The Walkable City

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  • The Walkable City



    June 13, 14, 2022
    Harvard University Campus

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Dates: June 13, 14, 2022
Time: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Location: Harvard University Campus
CEUs: 14 AIA LUs (HSW), 14 AICP/CM, 14 LA/CES (HSW)
AMDP Elective Units: 2
Tuition: $1,600
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Program size is limited and early registration is recommended.
Please review our cancellation and discount policies prior to registering.

Program Description

What makes a place walkable? What do design professionals, engineers, developers, and public officials need to know if they are to make, streets, landscapes, and communities more attractive to pedestrians?

Join Jeff Speck, author of the best-selling Walkable City, for a comprehensive two-day course on the most effective arguments, techniques, and tools for reshaping places in support of walking, biking, and transit, including a design charrette with Somerville, MA chief planner George Proakis.

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We will start by asking why walkability is desirable: most communities support the concept of walkability as a matter of course, but this commitment can waver in the face of countervailing pressures from entrenched interests. You will learn the most powerful economic, epidemiological, and environmental arguments for making a sustained investment in walking, biking, and transit.

The central segment of the course will focus in great depth on the following ten strategies for making better places: Put Cars in Their Place; Mix the Uses; Get Parking Right; Let Transit Work; Protect the Pedestrian; Welcome Bikes; Shape the Spaces; Plant Trees; Make Friendly and Unique Faces; and Pick Your Winners.

Jeff Speck has completed fifteen Walkability Studies over the past fifteen years, and will show you how to complete such plans in your communities.

Finally, you will get some hands-on experience. The nearby City of Somerville has been working on the redevelopment of neighborhoods surrounding new rail stations on the MBTA’s planned Green Line extension. One of these neighborhoods has had its design delayed due to utility issues, but, soon, it will be time to make new proposals. City of Somerville planning staff, led by chief planner George Proakis, will join the class for a half-day mini-charrette, during which you will visit several locations in Somerville and return to the classroom to design possible solutions by applying the walkability principles you have learned.

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Who Should Attend

Design professionals, engineers, developers, community leaders, and public officials.

Please note that walking the streets of Cambridge and Somerville is a part of the program. Please contact our office if you are interested in this program and may require assistance.

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The Ten Steps of Walkability

The central segment of the course will focus in great depth on the following ten strategies for making better places:

  1. Put Cars in Their Place: Equitable planning around the automobile.
  2. Mix the Uses: Strategies for getting more housing downtown.
  3. Get Parking Right: The wisdom of Donald Shoup.
  4. Let Transit Work: Creating transit riders by choice.
  5. Protect the Pedestrian: All the details that embody the Safe Walk.
  6. Welcome Bikes: Current best practices in cycle networks.
  7. Shape the Spaces: The role of figural space.
  8. Plant Trees: Monetizing the manifold benefits of street trees.
  9. Make Friendly and Unique Faces: Active facades and the role of architects.
  10. Pick Your Winners: Urban Triage as a technique for expanding success.

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn the most powerful economic, epidemiological, and environmental arguments for making a sustained investment in walking, biking, and transit.
  • Discuss ten strategies for making better places: The Ten Steps of Walkability.
  • Learn how to do a Walkability Study.
  • Brainstorm and Charrette the redevelopment of a neighborhood surrounding a new rail station along the MBTAs Green Line expansion.

Course - Testimonial - Walkable City

"Wow! Overall knowledge is off the chart. Was totally engaged throughout the class. Thought-provoking and well-paced."

"Loved getting insight from a city official who is fighting for change everyday."

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The General Theory of Walkability:
Jeff Speck @ TEDx MidAtlantic

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The Walkable City:
Jeff Speck at TEDCity2.0

Course - Instructor - George Proakis

Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, City of Somerville
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The Walkable City
Dates: June 13, 14, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Location: Harvard University Campus
CEUs: 14 AIA LUs (HSW), 14 AICP/CM, 14 LA/CES (HSW)
AMDP Elective Units: 2
Tuition: $1,600.00

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Program size is limited and early registration is recommended.
Please review our cancellation and discount policies prior to registering.