Can you believe that it is October already? With 2019 arriving in less than three months, I would like to highlight twelve events that planners, architects, and landscape architects can look forward to in the new year.
For those of you who follow my writing, you should know by now that I am a big fan of conferences. As I explained in Rest for the Weary Planner, I see conferences as opportunities to learn, grow, network, and be inspired and/or encouraged. I always return to work from conferences feeling energized, refreshed, and more prepared to take on the challenges and assignments that await me. In 2018, I was fortunate to be able to attend the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Conference in Indianapolis, where I had the opportunity to meet with other members of the Health and Wellness Panel, attend a number of fascinating sessions on park design and planning, and spend some time exploring the wonderful state capital of Indiana. Without further ado, here are twelve conferences and meetings that may be of interest to those of us in the fields of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture:
(January 18, 2019; Los Angeles, CA)
As I shared previously in Land Use Law & Order and Land Use Law & Order: 2014 Edition, this is a conference that I have attended and enjoyed over the years. The amount of information shared by the speakers can be a bit overwhelming, but I always learn a lot and find it very helpful. Essentially, the one-day conference offers a big picture view of land use law and planning practice, with very knowledgeable speakers providing updates on state and federal case law and legislation as well as practice pointers. A few of the topics to be covered in 2018 included the housing crisis, CEQA updates, climate action plans, exactions, initiatives, and transportation infrastructure.
(February 17-20, 2019; Charleston, SC)
The Active Living Research Annual Conference brings together active living researchers and advocates from over 30 disciplines to advance knowledge and action around active communities. The theme of the 2019 conference is the Intended and Unintended Outcomes of Building Active and Healthy Communities. Examples of such outcomes include challenges, solutions, and lessons learned related to gentrification, pollution mitigation, shifting rural landscapes, economic development, sun exposure, injury prevention, health equity, social inclusion, and community engagement and empowerment. The conference agenda will have two focus areas: 1) research and 2) practice/policy. The goal of these focus areas is to encourage a broad audience to attend the conference and provide opportunities for exchange on how to use evidence to increase physical activity in diverse settings.
(March 24-27, 2019; Monterey, CA)
The 2019 California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Conference will be held in Monterey with the theme of “Waves of Change & Fields of Opportunity.” As with past conferences, the 2019 conference will provide an opportunity for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) practitioners and technical experts to meet and discuss important topics such as: CEQA/NEPA review; relationship between CEQA and planning; technical analysis in environmental planning; land use and management; transportation planning/policy; water supply/drought management; climate change adaptation; and shoreline issues/policy.
(April 13-16, 2019; San Francisco, CA)
This is the American Planning Association (APA)’s premier event each year. I attended the prior events in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle, and thoroughly enjoyed them. The theme of the 2019 Conference is “Planning Connects Us.” The Conference will offers a variety of tracks that call attention to emerging issues and guide planning practice, including: disaster resilience and climate change; managing change in communities; housing, community and economic development; transportation; politics, policy, and government; design, development, and preservation; planning practice and careers; technology and planning; planning, health, and the natural environment; planning for inclusiveness and social justice; small town and rural planning; international, comparative, and global planning; and academic and professional research.
(May 6-9, 2019; Rapid City, SD)
The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, held annually by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP), showcases innovative and creative approaches to nature-based outdoor recreation research, planning, and management. SORP is the nation’s leading association of outdoor recreation and related professionals who strive to protect our natural and cultural resources while providing sustainable recreation access. The theme of the 2019 conference is “Storytelling in Outdoor Recreation: Peoples, Places, Landscapes, Cultures.” The conference is typically attended by city, county, state, and federal outdoor recreation and related resource planners, managers, researchers, and administrators. I was at the conference in San Francisco four years ago and learned a great deal, especially during the tour of the Presidio.
(June 6-8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture is intended to be a gathering for architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders. The conference will offer numerous seminars, workshops, and opportunities to talk shop with nearly 800 exhibitors on the expo floor. In 2019, the conference will be held in Las Vegas, a city that captivates millions of visitors each year and is home to some of the most exciting and imaginative architecture and experiences in the world. Details on A’19 is forthcoming; to see highlights from last year’s conference, please go to this site.
(June 12-15, 2019; Louisville, KY)
For its 27th annual conference, the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) invites attendees to explore Louisville which has become a dynamic global transportation center with growing cultural diversity and a storied bootstrap ethos. Adding heart to its hub, Louisville adopted the Charter of Compassion in a commitment to a future of inclusion and kindness. The city is home to gracious historic neighborhoods, walkable New Urbanist communities, and a beloved “emerald necklace” parkway system. The conference will offer the following tracks: development; codes; housing; public realm/open space; architecture and design; climate/environment; transportation and mobility; suburban retrofit; compassionate city; implementing NU with local governments; tactical urbanism; Louisville Day; and art room (please visit this link for more information about each track).
(July 20-24, 2019; Denver, CO)
Presented by City Parks Alliance, this is the leading international urban parks conference where attendees will be able to learn about the latest in global park innovation, new methods to engage city dwellers and urban communities around the value and importance of urban parks, and how they are addressing critical environmental and societal issues such as climate change and community health. It also provides essential lessons on sustainable park creation and management. Greater & Greener explores how urban parks can be designed, developed, programmed, funded, and sustained to meet increasing city demands. Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 urban park leaders, city planning and design professionals, public officials, advocates, funders, and innovators from 200 cities and 20 countries to attend the event in Denver.
(September 15-18, 2019; Santa Barbara, CA)
The California Chapter of APA hosts its annual conference in the Fall. I was at last year’s outstanding event which was held in Sacramento. APA California Conferences typically include an opening reception, keynote speakers, concurrent tracks of programs and seminars including practical “nuts and bolts” sessions, mobile workshops to local planning related venues, the APA California Awards ceremony, and the California Planning Foundation auction to raise funds for scholarships that will be awarded to planning students. The 2018 conference is being held in San Diego as this goes to publication with the theme of “Shaping Our Future: Planning Places for all”; the program is available at this link.
(September 18-21, 2019; Washington, D.C.)
As a multidisciplinary real estate forum, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. The ULI Fall Meeting typically attracts over 6,500 attendees, including developers, investors, architects, planners, brokers, attorneys, and government officials. According to ULI, it is the only event that brings together leaders from every sector of the real estate development industry in one place. The 2018 meeting is being held in Boston; for more information, please visit this page.
(October 24-27, 2019; Greenville, SC)
Unless you are a professor or Ph.D. candidate in urban planning, you probably do not know what the ACSP is. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning is an organization that promotes planning education, research, service, and outreach in the U.S. and across the world by seeking to: recognize diverse needs and interests in planning; strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement; improve and enhance the accreditation process; and extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice. The 2018 Annual Conference is being held in Buffalo, NY and the 2019 Conference will be held in Greenville, SC and hosted by Clemson University.
(November 15-18, 2019; San Diego, CA)
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. The ASLA’s Annual Meeting and Expo is the premier event for landscape architecture professionals. It is the largest landscape architecture trade show in the world, drawing over 5,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors each year. Next year’s meeting and expo will take place in San Diego; for information about the 2018 event in Philadelphia, please visit this page.
Note: Photo of 2019 calendar by author.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone.