Urban Design Education Forums 2013-2014

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Raleigh 2025 - What’s Downtown Got To Do With It?

The Downtown conversation continues with a look to how the city will fare over the next 10+ years. The upcoming series will address how the city will look, feel, and function. We continue to examine how people who live, work, or visit experience the place by taking into consideration:

  • What innovations are likely to be implemented?
  • How will people move around the city and beyond?
  • How will people live and is the quality of life enhanced or diminished?
  • How will the city be feeding itself in an era of diminishing resources and increasing carbon footprint?
  • What is the employment perspective?
  • Which industries will lead the city to the future?
  • What can visitors expect?
  • What will the tourism industry look like?
  • How will children and the elderly experience the city?
  • What can and should we do?
  • Will the creative sector have a place in Raleigh’s future?
  • What does it look like?

October 23, 2013

The Great American Downtown - 2025
Mitchell J. Silver, Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director, City of Raleigh

  • What is the experience of place in great cities of the future?
  • How can Raleigh make it happen?
  • Who will be living in Raleigh in 2025?

October 30, 2013

Urban Forestry - Sustainable Street Tree Requirements for New Development
Sally T. Thigpen, Assistant Parks Superintendent, and Zac Manor, Urban Forester, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources

  • What are sustainable street trees and how are they implemented in Raleigh and other cities?
  • How does the urban forest benefit citizens and pay them back?
  • How will development requirements for street trees look and feel in Raleigh now and in the future?
  • Sustainable Tree Requirements

November 13, 2013

Future Food Raleigh: Feeding the Metropolis
Erin White, Founder, Community Food Lab, and Lecturer in Architecture, NC State University

  • In the year 2025 will our food come from farms, or factories, or laboratories?
  • Will the shape of rapidly growing cities actually help feed those cities?
  • Will Raleigh be a place of food security or food scarcity?

December 4, 2013

Jobs + Talent 2025
James Sauls, Director, Economic Development, and Derrick Minor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager, City of Raleigh, Economic Development Department

  • What types of industries are we trying to grow locally and recruit nationally?
  • How important is talent recruitment and retention to a community?
  • How do you establish a culture of innovation and creativity?

January 15, 2014

Raleigh’s Hidden Water: Piped Creeks Revealed
Carla Radoslovich Delcambre, PLA, Assistant Professor, NC State University, College of Design

  • How can our creeks (Pigeon House Branch) and tributaries (Little Creek) downtown be turned into amenities, encourage recreation and ecological education downtown?
  • Will future development impact surrounding creeks?
  • Can spaces along these creeks promote a healthier watershed + encourage a healthier community?

January 22, 2014

Is Housing a Choice?
Gregg Warren, President, DHIC, Inc., and Roland Gammon, White Oak Properties and DHIC, Inc. Board Member

  • What are our housing development and redevelopment patterns going to look like?
  • Will we be able to maintain mix of housing choice/options at different price points?
  • Does it matter if we don’t have a range of housing choices?

February 5, 2014

Stormwater in Raleigh: Time for an Upgrade?
Kevin Boyer, Engineer, Water Quality Group, City of Raleigh, Stormwater Management Division

  • How have Raleigh and other cities managed stormwater up to now, and why?
  • Why change how we think about and manage stormwater?
  • What might the future of Raleigh’s stormwater management look like, and why?

February 12, 2014

Back to the Future in Raleigh
Eric Lamb, PE, Transportation Planning Manager, City of Raleigh

  • How will people move in the City of Tomorrow?
  • How will the evolution of technology change the way we need to travel?
  • Are there places around the world today where we can glimpse the future?

March 19, 2014

Ten Years Out: How Shall Downtown Living Be for Children, Families, and Elders?
Anne S. Franklin, Downtown Living Advocates

  • What do middle schoolers have to say today?
  • Will aging in place for seniors be a viable option?
  • What will parents of pre-schoolers want?

April 23, 2014

Population Growth, Sustainability, and the Need for Urban Greenspace
Danesha Seth Carley, PhD., Assistant Professor, Department of Crop Science, NC State University

  • Is there a place for “green space” in the city of the future?
  • How can we increase and protect our green space and what value does that bring to our community?
  • How will the city be feeding itself in an era of diminishing resources and increasing carbon footprint?

May 21, 2014

Downtown: An Engine for Wake County’s Tourism Strategy
David Diaz, CEO, Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and Julie Brakenbury, Director of Services, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • What is the role of a downtown in attracting visitors?
  • What are downtown Raleigh’s key strengths challenges as a center for tourism?
  • How does the visitor bureau quantify the economic impact of downtown Raleigh’s tourism assets?

June 18, 2014

The Future of Solid Waste Management in Raleigh
Bianca Howard, Community Education Specialist, City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services

  • What will we consider waste in 2025?
  • What will waste collection look like?
  • How can we manage materials to capture their economic value and reduce environmental pollution?

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