Save the date for Urbanism Next 2020!

We are pleased to announce that the National Urbanism Next Conference will be held May 14-15, 2020 in Portland, OR! More details will be forthcoming soon, but we hope you mark your calendars now and plan to join us next year. We’ll also be sure to announce when our call for proposals is open. This field is evolving at a rapid clip—what will/should we be talking about in 2020? We hope you’ll help us shape those conversations in the coming months.

In the meantime, you can check out many of the presentation slides from this year’s conference, which are now online! There were so many great discussions and sessions, and we’re glad to be able to provide this window to the conference. Thank you again to all of our speakers for sharing your knowledge, insights, ideas, suggestions, lessons learned, and more!

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  1. Gary R. Collins, AIA

    AV-itis is a disease, and Urbanism Next has caught it. Main side effect: virtual irrelevance to fixing global warming, overconsumption, and to nurturing place-making.

  2. Greg Steckler

    I think not, Gary R. Collins, AIA. Urbanism Next is an academic approach to AV’s, e-commerce, and the shared economy. I suggest you study the categories on the right of this page and see what the future holds. It’s coming whether you like it or not. Decommodification, living green, and the desire for pleasing spaces in the built environment are great goals but usually whither in the face of regulation, demand for housing, equity in all its forms, and the relentless march of technology. Bend it as much as you can, but its coming.

  3. Gary R. Collins, AIA

    I think SO, Greg Steckler. Default to a claim of inevitability for one’s point of view is not an argument. AV-fliction does not tell us what or whom the city is for, nor resolve any other issue, including”mobility”. AV-idity just insists that its own inevitability is the master and we must be its thralls; it is not honest academics, but surrender to the failed urban paradigm of sprawl. Being somewhere worthwhile is at least as important as getting anywhere, and even owning a Stradivarius does not justify fiddling while the globe burns.

  4. Gary R. Collins

    The Point, Greg: vehicular based cites dominated by cars and trucks, where all planning is strongly influenced by high-speed at-grade transit, are sprawling failures of human imagination, where the populace doesn’t know itself or have a human/child centric idea of what the purpose of might should be. AV transit is a distinction with no real difference, and does not warrant academic shills.

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