Celebrating 25 Years of City Design: Mayors To Identify Challenges, Opportunities and Funding Sources Through Summit on Smart City Design, Honor Design Legacy of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Chicago, April 27-29, 2011
Event Brings Together Mayors, Obama Cabinet Members, Top Design Professionals, and Special Guests To Examine the State of U.S. Cities and the Power of Arts & Design
Key sessions to be live webcast**
Monday, April 20, 2011
Washington, D.C. — More than 50 Mayors and design and development experts will convene at the Chicago Hilton April 27-29 for a National Summit on City Design to identify challenges, opportunities and funding sources for cities that work well. Participants will examine the power of arts and design to transform cities while celebrating the Mayors Institute of City Design (MICD) – a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) – and honoring the design legacy of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
For 25 years, MICD has been the only organization that provides mayors an opportunity to learn how smart design can help to holistically solve problems in communities to create livable cities. Smart design is, fundamentally, a language of problem solving and through MICD, mayors learn to use smart design to identify ways to creatively reduce costs through innovation in areas such as public transit, downtown development infrastructure and sustainability.
During the two-day summit, mayors and design professionals will come together to discuss the successes and lessons from MICD, as well as the topics key to the future of American cities. The highlight of the session will be on its final day, April 29, where more than 40 mayors and 80 design professionals and scholars will honor Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley as he receives the Joseph P. Riley Award for Leadership in Urban Design. As Chicago's longest serving mayor, Daley is described by USCM's CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran as a "Mayor's Mayor."
On the first day, April 28, the mayors and design experts will discuss design in relationship with struggling budgets and growing demands for transportation, development, and other challenges. On April 29th, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Charleston, South Carolina Mayor Joseph Riley, along with Marilyn Taylor, Chris Leinberger, Toni Griffin, and other design professionals, will present their joint conclusions to a panel of federal officials, including NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary Roy W. Kienitz, and Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President at the Domestic Policy Council. Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development will give remarks prior to the response by the federal panel.
Also on April 28, summit participants will release an NEA Research Report that measures the economic impact of performing arts institutions on local economies and details the degree of citizens' investment in the arts. Among the report's findings is that the U.S. performing arts industry is supported by the nearly 8,840 organizations and generates nearly $13.6 billion in annual revenues.
The opening keynote address, titled "Culture Now: The Contemporary American Condition," will be given by Thom Mayne, of Morphosis Architects, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and President Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Under Mayne's leadership, with Karen Lohrmann, 14 UCLA M. Arch II students seek to spark transformative change on struggling U.S. cities.
** Indicates live webcasting of key sessions. Please join the Twitter conversation at #MICD50 and watch the daily mini interviews with mayors at www.usmayors.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
9:00 –10:45 a.m.
The Legacy of the Mayors' Institute on City Design
Video Presentation: 25 Years of the Mayors' Institute of City Design
Keynote Address: Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects and UCLA Distinguished Professor "Culture Now: The Contemporary American Condition"
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
How Design Has Shaped Chicago
2:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Design and Transportation: Parking, alternative transportation, transforming old transportation infrastructure, greenways and blueways. Panel includes:
Roundtable Facilitator: Marilyn Taylor, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Design and Development: Transit-oriented development, downtown development, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, creative placemaking, leveraging waterfronts. Panel includes:
Roundtable Facilitator: Chris Leinberger, Visiting Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Design and 21st Century Challenges: Sustainable infrastructure, aging in place, smart cities, climate adaptation, safety and security. Panel includes:
Roundtable Facilitator: Toni Griffin, President, Urban Design and Planning for the American City, Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard GSD
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
**PRESENTATIONS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Refining the Message: Working Session on Key Challenges and Opportunities in Creating Complete Communities
Remarks: Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Forum Recommendations and Federal Response
Participating Mayors to Honor The Design Legacy of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Moderator, Tom Cochran, USCM CEO & Executive Director
Presentation of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design to Mayor Daley (Annual Award Sponsored by USCM and AAF for Mayors who display leadership in City Design).
Remarks by Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago, USCM Past President
Keynote Address by Rocco Landesman, Chairman, NEA
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