2014 Density in Place: Design Works

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11th Annual Urban Design Conference

Raleigh Marriott City Center
Friday, March 7, 2014, 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

Density in Place: Design Works

The Mid-South Region will grow and transform considerably during the next twenty years. How it grows is important. While growth is inevitable, density is a choice. In order to accommodate forecasted growth while simultaneously stewarding natural resources, we must consider more compact and dense forms of growth and development. The NC State College of Design 2014 Urban Design Conference will explore, discuss and reconsider density, including appropriate densities for the region. Evidence-based case studies and design best practices will examine density in the context of downtown, suburbs and metro landscapes. Topics will include placemaking, environmental impact, neighborhood transition, infill, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, context sensitive design, entrepreneurial initiatives, green infrastructure and resilient design.

Free Public Lecture

presented by City of Raleigh Appearance Commission
Social Justice: The Next Green Infrastructure
Kurt Culbertson, CEO, Design Workshop
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:00 pm
Clearscapes Event Space
311 W. Martin St., Raleigh


Friday, March 7, 2014
Raleigh Marriott City Center

Time Event
7:15 am
Registration and check-in opens/Continental Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am
Welcome by Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA and Dan Howe, ASLA, AICP
8:15 am
Dynamic Density: How Tactical Urbanism is Changing the American City
presented by Mike Lydon
9:15 am
Transforming Streets, Transforming Freeways: The Emerging Transportation System in America’s Communities and Metro Areas
presented by Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP
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
Buffet Lunch
The Ecology of Density
presented by Ignacio Bunster Ossa, FASLA
2:00 pm
These Blocks are Made for Walking
presented by Julie Campoli
3:00 pm
Brownie Break
3:15 pm
Living in a mixed use environment
presented by John Kane, CEO, Kane Realty Corporation
4:15 pm
Closing Remarks by Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, and Dan Howe, ASLA
4:45 pm

Keynote Presentations

The Ecology of Density
presented by Ignacio Bunster Ossa, FASLA
This session examines the three precepts that can render urban densification desirable: green infrastructure, localism, and public art. The presentation draws from two publications recently authored by Mr. Bunster-Ossa: “Green Infrastructure: a Landscape Approach” (an APA PAS Report , co-authored with David Rouse); and “Reconsidering Ian McHarg: the Future of Urban Ecology,” (Planners Press, to be published in April).

These Blocks are Made for Walking
presented by Julie Campoli
Human bodies are designed to walk, yet most Americans live in a built environment designed for cars. How can we reshape our cities and neighborhoods to offer many more people the option of walking? Density is essential, but we’ll look at the spatial distribution of density that brings destinations within range and creates convenience and choice. Recalibrating our sense of scale to a human pace and gait, building proximity, and mending the urban fabric will help create streets that invite walking and support community life.

Living in a mixed use environment
presented by John Kane, CEO, Kane Realty Corporation
The days of most people living in single family homes in suburban neighborhoods is ending. Many people today are looking for a different lifestyle. Many people do not feel the need or desire to own their land and home . With this part of the American Dream changing we will explore what developers and planners are doing to address the needs of this new attitude of lifestyle.
Transforming Streets, Transforming Freeways: The Emerging Transportation System in America’s Communities and Metro Areas
presented by Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP
A transformation is taking place in planning transportation for America’s communities and metropolitan areas. This transformation is part of the wider effort to create “complete communities” that accommodate a wide spectrum of choice in housing, jobs, education, recreation and transportation. This transformation is symbolized in the eclipse of the automobile-dependent, suburban “Edge Cities” so lionized in the early 1990s. Instead, there is celebration of urban living being led by the nation’s young adults. A manifestation of change within the transportation planning world is the shift in focus from efficient car movement on the de facto automobile-only streets of the Automobile City era to that creation of complete streets that accommodate a diversity of travel modes. This shift in paradigm from car-dominated to complete streets is both well understood and well underway. The transformation of the nation’s metropolitan freeway rights-of-way from private motor vehicle monocultures to complete transportation facilities is emerging as a next new frontier for sustainable cities and sustainable transportation. In effect, America is beginning to reverse the decades-long journey to automobile dependence described so well by Clay McShane in his brilliant book, “Down the Asphalt Path”. In place of driving toward mobility by car only, American communities and metropolitan areas are re-tracing this fateful journey, intending this time to make urban and regional transport context-sensitive, multi-modal, and intelligently integrated with land use. In other words, links and places worthy of complete communities.

