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Planning the Smart City

October 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Technology is increasingly playing an integral role in how we plan, build, and serve our communities, and this webinar highlights those making the most of it. Resilient Networks NYC is using flexible, locally-built tech infrastructure to create reliable, storm-ready connections among neighborhood anchors in New York City’s climate-vulnerable neighborhoods. Los Angeles’ WebCode by re:code LA is reinventing how both staff and the public experience and utilize the City’s new Zoning Code, including releasing portions of the system to the open source community. The Corridor Housing Preservation Tool, developed by a team of researchers led by the University of Texas at Austin, allows city planners to assess and compare conditions in transit corridors in order to prioritize and align investments in affordable rental housing preservation, transit improvements and redevelopment efforts.

Hear how these three projects – all 2017 APA Technology Division Smart Cities Award winners – have realized innovative achievements by integrating Smart City applications, technological tools, and methods into the planning process. Learn how to address challenges you might encounter in your own communities and come away inspired with your own vision for a “smarter” city.

This webinar is a featured event of National Community Planning Month.


Erick Lopez
With over 16 years of experience in the field of city planning and a demonstrated ability to build consensus among various stakeholders with diverse interests, Erick Lopez has a history of managing and completing major policy initiatives for the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

Thomas Hilde
Thomas Hilde is an Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University, where he teaches courses on geographic information systems (GIS), land use planning, physical planning, urban design and urban sustainability. His research centers on sustainable and resilient urban development with a focus on scenario planning techniques and innovative planning technologies.

Houman Saberi
Houman Saberi is a program manager in the Resilient Communities program for RISE:NYC. In this role, he is helping to build resilient community wireless networks in Sandy-affected areas of the city in partnership with local businesses, civic organizations, and residents.

James Castaneda, AICP
James Castañeda, AICP is a planner with 13 of government experience working with the public. He is currently a planner with the San Mateo County in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose projects and responsibilities have allowed him a variety of opportunities to engage with community members and officials on complex community issues.


October 19, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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