Presentation Topics

Presentation topics include: (partial list)

  • Healthy cities
    Urban planning for physical and social health. Aligning health and planning policies. Shaping the healthy city. Place-based strategies for healthy living. Healthy aging and the built environment. Identifying neighborhoods with populations at high risk of ill health. Healthy land use and transportation policies.
  • Child-friendly communities
    Impact of the built environment on children's health and development. Focusing on communities with children most in need. Ensuring independent mobility through walkable, bikable streets. No child left inside. Contact with nature for health and well-being. Designing nature spaces for children. How the environment teaches children spatial skills, autonomy and self-assurance. Learning social skills in public places. Teens' social development and community spaces. The role of familiar adults. Designing child-friendly neighborhood plazas. Multi-use schools as neighborhood centers.
  • Nature in the urban environment
    Importance of contact with nature for health and well-being. Natural urban places for exercise, adventure, relaxation and stimulation. Natural beauty and well-being. Designing and restoring nature classrooms, natural playgrounds, community gardens, parks, wild and incidental nature. Restoring biodiversity. Making nature accessible for all ages.
  • Public health and planning issues
    Health effects of sprawl and distressed inner city areas. Obesity and land use patterns. Absence of community and social pathology. Dangers of social isolation for youth and the elderly. Availability of fresh food. Effects of environmental ugliness and degradation.
  • Rebuilding place-based community
    Facilitating community through land use and urban design. Complete and inclusive communities. Social networks, physical and social health. Competent community, collective efficacy. Role of community in child development. Social life in public and civic awareness. Community festivals and social well-being.
  • Public places for social life and civic engagement
    How streets and squares foster social interaction. Designing and reviving town squares for community social life. Civic plazas to support civic engagement. Beauty and amenity to generate well-being.
  • Mixed-use urban fabric
    Mixed use and walkability. New neighborhoods with mixed-use fabric. Urban regeneration through mixed-use infill and restoration. New designs for human scale multifamily mixed-use. Zoning changes to encourage compact mixed use.
  • Community participation
    Children and youth participate in public art, neighborhood improvement, restoring nature. Social consequences of participation – building self confidence, community pride, cross-generational networks, developing skills.
  • Promoting healthy transportation modes
    Making cities pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. Bicycle planning principles and techniques. Planning for commuting by foot and bike. Integrating transit and land use for the walkable city.
  • Urban villages and towns
    Designing complete towns. Transforming suburban malls into mixed-use town centers. Creating urban villages at public transit hubs.
  • Regional planning for healthy cities
    Sustainable regional transportation & land-use planning. Promoting regional identity. Cities and counties collaborate to curb sprawl. Focusing development in town centers. Achievements in limiting big box retail.
  • Traditional town planning
    New town planning on traditional principles. Historical models. Regional architecture and identity. Can we learn from Europe?
  • Green buildings, green neighborhoods
    Sustainable land-use planning and urban design. Sustainable community development. Green buildings, healthy buildings. Sustainability through regional planning.
  • Innovative teaching models
    Integrating public health and planning. Teaching human aspects of architecture and urban design.