Dynamic Density: How Tactical Urbanism is Changing the American City
presented by Mike Lydon
For citizens, Tactical Urbanism allows the immediate reclamation and reshaping of public space. For developers or entrepreneurs, it provides valuable information about the market they hope to serve and tests the viability of their product. For advocacy organizations, it allows a tangible demonstration of what’s possible. And for government, it’s a way to put best practices into, well, practice – and quickly! No matter the proponent, Tactical Urbanism offers a nimble and collaborative response to the slow, and often ineffective conventional city building process. Mike Lydon, creator of Tactical Urbanism Volumes 1 + 2 will provide an overview of this fast-growing movement and offer leading case studies demonstrating how short-term action can lead to long-term change in your community today!

Case Study Presentations

There are 4 tracks for case studies: Urban Infill, Transitional Neighborhoods, Transportation and Urban Form. Each track will have two sessions. During each session, two 20-minute case study presentations will be offered (different cases for each session). Please feel free to switch tracks after the first session, but please remain in a session once you have selected it.

Infill Session 1

In My Backyard: The RA-50 Accessory Dwelling Unit
presented by David Hill, AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture, NC State College of Design and
Matthew Griffith, AIA, and Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA, Principals, in situ studio
The fastest growing US cities between 2000 and 2010 were Charlotte, Raleigh, Cape Coral, Provo, Austin, Las Vegas, McAllen, Knoxville, Greenville, and San Antonio. Raleigh, North Carolina, metro population 884,891, grew by 63.4% between 2000 and 2010. As the capital city of NC, the hub of the Triangle region, and home to three major research universities, Raleigh is poised to maintain a steep climb towards urban significance. Over the past decade, people have again begun living in the downtown core, and numerous mid- and high-rise housing projects have sprouted within walking distance of the city center. The single-family neighborhoods surrounding the city center have also experienced a renaissance. These two trends bracket the bounds of living conditions by providing high-cost urban dwelling in the former case and expensive large-lot single-family housing in the latter. This presentation examines the potential for new zoning regulations that would legalize and encourage construction of a third alternative: accessory dwelling units (ADUs), sometimes known as backyard cottages, granny flats, or alleyway apartments. At present, the Raleigh Unified Development Ordinance does not allow ADUs, in part because of protests from Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs) who fear that legalizing detached backyard apartments will increase the number of absentee landlords and have consequences detrimental to neighborhood appearance. Legalizing ADUs has the potential to provide a new affordable housing option in close proximity to downtown, the universities, public infrastructure, transportation hubs, and popular social venues. ADUs will positively alter the social landscape of neighborhoods near downtown Raleigh, encourage a more generous pedestrian environment, yield a more diverse and dense population, and revitalize existing communities. This case study presents the RA-50 dwelling (designed by in situ studio and David Hill) as an ADU prototype that offers an affordable, environmentally sensitive, flexible housing type for a broad range of residents and lot types.

Learning from Lehman Bros; infill design after the big recession
presented by Scott Ogden, AIA, Architect/Partner, B + O design studio, pllc
Two projects, seven years; this talk is a tale of the history of a small development- how it’s formed, almost dies, and is reborn, while being influenced by another separate project as well as momentous changes in the profession of working in residential real estate. It’s also the story of a creative developer/contractor trying to navigate the marketplace to find a sweet spot in a small coastal town dominated (like most places in the US) by generic $179K patio homes & cookie cutter apartment buildings. Tonbo Meadow (‘dragonfly’ in jap.), initially a 10 unit infill, cluster LID project was begun in 2007 on a 3.2 ac. parcel on the eastside of Wilmington closer to the beach than downtown. After some tumult with both SRB (subdivision review board) and the Planning Commission- the project won approval. We doubled allowable density (from 5 units to 10 homes) utilizing a cluster ordinance and proposed a series of LID practices including a stormwater wetland, swales, artful bio-retention, pervious paving, and retaining a 1 ac. meadow as shared open space. The timing was unfortunate in that after approvals (Oct. ’08)- the bottom fell out of the market, and the economy as a whole. The project was shelved, despite winning an design award and getting much notice. Two years later, the same developer/contractor wanted us to assist in a midtown project- 6 units on 2/3 of an acre. Called Midori (‘green’ in jap.)- 2 & 3-level detached townhouses were inserted between a 3 level loft building on a busy thoroughfare, and some brick patio homes & townhomes to the south. During the construction of that project, the Tonbo property was on the road to being liquidated. B + O & the developer posited- what if we could reconfigure the Tonbo project w/ smaller units like Midori, made denser? Tonbo Meadow II was reborn. The team upped the density to 14 units (from 10), shrunk the unit sizes, won municipal approvals again- and it’s currently under construction! Six years later, but now reconfigured as attached townhomes (like Midori) smaller in size, clustered in 6 buildings- but with an even smaller footprint and impact to the overall parcel as 10 larger SF homes. Both projects utilize aspects of ‘stitching’; a blending of two adjacent contexts to not overwhelm one or the other, but meld in scale, size and massing so that there’s a complement in the neighborhood and further residential density can be achieved without harming either existing adjacent development.

