Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Conferences coming up

Especially when you are starting out, and if you can do some field tours and general exploring, conferences are an incredible way to significantly accelerate your learning and knowledge and exposure to best practices in ways that your local community may not be functioning as well.

I've never been to the Garden Tourism or Reclaiming Vacant Properties conferences, but I have attended Main Street and American Planning Association conferences, and I heartily recommend attending  any of these conferences if you are able.

I've only been to APA once, but the two tours I went on (Richmond, Baltimore) were some of the best conference tours I've ever attended, and three of the sessions in particular have had significant impact on my outlook on planning ever since (San Francisco and industrial lands planning, David Barth and parks and city planning, and Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston's approach to urban design).  One of the things I recommend too is going to sessions on topics you know nothing about, in order to challenge yourself (that's how I ended up in a session about Cerda and Barcelona).

Typically, conference presenters are a mix of practitioners, academics, authors, and advocates, so there's a good mix.

North American Garden Tourism Conference
March 16th - March 18th

National Main Street Conference
March 30th - April 2nd

American Planning Association
April 18th - April 21st.

Reclaiming Vacant Properties
Center for Community Progress
May 19th - May 21st.

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