2013 Emerging Mid-South Cities: Leading by Design

Raleigh Marriott City Center
February 22, 2013, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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NC State University College of Design in conjunction with the Department of City Planning, Urban Design Center and NC State Foundation

The mid-sized city has become an increasingly attractive location choice. As a region, the South is leading the nation’s growth, creating both challenges and opportunities. On this 10th anniversary, the Urban Design Conference will specifically address the unique issues facing our mid-sized cities. Case studies and best practices will examine how urban design and planning strategies can lead our cities to become more sustainable, healthy and economically vibrant.

Free Public Lecture

Olympic Games: A Catalyst for Urban Regeneration
Bill Hanway, AIA, AECOM
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
Burns Auditorium, Kamphoefner Hall
NC State University


Friday, February 22, 2013
Raleigh Marriott City Center

Urban Design Conference 2013 – Introduction – Marvin Malecha from NC State – College of Design on Vimeo.


Time Event
7:15 am
Registration and check-in opens/Continental Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am
Welcome by Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA
8:15 am
Adaptive Leadership in an Environment of Change by Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth
9:15 am
Will Southern Cities Lead the Way? by Mitchell Silver, AICP, and Emerging Mid-South Cities Report by Dan Douglas, AICP
10:15 pm
Case Study Break-Out Sessions A
11:15 pm
Coffee Break
11:30 pm
Case Study Break-Out Sessions B
12:30 pm
Lunch and Panel Session: Common Threads: Advancing the Mid-South Urban Agenda
2:00 pm
Investing in Success: Is Your City Ready? by Kurt Hartman, Hines
3:00 pm
Brownie Break
3:15 pm
Design. Values. Cities. by Mark Johnson, FASLA, Civitas
4:15 pm
Closing Remarks by Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, and Robin Abrams, Ph.D., AIA, ASLA
4:45 pm


Keynote Presentations

Adaptive Leadership in an Environment of Change presented by Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth
Mayor Betsy Price is the 44th Mayor of the City of Fort Worth. Located in the heart of Texas, Fort Worth is the 16th largest city in the U.S. with a population of more than 760,000. Thanks to a strong workforce, safe communities, a business friendly environment and a low cost of living, Fort Worth has faced extraordinary growth over the last 20 years. But adding roughly 20,000 new residents a year places some remarkable pressures on local leaders and residents as they fight to protect their vibrant, livable communities. Mayor Price will talk about what’s going on in Fort Worth, and how being an adaptive leader in an environment of change has helped her city maintain its identity and become a more sustainable community. Conference participants will learn about Fort Worth initiatives such as rolling town halls by bicycle, designated urban villages and urban design districts within the city, the integration of public health into planning and development policies and how building alliances across constituencies can help achieve long term goals for city planning and design.

Urban Design Conference 2013 – Adaptive Leadership in an Environment of Change – Betsy Price from NC State – College of Design on Vimeo.

Will Mid-South Cities Lead the Way? presented by Mitchell Silver, AICP and Dan Douglas, AICP
Many cities in the United States came of age in the 20th century faced with the challenge of urbanization. Today, many sunbelt cities have come of age in the 21st century faced with the challenge of suburbanization. While some cities are shrinking, sunbelt cities continue to experience rapid growth and change. Many of those cities are in the south. Will mid-South lead the way in planning for 21st century cities of the future? Learn the reasons why this region continues to grow as other cities “shrink.” Find out about the challenges specifically facing mid-sized cities in the South and how the region can best take advantage of opportunities to grow in smart, sustainable that can lead to resilience and economic stability. A round-up of interesting data points for metropolitan mid-south cities will provoke thoughtful consideration as the day’s discussions continue.

Urban Design Conference 2013 – Will Mid South Cities Lead the Way? – Mitchell Silver from NC State – College of Design on Vimeo.

