Choices for a 21st Century Dallas: Connecting People and Opportunities

AIA Dallas/ Greater Dallas Planning Council Transportation Summit

Summit Presentations
September 5, 2014
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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2600 Live Oak Street
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Join AIA Dallas and the Greater Dallas Planning Council at this educational event that encourages an all-inclusive discussion of transportation, mobility, livability and choice.

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Join us at the AIA Dallas/ Greater Dallas Planning Council Transportation Summit to explore mobility, livability and choice across our communities. The Summit will kick off the evening of Thursday, September 4th with a reception and keynote address by Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal & Director of Strategy at Nelson Nygaard, and will continue Friday, September 5th with a full day of presentations.

Schedule of Events:

Registration & Coffee: 7:30-8:00 a.m.

Welcome & Agenda: 8:00-8:15 a.m.

Historical Context of Mobility and Decision Impact: 8:15-9:00 a.m.
      Brent A. Brown, AIA, LEED-AP, Director, CityDesign Studio 
      Keith Manoy, Assistant Director of Public Works/ Transportation, City of Dallas

Regional Mobility: Strategies, Plans & Issues: 9:00-9:45 a.m.
      Introduction of Speaker: Terry Watson, P.E., AICP, Kimley-Horn
      Bill Hale, P.E., Metropolitan Districts Engineering Director, TxDOT

The Challenge of Choice: Economic, Social & Environmental Balance: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
      Introduction of Speaker: Eurico Francisco, AIA, HDR Architecture
      Alex Krieger, FAIA, Principal, NBBJ
Alex Krieger, FAIA, is now with NBBJ, a firm that claims to be a different kind of design practice, one that helps its clients drive innovation by creating highly productive, sustainable spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play as they were meant to. Professor Krieger will share insights about the relationships between infrastructure planning and urban planning. He’ll define the role(s) that architects and landscape architects can and should play in urban mobility planning and decision making about mobility choices. And he’ll speak about the design of roads and urban street networks – an essential ingredient of place making. He’ll also reflect on his role in balancing priorities in city planning … as in the "Balanced Vision Plan" which attempted to balance economic development, flood control, recreation and open space, environmental management, and multi-modal transportation.

Perspectives Panel: Legislative Issues and Public Policy: 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
      Moderator: Brandon Formby, Government and Politics Reporter, The Dallas Morning News
A conversation between various perspectives from state, county and city governments. Investments made in transportation infrastructure of all types are key in shaping economic opportunities, affecting quality of life and influencing access to jobs for the citizens of our communities.  Recent conversations in the media and in public discourse have touched on several projects of current interest including IH 345, the Trinity Parkway, IH 30 east of downtown, the Horseshoe Project, and the SH 183 toll lanes. Panelists include:
      Dr. Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Commissioner 
      Lee Kleinman, Dallas City Council

Lunch: 12:15-1:00 p.m.

Expanding Transportation Choices for Neighborhoods and Regional Needs: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
      Introduction of Speakers: Clifton Miller, President, Greater Dallas Planning Council
Presenters will distill the sprawling Dallas region down to an understandable framework of centers, linkages, and transportation choices that suit the needs of North Texans growing population, from the neighborhood level to the broader regional mobility.  The presenters will highlight the mix of sustainable development programs that maximize transportation choices – from active alternatives such as bicycling and walking, to high speed rail - and all set within the backdrop of the Dallas area’s changing demographic profile.
      Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) 
      Tom Shelton, Senior Project Manager, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) 
      Karla Weaver, AICP,  Program Manager, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) 

Balancing Transportation & Development Opportunities: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
      Moderator: Frank Bliss, President, Cooper + Stebbins
A panel of local developers will share insights on their quests for balance between mobility, connectivity and access to economic opportunities. Their variety of perspectives will reveal ways regional transportation decisions impact local investments. Panelists include:
      Monte Anderson, President, Options Real Estate
      Brent Jackson, President, Oaxaca Interests, LLC
      Scott Rohrman, 42 Real Estate, LLC
      Maria Loveland Schneider, President, Sustainable Development Resources

Livability & "New" Neighborhoods: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
      Introduction of Speaker: Peter Simek, Arts Editor, D Magazine
Kennedy will help us examine the relationships between infrastructure design and policy priorities, in the framework of urban form and emergent behavioral patterns.  He will help analyze the divergent conflicts between goals and visions – and the infrastructure we design, invest in, and build.  Included will be a critique of our current direction, and a discussion of potential steps to re-align goals, policies, and designs to unleash the real estate market so that it can deliver the kind of city - full of choices – in which we want to live.      
      Patrick Kennedy, FAICP, Partner, Space Between Design Studio; Founder and Creator of ANewDallas 

Perspectives Panel: Mobility Planning for Next Gen ROI: 4:15-5:30 p.m.
      Moderator: Scott Griggs, Dallas City Council
The learning/teaching relationship of next generations will be immense on all sides. Veteran activists and young people alike will have the opportunity to learn from each other as mobility options change by leaps and bounds. Transportation choices not even imagined today will continue to emerge. This panel will share insights on recent trends. Panelists include:
      Keith Manoy, Assistant Director of Public Works/ Transportation, City of Dallas
      Christian Yazdanpanah, Director, The Commit! Partnership
      David Marquis, Texas Conservation Alliance
      Roddrick West, HKS

Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here? 5:30-5:45 p.m.
      Introduction of Speaker: Lisa Lamkin, AIA, President, AIA Dallas
      Gail Thomas, PhD, Hon AIA, President & Executive Officer, The Trinity Trust Foundation

Reception: 5:45-6:45 p.m.

Full session descriptions and speaker bios


Thursday Reception & Keynote Only: $25
Friday Summit Only: $60
Thursday Keynote and Reception & Friday Summit: $75
Student: ‚ÄčThursday Keynote and Reception Only: $10
Student: Friday Summit Only: $30
Online registration is now closed. Please join us tonight and tomorrow as we will continue to take registrations at the door.

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