Now in its sixth year, the NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together 800 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.
Stephen Buckley, leader of WSP’s Northeast planning, environment and traffic practice, will moderate a panel, “Cities in the Driver’s Seat: Automated Vehicles Today,” on Nov. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The panel, which will include representatives from Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, will discuss the policy, legislative and legal frameworks that can guide the use of automated vehicles now and in the future.
Billy Hwang, a principal consultant with WSP, will moderate a panel entitled “More than Potholes: Capitalizing on Routine Operations to Advance Broader City Goals” on Nov. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The panel will explore the issues involved in performing “complete streets” reconstruction on a programmatic level.
WSP is sponsoring two “walkshop” tours along the Chicago River:
The Chicago River: Redevelopment and Restoration, October 31 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. These walks along the Chicago River will visit several recently completed Riverwalk segments financed and built through private developments as part of the City’s 30′ Riverfront Setback Ordinance. Participants will learn how developers use riverfront sites to attract residents and employees, expand the City’s Riverwalk, and add to the downtown’s waterfront open space. Participants will also get to experience the recently completed, publicly financed Riverwalk between State Street and Lake Street.
Prior to each of the tours, WSP’s Tom Coleman will lead a tour of the Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab, a public exhibition of visions for the South Branch of the Chicago River, at Expo 72, located at 72 East Randolph Street. WSP partnered with Autodesk to provide visualization support for the River Edge Ideas Lab. The model created before and after fly-through videos for visions by nine architectural firms for reimagining three sites along the Chicago River, and allows viewers to interact with those visions in an immersive experience.
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