Common Threads: Advancing the Mid-South Urban Agenda panel discussion with Robin Abrams, Ph.D, AIA, ASLA; Dan Douglas, AICP; Tim Davey, PE; Mary Newsom; Danny Pleasant; and Irene Dumas Tyson, AICP, Assoc. AIA
Despite the global economic downturn, cities in the mid-south continue to grow. In this session, panelists will discuss opportunities and challenges facing the design and planning of mid-sized cities in the Mid-South. Drawing upon a series of fourteen listening sessions held across North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina, specific topics will include preparing infrastructure for future transit, curbing sprawl while directing growth toward density, promoting collaboration among public and private entities and revitalizing the downtown core. Informed by sixteen myriad case studies presented in sessions preceding the panel which specifically addressed these topics, panelists will explore the common threads that these cities face and ways in which connections among the cities could be strengthened to advance a common urban agenda for all cities in the Mid-South. Conference attendees are encouraged to participate in this regional discussion.

Urban Design Conference 2013 – Common Threads: Advancing the Mid-South Urban Agenda – Panel from NC State – College of Design on Vimeo.

Investing in Success: Is Your City Ready?
Kurt Hartman has spent his career developing mixed-use real estate projects in urban centers across the southeast. His company, Hines, Southeast Regional Office, carefully analyzes which communities to invest their time and resources based on specific factors which they feel help to ensure the success of the projects that they choose to develop. His remarks will focus on those critical criteria that they look for in mid-sized cities and why some places are benefiting from how they are addressing the common issues facing this region while some communities always seem to be on the verge of moving forward but never capitalize on those opportunities. Conference participants will learn about the criteria developers use to predict the success of urban and mixed-use development projects. They will learn about the factors that enhance collaborative efforts between developers, designers and government and they will explore a number of development examples illustrating how partnership efforts can lead to benefits for cities well beyond the project itself.

Urban Design Conference 2013 – Investing in Success: Is Your City Ready? – Kurt Hartman from NC State – College of Design on Vimeo.

Design. Values. Cities. presented by Mark Johnson, FASLA
This presentation will investigate the role of design in expressing social, cultural and economic values as a means to enrich, authenticate and increase the value of the city to people. The old design adage “less is more” is appealing until you recognize that in the design of cities and their public realm, less cannot mean more. With the increasing diversity of cities, changing technologies and growing concern for climate, equity and public health, a city in fact must mean more to more people if it is to be sustained. Conference participants will learn about approaches to increasing the impact of design on making relevant change. Johnson will explore recognition of new issues and factors that are impacting the role that designers can play to increase their relevance and effectiveness and offer ideas and techniques that are giving design a higher profile in connecting public policy, community issues and design outcomes through greater leadership.

Urban Design Conference 2013 – Design. Values. Cities. – Mark Johnson from NC State – College of Design on Vimeo.

Urban Design Conference 2013 – Closing Remarks – Marvin Malecha and Robin Abrams from NC State – College of Design on Vimeo.

Case Study Sessions:

Session A:
Transportation Challenges
Bridging the French Broad: Creating Connected and Livable Communities by Chris Joyell, Executive Director, Asheville Design Center
Winston-Salem-Creative Corridors: A Bold Proposal by Russ DuBois, Executive Director

Downtown Revitalization
The Richmond Riverfront Plan: Redefining the City-River Relationship by Mark Olinger, Director of Planning & Development Review, City of Richmond
Greenville’s Riverfront – Center to Edge and Back Again by Brett Wylie, Senior Landscape Architect, JACOBS

Growth and Sprawl
Imagine What’s Next – Nexton, A Master-Planned Community in the Charleston Tri-County Region by Norman Brody, Director of Commercial Development, MWV Corporation
Charlotte-Large Format Retail in the Urban Context: Southborough by Monte Ritchey, Conformity Corporation

Partnership and Leadership
Action Greensboro: Six Foundations Collaborate to Create Jobs and Economic Development, Walker Sanders, President, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Spartanburg-Partnerships before Planning: Commitment and Buy-in Precede Design of the New Northside by Chris Story, Assistant City Manager

Session B:

Transportation Challenges
Charlotte LYNX Blue Line Light Rail by John Muth, Deputy Director for Development and
Chief Development Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System
The Norfolk Tide Light Rail System – A New Direction in Transit by Ray Amoruso Chief Planning and Development Officer, Hampton Roads Transit

Downtown Revitalization
Raleigh –High Density Residential Infill by Neil Gray, AIA, Principal and David Brown, ASLA, Senior Associate, JDavis Architects
The ‘Tipping’ Point: Downtown Durham’s American Tobacco District by Bill Kalkhof, President, Downtown Durham, Inc.

