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RUDC Symposium 2023 Program

CITIES IN TRANSITION:
DESIGNING FOR A WORLD IN FLUX

The two-day symposium in Washington, DC, navigated emerging trends and technologies reshaping urban design. Day one featured rapid-fire presentations and panels. Day two offered immersive on-site tours and workshops across the DC region.

11.25 LU|7 HSW (AIA), 11.25 CM (AICP), 11.25 LA CES (ASLA)

DAY 1 PROGRAM - LECTURES + PANELS | OCTOBER 19, 2023 

8:00 AM

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

9:15 AM

10:45 AM

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

12:45 PM

1:30 PM

DOORS OPEN

BREAKFAST

OPENING

CLIMATE RESPONSE:

How Can Cities Increase Their Resilience to Climate Change? 

 

The impacts of climate change and the growing aspiration for healthy urban living are significantly impacting the design of our cities. This includes creating cities that can better respond to climate shocks and developing new environmentally responsive projects. This session seeks to transform the way we design and build cities, prioritizing the well-being of both people and the environment.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Jonathan Barnett, FAIA, FAICP, Professor of Practice Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

 

PANELISTS: 

Maria Antony Katticaran, Architect and Urban Designer, HDR

Manuel Sanchez-Ruiz, AIA, Principal, AECOM

Devanshi Purohit, AICP, Principal, CBT Architects

 

MODERATOR:

Scott Archer, AIA, AICP, RUDC Leadership Committee, Associate
DAVID RUBIN Land Collective

BREAK

ADAPTING FOR TOMORROW:

How Can Public Spaces Prepare for Future Challenges? 

 

In this session, we delve into the evolving urban landscapes, driven by the need for more pedestrian areas, expanded bicycle networks, and sustainable, inclusive spaces. Through lectures and panel discussion, this session explores topics such as equitable public transportation, resilient infrastructure, reimagined street designs, and the role of urban landscape in fostering identity and public engagement. The discussions highlight the importance of inclusivity, community recovery post-Covid, and collaborative efforts to create vibrant public spaces that prioritize people's needs, diverse land use, and economic stability. 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Gia Biagi, Principal of Urbanism, Studio Gang

 

PANELISTS:

Marcel Acosta, Executive Director, National Capital Planning Commission and Chair of the American Planning Association Urban Design and Preservation Division

David A. Rubin, PLA, FASLA, FAAR, Founding Principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective

Severn Clay-Youman, AIA, Principal, Civic Architecture Workshop

MODERATOR:

Peter Darby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, RUDC Leadership Committee, Founder, Darby Architecture

LUNCH

LUNCH PANEL -  SPOTLIGHT ON DC

PUBLIC SPACE BOOSTERS:

Unmasking Lessons Learned Since 2020 

 

Urban planners from four DC jurisdictions will examine how revamped public spaces can spur community recovery and investments post-Covid. Discussing various projects and places, they'll highlight how inclusivity, dynamism, physical changes, marketing, and teamwork can create vibrant public areas.

 

PANELISTS:

Adam Dodgshon, Planning Supervisor, Prince George’s County Planning Department

Alex Krefetz, Grants Management Specialist, Urban Design Division, previously with the DC Office of Planning

Katye North, AICP, Division Chief of Mobility Services, Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia

 

MODERATOR & PANELIST:

Jeff Jamawat, Urban Planner, National Capital Planning Commission, Physical Planning Division

TECH IMPACT:

How are Emerging Technologies Transforming Our Cities and Work? 

 

New technologies such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and drone delivery will shape the future form and function of our cities. They will also impact how we plan and design our cities using tools like parametric design, AI, and machine learning. This session will explore how emerging technologies are impacting cities and the way we design them.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Nico Larco, AIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Oregon

 

PANELISTS:

Agustin Chambard, Architect and Urban Designer, KGP Design Studio

Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, Professor, University of Tennessee

James Blackwood, CRO, Giraffe Technology Pty. Ltd.

Anand Rajagopal, Senior Manager, Machine Learning at Autodesk

 

MODERATOR:

Nathan Ogle, AIA, LEED AP, RUDC 2023 Chair, Founder, TRACTORgreen

3:00 PM

3:15 PM

4:45 PM

5:00 PM

BREAK

THE URBAN SHIFT:

How are Downtowns, Neighborhoods and Suburbs Changing? 

 

Changing work patterns, online shopping and the resulting post-pandemic economic shifts and social justice issues are driving significant transformations in our cities, prompting a reevaluation of the roles of downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburbs. This session will explore how cities can respond and adapt to these challenges.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 

Andre Brumfield, Assoc. AIA., Cities & Urban Design Leader, Principal, Gensler

 

PANELISTS: 

David Dixon, FAIA, Vice president, Stantec

Sheba Ross, AICP CUD, EcoDistricts AP, CDT, LEED AP, HKS, Partner and Global Practice Director, Cities & Communities

Laura Johnson, RA, LEED AP ND, Associate, Gehl

MODERATOR: 

Steven Wilson, AIA, AICP, RUDC Leadership Committee, Senior Associate, Gensler

BREAK

SPOTLIGHT ON DC

Fostering Inclusive Growth in a Rapidly Changing Environment 

 

This discussion is about the DC Downtown Public Realm Plan, a people-first initiative utilizing app data and public input to boost safety, diverse land use, and economic stability in DC's vibrant culture. Uncover how this innovative plan, enriched with cross-sector insights, is shaping the future of urban living.

