2016 Urban Planning Conference

Planning Across Generations: Deconstructing the Past, Shaping the Future

April 1 - 2, 2016

Overview of Conference

The Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning (MSUSP) program at Savannah State University (SSU) will host the annual Urban Planning Conference on Friday, April 1, in the Student Union. Sessions will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday.

On Saturday, April 2, there will be a special session from 10 a.m. – noon at the Kennedy Pharmacy in downtown Savannah. While Savannah is known for its historic architecture and squares, the city is keeping pace with the changing needs of residents and visitors. This two-hour mobile workshop highlights the past, present and future of Savannah’s downtown.

The session will wind its way through the historic landmark district and then on to revitalization projects on Broughton Street, Bay Street and the waterfront. Learn how planners, urban designers and developers are working to balance preservation and transformation.

Planning today is struggling to meet the demands of a world characterized by low-density sprawl and auto dependence. Citizens and planners are looking to the past to address these challenges. Local and regional planners struggle to balance form-based codes and complete streets initiatives against regional travel demand models.

Conference participants will explore the nexus of past and future facing today’s planners and policymakers from an interdisciplinary perspective and learn how planners can avoid repeating past mistakes that have led to unjust, unsustainable, and unhealthy cities present today. Presenters of the conference consist of various planning professionals, public administrators, college professors, design professionals and historic preservationists.

The keynote speaker is Kevin J. Krizek, Ph.D., professor and director of the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He concurrently serves as the visiting professor of “Cycling in Changing Urban Regions” in the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University in the Netherlands. He was a 2013-14 fellow of the Leopold Leadership Program and was awarded a 2014 U.S. - Italy Fulbright Scholarship focusing on sustainable transport.

Krizek actively publishes in the areas of travel behavior, neighborhood accessibility, health and planning, and sustainable development. Krizek is the author or editor of four books, over fifty peer reviewed articles, and more than fifty other scholarly reports, articles or book chapters. His work has appeared in journals spanning urban planning, transportation, engineering, environmental issues, public health, and planning theory.

Also featured is Anh Nguyen, a data dissemination specialist of the U.S. Census Bureau, who will share the updates to databases and mapping tools.

Nine sessions of the 2016 Urban Planning Conference have been approved by the American Planning Association for CM credits for AICP holders. The conference participants can earn up to six CM credits in the conference.


All sessions are open to the public. All participants must register and pay the conference fees of $50 (presenters and regular participants) or $75 (AICP participants who are seeking CM Credits).

All participants who will participate in the mobile tour on Saturday, April 2, from the Kennedy Pharmacy are asked to bring a check or cash of $15/person.

Savannah State University, Armstrong State University and SCAD students may attend for free with valid ID. All fees benefit students of the Urban Studies and Planning program at SSU.


Conference Sponsors

Savannah State University

National Science Foundation through the grant to the Interdisciplinary Transportation Group at Savannah State University