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Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development

Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development

Cities have made a remarkable comeback, however large swaths of their populations are being left behind. Developers, lenders, advocates, and policy makers work to mitigate these disparities by creating innovative solutions and opportunity through equitable development. Now more than ever, new approaches are required to make cities places where individuals and families can thrive. At the center of making this work are initiatives that put equity at their core and strive to find the right mix of public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots policies, investments, and strategies that serve the needs of all residents and workers.  

In Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development, U-M Taubman College will convene experts at the forefront of designing, financing, developing and promoting better buildings, better outcomes and better futures for all across race, income, age, ability, household type and geography. This conference will examine the ground-breaking policy mechanisms, design innovations, and financial incentives that connect communities, build wealth, and create frameworks to promote equity across demographics. Join us as we investigate, define, and present solutions for social and equitable development to build better futures.

Guest Speakers Include:
Oscar Perry Abello, Next City
Chase Cantrell, Building Community Value
Sam Butler, Doing Development Differently
Maurice Cox, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
Melinda Clemons, Enterprise Community Partners
Jared Della Valle, Alloy
Kimberly Dowdell, Century Partners / U-M Taubman College
Kimberly Driggins, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
LoriAnn Girvan, Artscape
David Heller, NRP Group
Greg Morrow,  UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Jonathan Mueller, Bedrock
Kevin Ryan, Ford Foundation
Julie Schneider, City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department
Ann Yoachim, Tulane School of Architecture Small Center
Jess Zimbabwe, Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use

(Along with several faculty and student contributors from The University of Michigan)

Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development kicks off Thursday, February 21 with a keynote lecture by Carlo Ratti (Senseable City Lab / Carlo Ratti Associati). 

Free and open to the public. Please click here to register.

FULL SCHEDULE:

Thursday, February 21, 2019

6:00 PM Keynote
Carlo Ratti, Senseable City Lab / Carlo Ratti Associati

Friday, February 22, 2019

8:30 AM Breakfast and Check-in

9:00 AM Welcome
Marc Norman, U-M Taubman College

9:10 AM Panel 1: Development
Jared Della Valle, Alloy
LoriAnn Girvan, Artscape
Jonathan Mueller, Bedrock
Moderated by Marc Norman and Lan Deng, U-M Taubman College

10:30 AM Panel 2: Policy
Jess Zimbabwe, Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use
Elisabeth Gerber, U-M Public Policy
Oscar Perry Abello, Next City
Moderated by Marc Norman, U-M Taubman College

11:15 AM Keynote Lecture
Maurice Cox, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
Respondent: Luke Shaefer, U-M Poverty Solutions

12:00 PM Lunch Break

12:30 PM Panel 3: Curriculum
David Heller, NRP Group 
Ann Yoachim, Tulane School of Architecture Small Center
Greg Morrow,  UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Moderated by Jordan Davis (NRP Group) and India Solomon (U-M Taubman College)

1:45 PM Panel 4: Journalism
Sam Butler, Doing Development Differently
Kimberly Driggins, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
Oscar Perry Abello, Next City
Moderated by Sharilyn Hufford, U-M Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow / New York Times

3:00 PM Panel 5: Equitable Engagement and Detroit
Melinda Clemons, Enterprise Community Partners 
Kevin Ryan, Ford Foundation 
Julie Schneider, City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department
Moderated by Harley Etienne, U-M Taubman College

4:00 PM Closing Thoughts
Chase Cantrell, Building Community Value

4:30 PM Reception
Room 1360 (1st Floor)