Growth and Sprawl
Aligning Public and Private Investment to Implement Raleigh’s Comprehensive Plan by Kenneth Bowers, AICP, Deputy Planning Director, City of Raleigh
City of Virginia Beach–Managing Growth in Virginia’s Largest City and the Legacy of “The Green Line” by Jeryl Rose Phillips, AICP, Comprehensive Planning Coordinator

Partnership and Leadership
Wilmington’s South Front Urban Redevelopment by Cothran Harris, AIA, Cothran Harris Architecture
Chattanooga-Main Terrain: Art, Exercise and Stormwater by Thomas Sayre, Principal, Clearscapes

Public Lecture Speaker: Thursday, February 21 at the NC State College of Design

Bill Hanway is AECOM’s Executive Vice President for Building + Places in the Americas. Building + Places is the global design, engineering, cost estimating and strategic consultancy team for AECOM comprising some 10,000 staff around the world. Trained and qualified as an architect in the United States and based in London since 1996, Bill balances operational leadership with project-based delivery. He provides the design leadership management of AECOM’s multidisciplinary team and works in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. His work focuses on major urban regeneration projects, and sports masterplanning. His recent projects include the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Legacy Masterplan, a new campus extension for Cambridge University, and the Heart of Doha Masterplan in Qatar. He also worked on the masterplan for the Kings Waterfront in Liverpool which includes the WEA Arena, and on the Eastlands Sports City masterplan for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Bill headed AECOM’s team which won the international competition to provide the masterplan for the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games.


Urban Design Conference Keynote Speakers, Friday, February 22 at Raleigh Marriott City Center

Kurt A. Hartman is Senior Managing Director at Hines. Since joining Hines in 1990, Mr. Hartman has been involved with the development, acquisition and asset management of over 12 million square feet of office and mixed-use projects. Currently Mr. Hartman is the officer responsible for the oversight of the Hines’ activities in Atlanta, Georgia and other parts of the Southeast, including a portfolio of 11 office properties containing over 6.7 million square feet and mixed-use land developments containing over 670 acres. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Case Western University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.




Mark Johnson has been a presenter and moderator at national events annually for 25 years. He is well known as at thought leader among landscape architects, with an emphasis on the role that landscapes, landscape systems and nature can play in urban development and redevelopment. Over these years his work, and speaking engagements, have gone deeper and deeper into the relationships between the form and function of cities, with the outcomes that result such as social engagement and public health. Mark is a regular speaker and or moderator at national conferences of ULI, ASLA and the International Academy for Design and Health. He was a founding member of the Harvard Working Group for Sustainable Cities, member of advisory boards and frequent speaker at Universities. Mark has a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard, 1982, with Distinction and dozens of subsequent awards from national organizations. Professionally Mark has worked on major urban regeneration and public space projects on both coasts and in many cities in between. Recent works include the San Diego North Embarcadero, the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, Redevelopment of Stapleton International Airport, Museum Park on the Miami Waterfront, the St. Louis Northside Regeneration project, the Sherman Creek Waterfront Master Plan, Manhattan, and dozens more. He is currently a member of the ULI Awards Jury and was Faculty for the Rose Fellowship of ULI in Detroit in 2011.

Mayor Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th Mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Mayor Price has been a leader in the Fort Worth community serving on numerous boards, commissions and professional associations. Her roles a businesswoman and community activist has garnered her the reputation as an innovator with strong leadership in solving some of the most pressing issues in one of Texas’s fastest-growing cities. Throughout her early tenure, Mayor Price has been focused on fiscal responsibility, creating a stronger economy through public/private partnerships, and strengthening our neighborhoods through her faith-based and citywide health engagement initiative. Since taking office, Mayor Price has been a tireless advocate for smart urban design in order to slow urban sprawl, slow the growing demand on public infrastructure, improve mobility, protect the environment and preserve natural resources. She believes growing large cities requires a particular focus on “growing up,” rather than “growing out” with a particular emphasis on championing alternative modes of transportation. In little more than a year, Mayor Price has turned the city’s attention toward adding miles of bike lanes and developing a pedestrian plan to improve safety. She is also a significant advocate for cleaner, more efficient commuter rail as an alternative to cars and trucks. All of these activities and more are encompassed by an over-arching philosophy of putting citizens in the driver seat by giving them a strong voice in the development of their city through innovative public engagement strategies.