 

PANELISTS:

Bobby Boone, Founder and Chief Strategist, &Access 

Jon Stover, Founder and Managing Partner, Jon Stover and Associates 

Timothy Maher, Program Officer, DC Office of Planning

MODERATOR: 

Julia Day, Partner and Team Director, Gehl

5:30 PM

6:30 PM

CLOSING

DAY 2 - TOURS | OCTOBER 20, 2023 

9:00 - 10:15 AM

1A - From Parking Lots to Places: The New Suburbanism at Pike and Rose, Montgomery County, MD

Discover Montgomery County's commitment to design, sustainability, and growth through the Pike and Rose development tour in North Bethesda. Learn about public art, energy efficiency, and urban planning that spurred over a billion dollars in adjacent developments.​

9:00 - 10:15 AM

1B - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) New HQ Tour & TOD

Explore Metro's new headquarters and see how mixed-use developments and public art are energizing Downtown DC. Engage in a TOD Workshop to discuss sustainability, resilience, and the potential impact of changing commuter patterns on ridership.

10:15 - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

TRAVEL TIME

2A - Union Market District

Discover the Union Market District in Washington and its evolution into a vibrant social hub with unique attractions like La Cosecha and an open-air rooftop. Learn about the district's rich history and transformation into a modern urban destination.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

2B - District Wharf

Delve into the revitalized District Wharf in Washington, DC, focusing on the unique Water Plan that converges boats, public spaces, dining, and culture. Learn how this innovative approach has created an engaging, sustainable destination filled with public art, open views, and community.

12:15 - 1:45 PM

1:45 - 2:45 PM

1:45 - 2:45 PM

LUNCH (at Union Market or the Wharf) + TRAVEL TIME

3A - Pennsylvania Avenue with the National Capital Planning Commission

Explore the 2022 transformation of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between the U.S. Capitol, and the White House, into a stage for national events. Learn about the design concepts elevating the avenue into an equitable, vital civic destination in the nation's Capital City.

3B - Anacostia + 11th Street Bridge Park

Tour Anacostia's 11th Street Bridge Park, gaining insight into the development of a vibrant public space designed to bridge social and economic divides. Learn about the project's history, community involvement, design challenges, and status, reflecting a commitment to equitable development and community connectivity.

2:45 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM

TRAVEL TIME

4A - National Landing at Crystal City

Explore National Landing at Crystal City, focusing on the transformative growth including Amazon's HQ2 and $12 billion in investments. Learn about the region's fastest-growing downtown, significant projects like Long Bridge and Route 1, and the vision to become a premier innovation district.

3:30 - 4:30 PM

4B - National Landing at Potomac Yard + Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

See how the National Landing at Potomac Yard transformed into a hub of 21st-century urban design, focusing on sustainability, resilience, and innovation. Learn about the green spaces and technologies led by JBG Smith and Virginia Tech, shaping the future of urban living.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

INFORMAL NETWORKING Water Bar at Water Park (1601 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202)

CE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

CLIMATE RESPONSE

Learn to identify and apply strategies for combating climate change-related challenges such as coastal floods, heavy rains, extreme heat, and wildfires in the context of urban environments.

 

Understand how to empower local communities for active participation in climate resilience planning and promoting social equity.

 

Discover methods to convert large, underutilized urban sites into climate-resilient communities, integrating ecological and cultural elements.

 

Analyze the principles of sustainable city planning, including ecological integration, diversity of employment hubs, accessible amenities, and sustainable transportation strategies.

ADAPTING FOR TOMORROW 

 Analyze the role of sustainable public transportation in fostering equitable urban development and accommodating varied transit modes.

 

Examine the impact of public art installations on community engagement, public space preservation, and economic activity.

 

Understand how urban landscape design can enhance community identity, inclusivity, and engagement.

 

Recognize the influence of culture and education on future city design, and how public spaces foster social interaction and cultural heritage.

 

Investigate the role of revamped public spaces in community recovery and investments post-Covid.

 

Discuss the importance of people-centric city planning in ensuring safety, diverse land use, and economic stability.

TECH IMPACT

Evaluate the impact of emerging technologies on enhancing the safety, health, and ecological sustainability of urban environments.

 

Explore how autonomous vehicles can improve urban streetscapes for greater pedestrian safety, accessibility, and overall welfare.

 

Understand the potential of drone-based transit to boost urban connectivity, promote social justice and enhance public welfare in medium-sized cities.

