A full-day premium event that's exploring the built world's most "disrupt-able" market: Cities.
We've been hearing for years about the enormous infrastructure needs facing cities, that cities are "disrupt-able" and ripe for change. But what's often left out of the conversation is how to capitalize on it.
The Cities Conference is a full-day premium event that will help you make sense of the crucial changes coming to our cities, including transit, waste, water, energy, buildings, and social infrastructure.
7:15 am – 7:50 am
7:50 am – 8:20 am
The difference between a typical industry event and a BuiltWorlds event? The quality of the people in the room. Speed networking is our way of connecting you with the other influencer’s in the room. We’ll show you the rules once you arrive!
8:20 am – 8:30 am
8:30 am – 9:00 am
A National City, Regional, and Infrastructure Plan
Many countries around the world have developed a national urban, regional, and rural plan that encompasses infrastructure, zoning, and general strategies for growth. During this discussion, we will look at some of the most effective plans that have been created and explore what the United States has failed to develop such a plan as well as the costs of not developing a plan. In doing so, we will consider some of the central adjustments that the US will have to make and how the US can create a strategy that will lead to a broader plan. This will involve asking about the central authority required for a plan as well as the need to balance state and federal concerns.
9:00 am – 9:30 am
The profession of urban planning has gone through a number of iterations over the last century. During this panel we will explore how the profession is perceived, what it hopes to accomplish, as well as how established firms contribute to the profession. Over the course of the conversation, we will explore the transition from a more traditional often policy driven planning approach to a more design driven approach that incorporates ecological concerns in order to support sustainable and resilient cities. We will also ask how urban planning varies between countries as well as what remains in common.
9:30 am – 10:00 am
The Whole City
It is essential to understand how the various neighborhoods and systems within a city relate both spatially as well as politically, economically, racially, and culturally. In understanding this relationship, it is critical to evaluate what parts are functioning, how well the parts are working together, and what the criteria is for evaluating success. During this discussion, we will explore the relationship between iconic projects such as Millennium Park and the neighborhoods, how the municipal government sets a planning agenda, how priorities are set, how do services such as police, fire, and education relate to a planning agenda, how do we think about tax base, TIF, transit oriented development, special economic zones, and affordable housing as it relates to urban planning.
10:00 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am – 10:45 am
Unequal development between the urban cores and neighborhoods has become increasingly common over the last decade. During this conversation we will explore the social side of urban policy and planning. In particular, we will look at the role that race, socio-economics, economic development programs, and affordability and equitable development play in the design and construction of cities. In asking these questions, we will explore how different cities balance development of high-rent areas with lower rent areas, how they ensure that neighborhoods remain diverse and affordable, what is working in different cities around the country. At the same time, we will ask how planners deal with neighborhoods suffering severe blight.
10:45 am – 11:15 am
Real Estate Development and the City
Private developers have been playing an ever increasing role in the future of cities via projects that have taken on increasingly large scales. During this conversation, we will explore how projects such as Hudson Yards, Union Point, Lincoln Yards, and The 78 among other meg-projects are reshaping the landscape of cities and are also creating new opportunities to deploy urban tech. We will look at the technologies that are being incorporated, how developers are analyzing demand for specific programs, sizing buildings, deciding between condo and apartment, and how they are thinking about design and development in the context of the broader city.