Mitchell SilverMitchell J. Silver, AICP, is the Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer in the City of Raleigh, North Carolina and is currently serving as the national president of the American Planning Association. Silver is an award-winning planner with more than 25 years of planning experience. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in the profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. Before coming to Raleigh in 2005 as planning director, Silver worked as policy and planning director in New York City, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey and deputy planning director in Washington, D.C. He has taught graduate planning courses at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute, and North Carolina State University. As planning director in Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process. He is now overseeing a rewrite of the city’s Development Code


Conference Moderator

Robin Abrams, Ph.D., AIA, ASLA, is professor and Head of NC State University’s School of Architecture. She is a registered architect and landscape architect specializing in inner city revitalization, housing, and city design. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. She earned a degree in Urban Studies from Northwestern University, a Masters in Community & Regional Planning and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate in Landscape Studies from the University of Sheffield, England. Dr. Abrams has worked in the field of urban design since 1979. During that time, she has produced over thirty master plans, and assisted several cities in development of their Main Street Urban Design Plans. She has served as a resource for the AAF Sustainable Cities Design Academy. Dr. Abrams has been Head of the School of Architecture at NC State since 2008, and is currently instigating the College of Design’s Healthy and Sustainable Cities Initiative.

Panelists and Track Leaders

Dan Douglas, AICP, has twenty years of experience in urban planning, strategic planning and economic development. He is currently the Director of Urban Planning at KlingStubbins Architects, a Jacobs Company. His public sector experience includes seven years as the founder and Director of the Raleigh Urban Design Center – charged with revitalizing downtown Raleigh. He led the city’s strategic planning effort that leveraged over $2.5 billion dollars of downtown investment. In 2008, Douglas was honored to receive the first ever Downtown Advocate Award from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.  In 2007, Douglas was awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship. He used his fellowship to study the influence of the introduction of high-speed rail in Spain, the emergence of new urban eco-districts in Germany and European models of economic development in support of innovation, sustainability and the creative class.  Dan is a sought after speaker on the topic of urban revitalization. He has been a guest on NPR’s The State of Things. He has spoken at more than twenty conferences–locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, he has testified before the Joint Committee on Redevelopment and the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee of the North Carolina General Assembly on downtown revitalization issues. Dan will present the Mid-South Cities Report and serve as a panelist.

Tim Davey, PE, is a Principal at Timmons Group; a 260 person regional consulting firm located in Richmond. Tim focuses on Urban Re-development and Economic Development projects as well as leading the Business Development and Marketing efforts for the firm. Tim has worked extensively with local and regional developers on urban infill, community revitalization, and historic tax credit projects throughout Virginia. Previous economic development projects include the Main Street Station Renovation in downtown Richmond and the Broad Street Community Development Authority. Tim also co-founded the Richmond Ballpark Initiative (RBI) which continues to explore how to best leverage Minor League Baseball as an urban economic driver within the Richmond Region. Tim is a graduate of Michigan Technological University. He has been an active member of the Greater Richmond Chamber and is currently serving as a Chairman Circle Member. He is also on the Board and Executive Committee of Venture Richmond and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute – Richmond. Panelist and Track Leader: Partnership and Leadership.

