We invite you to register now for the CSU Green Cities Lecture 2023 on Walkable Density: A New Paradigm, taking place on February 28, 2023, from 12-1pm ET.

The event will be hosted via Zoom, and the link to join will be available on the online Eventbrite page when the event begins. In addition, all registered attendees will receive an email with the link to access the event.

Please join CSU as we welcome our honorary guest speaker David Dixon and moderator Lance J. Brown on February 28 from 12-1pm ET for our next Green Cities Event of 2023!

We will be exploring walkable density: a new paradigm for enhancing livability, opportunity, equity, and environmental responsibility for cities and suburbs alike.

It’s time to bring “density” into the spotlight and empower communities to use it as a tool to effectively manage the accelerating pace of demographic, economic, environmental, social, and technological changes for the public’s benefit. This new paradigm, known as “walkable density,” emphasizes that density should not be seen as a goal in itself but rather as a threshold strategy to achieve core community goals, such as enhancing livability, expanding economic opportunity and equity, reversing decades of sprawl, and more. By doing this, we aim to remove density from being an untouchable third rail of community building and empower local officials, community leaders, planners, and developers to address critical questions about the role of density. For instance, how much and what kind of density do communities need to:

  • Transform an arterial corridor into a walkable “Main Street” for adjacent neighborhoods?
  • Reinvigorate small, medium, or large city downtown as engines for livability, inclusivity, and economic competitiveness?
  • Transform outmoded industrial districts or dead malls into lively mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods?
  • Reinvent public housing developments into mixed-income neighborhoods without displacement?
  • How can this density be planned, programmed, and designed to enhance my neighborhood?

Learning objectives

  • Explain the features of the “walkable density” paradigm and compare it to traditional density approaches.
  • Evaluate the advantages and challenges of using density as a tool for managing change in communities.
  • Analyze successful and unsuccessful density applications in different contexts to understand the factors influencing their outcomes.
  • Develop a plan to apply walkable density principles in a community, considering community goals, available resources, stakeholder engagement, and challenges.

Co-Sponsoring Organizations for Green Cities 2023

Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, UN-Habitat, AIA New York, AIANY Planning & Design, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Habitat Professionals Forum for Sustainable Cities, Perkins-Eastman, Creative Exchange Lab, Columbia Center for Buildings, Infrastructure & Public Space and Global Urban Development (GUD)

To ensure you receive the email notification, please make sure your email address is up-to-date on Eventbrite. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Green Cities Event!

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