Call for Case Study Presentations

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Conference committee members of Designing Beyond Downtown: The Future of the Suburbs are seeking presenters to come forward with case study presentations. Do you have a case study related to design in the suburbs that our conference participants would find valuable?


In the past decade we have seen the resurgence of downtowns and a significant shift of design focus, investment, and new development toward our city’s centers. Yet the suburbs beyond downtown still represent the great majority of our developed land area, dwarfing our urban cores. How will design professionals address this and what design opportunities do the suburbs offer? The 2017 NC State University Urban Design Conference will explore how planners and designers can learn from the past and shape the future of the suburbs.

The case study presented should provide information that advances methods for design in the suburbs as a solution to one or more of the following issues/concerns:

  • Design and innovative models of development
  • Housing options and affordability
  • Transportation—public transit and private mobility
  • Demographic shifts
  • Policy and economics
  • Public health

The selection committee will evaluate your proposal based on the following criteria:

  • How the case study advances the understanding of cutting edge design and practice for today’s suburbs.
  • Ability of the proposed case study to provide relevance to our audience of design and planning practitioners in our region.
  • Overall quality and potential to contribute to a well-balanced conference program.
  • Speaker’s experience.
  • Ability of the presentation to contribute to the continuing education needs of architects, landscape architects and planners.


Each case study presentation is expected to be approximately 20 minutes long with an additional 5 minutes for questions.

Friday, December 2, 2016 (end of day). You will be notified of your status by Friday, December 16, 2016.

Presenters will be granted a complimentary registration to the conference. (Past conferences have conferred 7 hours of AIA/HSW, NCBOLA and AICP credits, as well as GBCI for LEED AP.)

Case study presentations will be paired by topic for each session by the selection committee. Presenters will be asked to have their presentation available on a thumb drive as well as bring a personal laptop with their presentation on a hard drive for back-up.