Irene Dumas Tyson, AICP, Associate AIA, is the Director of Planning for The Boudreaux Group. She brings broad experience and knowledge in urban and town planning and design, campus master planning, community visioning and development, and historic preservation. Before moving to South Carolina, Irene served as the Director of Education Programs for The American Institute of Architects and as the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architecture Students in Washington, DC. Since moving to South Carolina in 1995, Irene has been a leader in community development and design through her work with the South Carolina Downtown Development Association, the South Carolina Design Arts Partnership and as the creator and founding director of the South Carolina Mayors’ Institute for Community Design. Prior to joining The Boudreaux Group, Irene was a Senior Planner with Carter Goble Lee, working on master planning projects in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Hawaii, and Florida. Irene is a 2011 graduate of the Urban Land Institute Sustainable Leadership Institute and serves on the ULI Midlands Council Executive Committee. She is a former trustee of Leadership South Carolina and former board member of the Saluda Shoals Foundation. A native of Prentiss, Mississippi, she received her Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University, where she serves on the School of Architecture Advisory Council and has been recognized as an Alumni Fellow. Panelist and Track Leader: Downtown Revitalization.

Mary Newsom is Associate Director of Urban and Regional Affairs at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Mary is a lifelong newspaper journalist who spent several decades at The Charlotte Observer as an editorial board member and columnist, concentrating on Charlotte regional urban and suburban growth, planning, urban design, transportation and land preservation. She left the Observer and joined the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in June 2011, where she works on strategic community and university partnerships and oversees the institute’s online communications. She had a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami. She holds an A.B. in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. Panelist and Track Leader: Growth and Sprawl.

Danny Pleasant is the Director of the City of Charlotte’s Transportation Department. He is responsible for road and transportation planning and operations, including policy development and neighborhood traffic projects (street lights, street and sidewalk construction and maintenance, traffic signal operations, pedestrian and bicycle programs, and right-of-way management). He also oversees capital project prioritization. The Department is responsible for 2,100 miles of streets and traffic signals at more than 630 intersections. The Department also provides planning services for the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization and recently developed a Transportation Action Plan (TAP) to deal with expected growth in the next 25 years. Pleasant joined the City of Charlotte in 2002, following a 14-year career as Transportation Planning Bureau Chief for the City of Orlando, Florida. He also worked as a transportation planner for the cities of Atlanta, Georgia, and Chapel Hill and Fayetteville, North Carolina. He received his master’s degree in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and his bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from NC State University. Pleasant is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is affiliated with Walkable Communities and has served on several of its expert advisory teams focusing on finding solutions to urban design problems. Panelist and Track Leader: Transportation Challenges.





AIA Triangle


USGBC NC Chapter


Adams an Oldcastle company

Clancy & Theys

Clark Nexsen


ColeJenest & Stone

DHM Design

Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Duda/Paine Architects

Empire Properties

The Freelon Group Architects

JDavis Architects

The John R. McAdams Company, Inc.


Morningstar Law Group


Parsons Brinckerhoff

Raleigh Economic Development

RATIO Architects

Principal, Clearscapes

Robin Abrams, Ph.D., AIA, ASLA
Head, School of Architecture
NC State University College of Design

Elizabeth Alley
Planner II, City of Raleigh Urban Design Center

Michael Cole, ASLA
Principal, ColeJenest & Stone

Walt Cole, AIA
Asssociate, Clark Nexsen Architecture and Engineering

Sean A. Dolle, PE, LEED AP

Daniel T. Douglas, AICP
Director of Urban Planning and Design, KlingStubbins

Aliaa Elabd
Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Architecture
NC State University College of Design

Gene Bressler, FASLA
Head, Department of Landscape Architecture
NC State University College of Design

George Hallowell, AIA
Ph.D. in Design Student
NC State University College of Design

Paul Lipchak, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Architect, The Freelon Group

Grant Meacci, ASLA, LEED AP
Division Manager, City of Raleigh Urban Design Center

Paul F. Morris, FASLA
Landscape Architect

Celen Pasalar, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Research and Extension, Extension Associate Professor
NC State University College of Design

Roula Qubain, AIA, LEED AP
Regional Director

Traci Rose Rider, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Director, Downtown Studio, Research Associate
NC State University College of Design
Partner, Trace Collaborative

Rodney Swink, FASLA,
Adjunct Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
NC State University College of Design

Ex officio

Dean Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA
NC State University College of Design

Mitchell J. Silver, AICP
Director, City of Raleigh Department of City Planning

Conference Director

Jean Marie Livaudais
Director of Professional Relations
NC State University College of Design