Infill Session 2

Garden Apartment Communities — The Best Opportunity to Transform Suburbia
presented by Douglas M. Wrenn, Principal, Rodgers Consulting Inc.
The presentation will provide evidence why older garden apartment communities provide the best opportunities to densify suburban areas. In contrast to strip shopping centers and office or industrial parks, garden apartments are typically under single ownership, occupied by residents with short-tem leases, are underutilized, and occupy larger sites. These communities are often located within a half mile of a transit station. The presentation will highlight 2 or 3 project examples including the redevlopment plans, level of increase density necessary to make it financially feasible, and what public policies helped make it work.

Creating Mixed-Use Density in The Village
presented by John Felton, Senior Principal, Director of Design,Cline Design Associates
Originally built in 1947, Cameron Village was the first planned mixed-use development in North Carolina. Since that time it has undergone several additions and renovations, but this presentation will focus on the process of designing and developing the first modern, high-density, mixed-use/ residential project since the neighborhood’s inception. Located on just under two acres at the prominent intersection of Oberlin Road and Clark Avenue, Crescent Cameron Village provides 282 residential units within five stories of Type III wood-frame construction, situated above a concrete podium containing 12,000sq. ft. of retail and 450 covered parking spaces. The former low-rise commercial buildings on this site were obsolete and underutilized, presenting the owners with an opportunity to establish a new pattern of redevelopment which would not only add value to Cameron Village, but create a strong urban corner and add the residential density needed by the City of Raleigh. In order to preserve the continuity of the existing architectural quality while introducing mid-rise urban infill, the design team conducted historical research, and held design charettes and meetings with City of Raleigh officials and community interest groups. The final project incorporates the historical character of the surrounding residential neighborhood, while providing a complementary transition into the Cameron Village retail center. Serving as a catalyst for thoughtful urban development in a thriving Raleigh community, this vertical mixed-use project design is guided by LEED principals, providing a pedestrian-oriented lifestyle within a compact carbon footprint. Crescent Cameron Village introduces an urban experience for living, shopping and gathering, providing a true sense of community.

Transitional Neighborhoods Session 1

Eagle Market Place – Elevating the Block
presented by Don Tise, AIA, Principal, Tise-Keister Architects
Eagle Market Place is a new mixed-use project on a 0.41 acre site in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC in an area known as “the Block”. The project consists of 62 new workforce residential units and commercial tenant space in an existing urban setting with historical significance. The Eagle Market Place project deals with density in the context of infill, affordable housing, urban form, and transitional neighborhoods. This presentation will review the history of the project, discuss the complexities of working within an urban context, describe the preservation of existing buildings, and review the design solution put forth to achieve the project goals. The block was originally, in the 1940’s & 1950’s, the hub of African-American business and society in Asheville. During desegregation in the 1950’s and 1960’s, black Americans began to move throughout the area. In addition, “urban renewal” took its toll on the fabric of this community by razing or splitting off the residences from the business center. This left the block a mere reflection of what it once was. The goal of Eagle Market Development Corporation, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Tise-Kiester Architects and our financial partners is to elevate this neighborhood back to its original place of prominence within the downtown Asheville cityscape. In doing so, the seventy (70) houses that were once razed will be replaced by the housing in this facility. The design philosophy is simple; remembering the past while planning for the future. The old structures will maintain there original color, scale and integrity at the street. The new building tower will be set back from face of the renovated structures by approximately 10’-0”. The old will be refreshed but remain of their time, while the new components will create a clean and simple backdrop. It will be clear, which components are original to the block and which are new.