 

Learn about the role of AI and augmented reality in fostering sustainable urban planning that prioritizes public health, safety, and welfare.

 

THE URBAN SHIFT

Gain insights into the impacts of modern trends like climate change, AI, and social justice on urban revitalization and transformation of city landscapes.

 

Delve into inclusive, equitable urban design strategies and their potential impact on social justice in the evolving post-pandemic city context.

 

Investigate methods for transforming urban areas into vibrant, sustainable communities, addressing the unique challenges of downtown recovery.

 

Understand the concept and benefits of transit-oriented designs, highlighting their role in transforming isolated locations into neighborhood-scaled, socially interactive, and accessible developments.

 

Examine the process of suburban revitalization, focusing on the transformation of commercial zones into walkable, mixed-use areas that enhance public health and welfare.

 

Learn about different planning stages in effective urban redesign projects, with a focus on prioritizing health, and welfare in city transformations.

 

 

FROM PARKING LOTS TO PLACES

Explore the urban design, architecture, and development of Pike & Rose District to understand the urban form of suburban development outside Washington, DC.

 

Explain the planning legacy and tools used to influence development and design in this community.

 

Analyze environmental and sustainability measures implemented at both district and building scales.

Identify trends of suburban downtowns and new development and market pressures after the pandemic.

 

 

WMATA NEW HQ TOUR

Explore the impact of the new WMATA Headquarters facility on the development and evolving design of the L’Enfant Plaza neighborhood.

 

Examine the arts program as part of a holistic experience in design for public transit and public transit facilities, such as the new HQ.

 

Explore Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) principles and apply them to urban centers in the Washington region as it relates to WMATA resources.

 

Illustrate the importance of public transit in creating vibrant and equitable communities.

 

 

UNION MARKET DISTRICT

Explore the impact of the history and evolution of the Union Market District.

 

Examine the impact of markets on cities and important economic and social hubs, using Union Market as an example.

 

Discuss the development pressures and changes as it relates to equity, affordable housing, market-rate housing, and changes since the pandemic.

 

Explore how urban design impacts the success of retail-rich urban spaces.

 

 

DISTRICT WHARF

Explore the impact of the history and evolution of the District Wharf, especially as it relates to working waterfronts.

 

Examine the impacts of climate change on riverfront development.

 

Discuss the development pressures and changes as it relates to equity, affordable housing, market-rate housing, and changes since the pandemic.

 

Explore how strategic mixes of uses, intentional design guidelines, and phased development supported the success of the District Wharf in DC.

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE 

Examine the upcoming past and upcoming planning process for our nation’s most symbolic Avenue.

 

Illustrate how the Avenue can serve both federal/national symbolic functions while also serving the local workers, residents, and visitors as a vibrant urban street.

 

Discuss NCPC’s approach to design guidelines and streetscape character with a complex mix of uses and ownership.

 

Understand how civic infrastructure can serve as a platform for equitable access for all and ensure stewardship for centuries into the future.

 

 

ANACOSTIA + 11th STREET BRIDGE PARK 

Explore principles of equity and policies implemented to work against the negative pressures of gentrification from public investment in the Anacostia community of Washington.

 

Illustrate how long-range planning and design have become a model for the implementation of urban park and infrastructure projects across the nation.

 

Discuss how the reuse of infrastructure for new civic functions can contribute to healing the city and urban environment.

 

Identify how urban parks can contribute to environmental sustainability and increase wellness in communities.

 

 

NATIONAL LANDING AT CRYSTAL CITY 

Explore how incredible private and public investment in a set of aging communities supports a revived urban core for mixed-use development and communities.

 

Discuss how multifaceted projects from infrastructure to public space to architectural development and community facilities are contributing to the largest walkable downtown in Virginia.

 

Examine how the pandemic changed and/or amplified the development in National Landing and Crystal City.

 

Identify sustainability goals and illustrate how they’re being achieved through new construction and adaptive reuse.

 

 

NATIONAL LANDING AT POTOMAC YARD

Explore how incredible private development alongside massive public educational investment can create a catalyst for change in a community.

 

Discuss how land-banking planning strategies over the past decades set the stage for the walkable communities being developed today.

 

Examine the effect a new infill metrorail public transit station is having on the development and potential of National Landing and the Potomac Yard neighborhood.

 

Identify how innovation and technology goals support on-the-ground planning, urban design, and architectural strategies for creating places that people want to use and love.

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2023 RUDC Symposium

DAY 1 PROGRAM - LECTURES & PANELS | OCTOBER 19, 2023

  • Explore the future of city design through a full day of lectures and panel discussions.

  • Earn 7 LU|HSW (AIA), 7 CM (AICP), 7 LA CES (ASLA).

DAY 2 TOURS | OCTOBER 20, 2023

  • Discover Washington DC as your interactive learning lab.

  • Customize your visit, and select up to four individual tours.

  • Earn up to 4.25 LU (AIA), 4.25 CM (AICP), 4.25 LA CES (ASLA). 

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