technology. The program will draw from interdisciplinary expert perspectives and active learning to explore these topics (and others) and to encourage participants to expand their understanding of how to design resilient and adaptable cities in the face of a changing climate, social equity challenges and a need for increasing competitiveness and innovation.

Participants will use the City of Boston as a laboratory and case study throughout the course, learning from local and international experts, touring key sites, and working together to synthesize case studies and their own observations. A series of presentations and discussions will lay the foundation for the course and introduce the breadth of environmental, economic, and social issues that must be addressed at all scales. The panelists will include planners, public officials, urban designers, artists, technologists, economists, ecologists, and developers.

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Who Should Attend

Planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, developers, land owners, public officials, and non-profit/advocacy planners.

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Learning Objectives

  • Investigate master planning approaches to achieving urban resilience: What common themes or topics are addressed? What are the spatial or design issues to be addressed to achieve a sustainable future?
  • Explore planning and urban design case studies that demonstrate how interdisciplinary approaches (including arts and culture, local food systems, and technology) are becoming critical to city-building.
  • Discover how the real estate market and regulatory context are responding to resilience goals.
  • Understand the role of natural and ecological systems.
  • Synthesize and apply knowledge from panelists to a case study of Boston.

Course - Instructor - Brie Hensold

Principal and Co-Founder
Agency Landscape + Planning
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Course - Guest Speakers - MP 2019

Phlip Barash
Cultural District Fellow
The Boston Foundation
Alice Brown
Director of Planning
Boston Harbor Now
Gina Ford, PLA, FASLA
Principal and Co-Founder
Agency Landscape + Planning
Steven Handel
Visiting Professor of Ecology
Harvard Graduate School of Design
& Distinguished Professor of Ecology
Rutgers University
Kevin Storm, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Associate Director of Urban Design
DC Office of Planning
Caitlin Taylor, RA
Design Director
MASS Design
Siqi Zhu
Associate Director, Public Realm
Sidewalk Labs

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Master Planning
The Resilient City
Dates: October 15 - 16, 2020
Location: Harvard University Campus
CEUs: 14 AIA/CES (HSW) | 14 AICP/CM | 14 LA/CES (HSW)
Tuition: $1,450