Building higher density affordable housing in a Lowcountry Historic District
presented by Milt Rhodes, AICP, New Urban Water Works
As a result of a Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant to provide affordable housing the Town of Bluffton sought to develop new housing within the Town of Bluffton that would assist with meeting the affordable housing demand of the region. A town-wide search for suitable property was performed by the Town of Bluffton and the Affordable Housing Subcommittee of Town Council identified several properties within the Old Town Bluffton Historic District. Goals for the project included investing in the Old Town Bluffton Historic District and creating affordable housing in close proximity to jobs, parks, churches, and other community resources. The project site was located the heart of the Old Town Bluffton Historic District at the corner of Wharf Street and Robertson Street and involved the demolition of 2 vacant, blighted, non-historic structures and a functionally obsolete Town of Bluffton storage building. Using the Old Town Bluffton Historic Districts form-based code, six detached cottages were constructed on the existing lots which totaled 0.52 acres. These cottages were laid out using the land development standards contained in the form-based code. The six affordable cottages were arranged in way that provided both private yard and a front porch for each dwelling as well as preserving a large live oak. Modular construction methods were used to construct the homes resulting in less construction waste and a streamlined project timeline. All homes were built using EnergySTAR fixtures and appliances and incorporate green features wherever possible as well. Affordability criteria required that the homes were available to households making less than 80% of the Beaufort County Area Median Income. At 12 units to the acre, the Wharf Street redevelopment project provides an infill development and affordability model for future sites within the Town of Bluffton.

Transitional Neighborhoods Session 2
Coming Home — to the City.
presented by Ellen Weinstein, AIA, and Ken Friedlein, AIA, Principals, Weinstein Friedlein Architects
Twenty-four households pooled resources to purchase a half-acre site in industrial downtown Durham and pursue a dream: to create a multifamily environment that would support them as individuals while nurturing a new and active community. Durham Central Park Cohousing, a four-story self-developed and co-owned apartment building with prominent ground-floor shared space, will be occupied in March, 2014. It represents a triumph of group intention, a turning point for its transitional neighborhood, and a prominent exclamation in Durham’s rapidly evolving urban form. This session will focus on how a compact, efficient infill project met its owner’s desires to make a graceful place that they themselves would call home.

Infill: Modern Urban Living
presented by Erin Sterlin Lewis, AIA, and Matthew Griffith, AIA, Principals, in situ studio
Erin and Matt will discuss the increasing interest in downtown development with emphasis on southeast Raleigh, and how they have had the opportunity to design two infill projects. The Chasen Residence at 827 Hargett Street is a modern, single family, affordable home designed for a young couple committed to community, walkability, and urban living. The Ten at South Person Street at 520 South Person Street is a modern ten unit townhome project within Raleigh’s newest historic overlay district. The project is set to break ground this spring.

Urban Form Session 1

The Bell View Hotel: Blending Art and Architecture along Hillsborough Street
presented by Kimberly Siran, ASLA, owner Coaly Deisgn; Thomas Sayre, principal, Clearscape, PA; and Joe Whitehouse, real estate consultant
The Bell View Hotel is an urban infill project under development along Hillsborough Street and located directly across from NC State University’s iconic Bell Tower. For decades, the property had featured an unremarkable 1-2 story building with storefront parking that was home to a hodgepodge of tenants. The Bell View Hotel will dramatically alter the visual landscape, increase density and upgrade the urban form through its size, scale, location, and orientation. The seven-story hotel will sit along the street with retail shops and restaurants that engage the public with outdoor dining and patio space. The design creates an urban environment that gives priority to pedestrians and engages the public. The property will feature two large pieces of public art developed by renowned artist Thomas Sayre. The art complements connect the hotel with both the land grant origins of NC State as well as its future as a place of high-tech innovation. The art provides additional opportunities for the public to interact with the property and connect to the iconic Bell tower across the street. The architecture tells a story about the history of the University and its transformation into a progressive, innovated, forward-thinking institution.

