June 24: ‘The Architecture of Transportation’ Design Symposium

11 AIA|LA Design Conference promotes healthier built environment, maximized investments

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design SymposiumFriday, June 24, 2011 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
provides 6.0 AIA HSW & SD learning units


“The Architecture of Transportation” design symposium PRESENTED BY PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF will serve as a forum to discuss innovative ideas about how to build transportation systems that support and strengthen healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods.

During the symposium, we will highlight the various aspects of what makes a complete community and apply these definitions of context in an effort to re-define the performance criteria we expect from our transit-oriented districts, in specific, and from our overall transportation infrastructure in general. Community activists, academics, business leaders, policy makers, planners, urban designers and architects will share insight and perspective on what immediate next-steps are essential to reach our common goals. The speakers will outline pathways for how we can maximize our investment and, at the same time, inspire healthier and more active lifestyles.

As we work to make our transportation system more integrated and delightful, we will create a more livable Los Angeles and ensure an economically competitive future for the whole region.


The symposium will be organized as a series of candid discussions moderated with the objective of developing a set of common goals and next steps. Whether it is developing consensus on what most effectively supports a complete community, or identifying regulatory reforms that need to be immediately addressed, the symposium will serve as an opportunity to bring a diverse public and professional community together.

We will all take part in the discussion about how best to transform our transportation system into an economically sustainable network that supports happier, healthier and more active living.

The day will be structured as a narrative expressed through the continuum of scale from the micro-level to complete communities, and from the regional level to the global aspects of what it means as a human wanting to experience movement.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Participants will learn about innovative and emerging case studies of transportation systems that encourage healthier and more active living, establishing a the thesis that the design of the built environment influences a population’s health, physical and psychological well-being.

Objective 2: In addition to learning about the fundamental advantages of ‘complete streets’, participants will learn different perspectives about what comprises a ‘complete community’ and thus, receive information about tactics to maximize opportunities for more pedestrian connectivity and sustainable development.

Objective 3: Participants will discuss and evaluate the prospects of developing a regional transportation system that facilitates the goals of SB 375 and AB 32, with an emphasis on redefining ‘level of service’ and reducing VMT’s in effort to lower GHG’s.

Objective 4: Participants will learn and discuss the requisite regulatory reforms that need to be implemented in effort to maximize the investment in healthier and more sustainable transportation systems.

For more information and to view the symposium schedule of events, visit the AIA|LA website.

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