Leveraged Density: The Rebuilding of Civic Space in the Center of Philadelphia
presented by Benjamin Monette, ASLA, Senior Landscape Architect, OLIN
The City of Philadelphia is a city on the mend. Of the Northeastern Cities that have suffered greatly in the waning of the industrial revolution, it has, on the heels of successes achieved in New York and Washington DC, begun its ascension. Dilworth Plaza is but one of many physical and cultural shifts that is reflective of Philadelphia’s growth and in this reflection, compounds the trend. The plaza holds a prominent position West of City Hall at the center of the city. It is being transformed from an inaccessible, multi-level, unattractive, hard-surface plaza into a sustainable, well-maintained, green public space with no stairs or barriers from the street. This presentation will cover the history of the plaza, the concepts embedded in its re-creation as a vibrant social space in a dense city, as well as many detailed aspects of its current redesign and construction. It will include information on stormwater capture, public art collaboration, fountain design, and the latest in parametric modeling and milling of site furniture. The lessons learned from properly scaled design interventions, public art, and design collaboration–a collective intelligence if you will–are transferable to the issues surrounding the densification of the Mid-South Region. Good urban design is the best land conservation, and as such Dilworth Plaza is a leading example.

Urban Form Session 2

Coleman Boulevard
presented by William T. Eubanks, Creative Director, Urban Edge Studio of SW+
The Coleman Boulevard Master Plan, completed in 2008, was adopted as part of the Urban Corridor Overlay District by the Town of Mount Pleasant and has received awards from ASLA and APA. The master plan included a week long design charrette and numerous public meetings. Since its completion, the master plan has generated over $100 million in public and private development, in the midst of a recession. Recently the project has generated some very passionate public interest as more dense urban infill has occurred in the area. This case study will review the basics of the plan and some of the misconceptions of those opposed to the revitalization efforts.

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Expansion as a Catalyst for a New Urban District
presented by Fred Merrill, AICP, LEED AP, Principal, Planner, Sasaki Associates, Inc.
Sasaki Associates, Inc. is leading a team that includes Utile, Inc. Architects + Planners to develop an urban design vision and framework that will transform the Boston Convention Center and Exhibition Center (BCEC) from a single-purpose facility surrounded by vacant/underutilized land into a mixed use urban district. The BCEC is becoming the center of gravity of a new urban destination located between two vibrant but culturally distinct neighborhoods: the Innovation (Seaport) District and the South Boston neighborhood. The Sasaki/Utile team is creating an urban design framework for a destination urban district for BCEC’s D Street corridor, which is comprised of largely vacant/underutilized properties that provides a “tabula rasa” urban design and development opportunity for a new urban district anchored by the BCEC. The urban design framework includes a mix of uses including a new headquarters hotel, two mid-priced hotels (now under construction), retail, civic, cultural, entertainment, parking/mobility, and civic space.

Transportation Session 1

Innovative Bicycle Solutions for Dense Urban Centers
presented by John Cock, Principal, Southeast Region, Alta Planning + Design
Successful urban density requires a holistic approach to moving people and goods and a true set of multi-modal transportation choices. Many cities in the Southeast are dealing with increasing density in their urban cores by designing their streets to attract and move more of these people via safe, innovative and attractive urban bikeways and bikeshare systems. These innovative bikeway designs are also changing the design/aesthetic, safety, and economic and environmental impacts of investments in the public realm. This presentation will present case studies from Atlanta, Charlotte, and Chattanooga and showcase best practices from the National Assoc of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide as well as best practices for planning and implementing bike share.

Transit Oriented Development: T before D, or D before T?
presented by Melissa Currie, ASLA, PhD student and research assistant, UNC Charlotte
Transit oriented development is not a silver bullet to guarantee the lively, mixed-use neighborhoods that planners and urban designers aspire to. This session examines surrounding development along Charlotte transit lines, both existing, proposed, and those in between. In some places, it’s been T without D, and in others, it is D without T. The neighborhood characteristics and densities are explored using statistical and ground-level analysis to understand the impact of transit on development patterns as it traverses urban and suburban areas in the Charlotte region.

Transportation Session 2

East of the Riverway Development Scenarios and Transportation Analysis
presented by Alan Steinbeck, AICP, Durham Office Manager, Renaissance Planning Group
The presentation will cover work Renaissance has completed for the River Arts District and surrounding neighborhoods in Asheville, NC. The presentation will include the findings of the market assessment, short run build out analysis and integration of the work into a multimodal transportation needs assessment. The work included creating a land use model using a variety of data sets and spatial analysis techniques. These included creating a “virtual present” model of existing conditions showing population and employment patterns and two alternative development scenarios showing the build out potential of numerous sites within the plan area. The project combined the analytical work with the presentation of development typologies and future densities that would result. One unique aspect of the project is an accessibility analysis demonstrating the cumulative benefits of land use and network improvements on walk and transit accessibility and opportunity. GIS and CommunityViz were used to create the results. The project also included policy recommendations for designing projects and districts for walkability.

Reconsidering Streets – Realizing Livable Cities : A case study of Georgia Street in Indianapolis, Indiana
presented by Thomas Gallagher, Senior Associate/Urban Designer, RATIO
Essential to realizing the livable cities of our future is a reconsideration of streets. No matter the size of the city or town, in the United States, streets make up nearly 30% of their urbanized land use. This makes streets our most abundant public space and one of our greatest opportunities to effect positive change in the urban environment. In the early 1980s, Georgia Street, located at the heart of the historic Wholesale District and a spine that connected the new major venues, was identified at the time as an important corridor for future improvement. However, it would not see the impetus for its realization until 2009, when City leaders recognized the unique potential the Street offered to their bid for hosting the 2012 Super Bowl. By bringing together the original hopes for Georgia Street with new aspirations of a green, pedestrian-centered, outdoor event venue, the City gained a contemporary public space that anchors the convention and entertainment district. Simultaneously, Georgia Street is a compelling, everyday venue for impromptu, intimate gatherings and a modern outdoor event venue designed to be at the core of celebrations like the 2012 Super Bowl Village, acclaimed as one of the best Super Bowl events in recent history. Through this case study we will shed light on the challenges of creating shared space streets in existing urban environments and explore the design strategies used on Georgia Street to ensure that its many functions would not simply overlap but be integrated together ensuring a synthesis of operation, sustainability, beauty and fiscal responsibility.

Conference Presenters and Moderator

IgnacioBunsterOssa_web Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, FASLA, is principal at Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC, in Philadelphia. He is a landscape architects and urban designer whose work is consistently recognized for design innovation. Within a broad spectrum of interests, Ignacio specializes in the revitalization and enhancement of urban areas through open space and landscape interventions. As a landscape architect and urban designer, he has led many of the firm’s significant urban projects, including award-winning designs for Santa Monica’s Palisades Park and Beach Boardwalk, Liberty State Park in New Jersey, the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative in Washington, DC, and the Georgetown Waterfront Park, also in Washington, DC. Ignacio has also led the design for the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas, one of the largest green infrastructure projects in the country.
Through his work Ignacio seeks to fuse sustainable design principles with issues of community identity, often times collaborating closely with scientists as well as noted environmental and public artists. He is a leading practitioner of Landscape Urbanism, an open space approach to urban design based on this fusion, and is co-author of the American Planning Association’s PAS Report, Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach.
Ignacio has been a contributing editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine and is currently a member of the Joint Task Force of the Landscape Futures Initiative, a professional and academic initiative directed towards identifying the potential impact of global landscape change upon the profession. Ignacio holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami (FLA), a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Loeb Fellowship in Environmental Studies from Harvard University. He has taught advanced design studios at these and other universities and has lectured widely on the practice of landscape architecture.

Campoli head shot_web Julie Campoli creates images— photographs, maps, simulations, graphics, montages; that merge professional and social purpose — to reveal the importance of design to the success and vitality of everyday, real places in the cities around us. She is an urban designer and author whose work combines a planner’s perspective of how places emerge and function, with a designer’s eye and sensitivity to the built form and design processes crucial to their implementation and success. She is the author of several books; Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form, Visualizing Density, and Above and Beyond: Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas. Visualizing Density, has been recognized by Choice Magazine and PLANetizen as one of the top ten books of 2007, and widely used by design professionals and public officials to address public concerns about density and infill. Her most recent book, Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form uses hundreds of photographs, montages, maps and diagrams of North American neighborhoods to elevate our understanding, and appreciation, of how urban form principles and concepts support sustainable transportation. Her design practice, Terra Firma Urban Design based in Burlington, VT, specializes in site planning for affordable housing, with an emphasis on infill in existing neighborhoods. Julie’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Cornell University, and a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

John_Kane_HeadShot_web John Kane, CEO of Kane Realty, has developed sustainable mixed-use communities, regional malls, neighborhood and community centers, office buildings and health centers since 1978. In 1999 Kane Realty embarked on a massive $750 million redevelopment of 130 acres in Raleigh, North Hills. A mixed-use multi-block district known as Raleigh’s Midtown, North Hills is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for its pedestrian-friendly and sustainable design which has made it one of America’s premier in-fill developments. John holds a BS in business administration from Wake Forest University. He currently serves on the State of North Carolina Economic Development Board, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, NC Chamber and Duke Raleigh Hospital Advisory Board. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. In 2004, John was recognized as Business Leader of the Year by Business Leader Magazine, received the Pillar Award by the Triangle Business Journal, and the Impact Award by Triangle CREW. John was recognized as the Developer of the Year in 2005 by TCAR. In 2009, the News and Observer selected John Kane as “Top 10 to Watch in 2009”. Also in 2009, John was presented with the Sir Walter Raleigh Award by Mayor Charles Meeker under unanimous approval by the Raleigh City Council honoring the significant improvements to the appearance of Raleigh through the re-development of North Hills over the past 10 years.

Joseph Kott Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP, principal of Kott Planning Consultants, LLC, has over thirty years of experience in transportation planning, including service as Chief Transportation Official for the City of Palo Alto, California for seven years. Dr. Kott teaches planning sustainable transport for cities and regions, transportation and the environment, and a seminar on the history and theory of urban and regional planning as an adjunct faculty member within the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Stanford University Program on Urban Studies. He also served as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford last year and lectures regularly at Stanford on urban planning and transport topics. Dr. Kott is Principal and Vice-President of a new not-for-profit organization, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities. Dr. Kott holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, master’s degrees in both transport planning and traffic engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD in planning sustainable urban and regional transport from Curtin University in Perth, Australia, where he was affiliated with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute lead by Professor Peter Newman. Dr. Kott is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and is a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP). In April of this year, he was appointed to the Placemaking Leadership Council of the Project for Public Spaces.

Mike Lydon2_web Mike Lydon is a principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. As an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate for livable cities, his work has been featured by NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, The Atlantic Cities, Planetizen, Grist, Utne Reader, Salon, Next City, Architect Magazine, and Streetsblog, among other publications. Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009 and honored by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of 2010. Mike is also the creator and primary author of the The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol.1 and Vol.2. Mike is also currently writing a full-length book about Tactical Urbanism, to be published by Island Press in the spring/summer of 2014. He speaks internationally on the topics of smart growth, livable cities, tactical urbanism, planning and social media, and complete streets/active transportation.Before launching the firm in 2009, Lydon worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor’s GetDowntown Program. From 2006 – 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), where he worked extensively on Miami 21, the recipient of the American Planning Association’s 2011 National Planning Excellence Award, and contributed to several other research and project initiatives. Mike was selected in 2009 as one of 34 Urban Vanguards by Next City magazine. He holds a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

Dan-pic_web MODERATOR: Dan Howe, ASLA, AICP, has served as the Assistant City Manager of Raleigh since 2004, helping to manage the growth of one of the fastest-growing cities in America as well as Raleigh’s noted urban renaissance. Through the eyes of a city administrator, and educated as both a landscape architect and a planner, Dan will offer his insights throughout the conference and help to connect information shared from across the country to our regional conversation on density. Dan holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the NC State University College of Design and a Bachelor’s of City Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Dan is a frequent adjunct lecturer at NC State College of Design and serves on its Design Guild Board.



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DHM Design
Duda/Paine Architects
Empire Properties
The Freelon Group Architects
JDavis Architects
Kane Realty Corporation
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Morningstar Law Group
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Sasaki Associates, Inc.
ULI Triangle
Withers & Ravenel

Conference Committee

Director of Urban Planning and Design, KlingStubbins

President, Greenways Incorporated

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

Elizabeth Alley, AICP
Urban Designer + Planner, City of Raleigh Urban Design Center

Michael Cole, FASLA
Principal, ColeJenest & Stone

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

George Hallowell, Ph.D., AIA
Adjunct Professor
NC State University College of Design

David Hill, AIA
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
NC State University College of Design

Paul Lipchak, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Architect, RATIO Architects

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

Roula Qubain, AIA, LEED AP
Regional Director, AECOM

Graham Smith, ASLA
Senior Associate, DHM Design

George Stanziale, ASLA
Senior VP, Director of Design Studio, STEWART

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

Matt Tomasulo
Founder, CityFabric

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